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SYDNEY Aug 15 Australian shares ended 0.32
percent higher on Friday, tracking Wall Street and as an uptick
among miners helped bolster gains, though the investor mood was
dampened as ANZ Bank's earnings failed to cheer.
Australia's No.3 bank by market value, Australia and New
Zealand Banking Group Ltd, lost 1.07 percent.
The S&P/ASX 200 index notched up 18.03 points to
finish at 5,566.50 points. The benchmark ended 0.6 percent
higher on Thursday, and jumped 2.41 percent for the week, its
biggest weekly gain since mid-February.
New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index added 0.3
percent or 15.7 points to finish the session at 5,078.8.
(Editing by Richard Borsuk)