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Australia shares finish flat as weak jobs data offsets strong earnings
February 13, 2014 / 5:25 AM / 4 years ago

Australia shares finish flat as weak jobs data offsets strong earnings

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SYDNEY, Feb 13 (Reuters) - Australian shares finished flat in choppy trade on Thursday, but still at 3-week highs, after weak job numbers tempered interest in firms reporting strong earnings.

The S&P/ASX 200 index benchmark slipped two points to finish at 5,308.1, snapping five sessions of gains, its longest winning streak since mid-October. The benchmark rose 1.1 percent on Wednesday.

New Zealand’s benchmark NZX 50 index edged 0.1 percent higher to 4,873.5. (Reporting by Thuy Ong; Editing by Eric Meijer)

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