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SYDNEY, Aug 22 (Reuters) - Australian shares edged 0.1 percent higher on Friday, boosted by solid earnings from Santos Ltd which supported the energy sector, though gains were tempered as some stocks traded ex-dividend.
Santos jumped 3.9 percent to A$15.16, its highest since November 2013.
The S&P/ASX 200 index added 6.7 points to 5,645.6 at the close of trade, and gained 1.4 percent for the week, climbing for a second week. The benchmark posted its seventh consecutive session of gains, its longest such streak since mid-July.
New Zealand’s benchmark NZX 50 index added 0.3 percent, or 14.1 points to 5,167.0. (Reporting by Thuy Ong; Editing by Richard Borsuk)