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Australia : Australia shares end higher on banks, miners; A2 Milk weighs on NZ

May 16, 2018 (Euclid Infotech Ltd via COMTEX) --

Australian shares posted modest gains on Wednesday supported by bank stocks and miners, while New Zealand shares fell to their lowest in over a week as a2 Milk shares weighed.

The S&P/ASX 200 index rose 0.2 per cent, or 9.2 points, to 6,107, adding to gains of 0.6 per cent on Tuesday.

BHP was the biggest boost to the index, advancing 1.4 per cent as iron ore, oil and copper prices rose.

Westpac Banking's 0.7 per cent rise followed.

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