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SYDNEY, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Australian shares rose 0.2 percent on Monday, with financials and gold miners supporting the market on the back of gains in regional bourses and higher commodities prices.
The S&P/ASX 200 index rose 12 points to 5,135.4. The benchmark advanced 1 percent on Friday. New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index added 0.5 percent or 21.5 points to finish the session at 4,545.7. (Reporting by Thuy Ong; Editing by Jeremy Laurence)