(Updates to close)
SYDNEY Aug 27 Australian shares added 0.2
percent to touch a fresh six-year closing high in choppy trade
on Wednesday, with investor sentiment supported by strong
earnings and a firmer Wall Street, but a handful of top-tier
firms trading ex-dividend pared gains.
The S&P/ASX 200 index added 13.6 points to 5,651.2
at the close of trade, a second session of gains. The benchmark
edged 0.1 percent higher on Tuesday.
New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index added 0.9
percent or 48.1 points to 5,243.7.
(Reporting by Thuy Ong; Editing by Eric Meijer)