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NZ Sharemarket Continues Positive Gains

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Wellington, Sept 29 NZPA - The New Zealand sharemarket continued its rise this morning, building on yesterday's gains and positive signs from overseas markets yesterday.

The benchmark NZSX-50 index, which rose 19.924 points yesterday, was up 13.446 points, or 0.429 percent, to 3144.621 at 10.15am.

Nearly two dozen stocks in the top 50 gained ground, led by AMP, which rose 25c, or 3.42 percent, to 755 and the ANZ Banking Group, which was up 95c, or 3.3 percent, to $29.70.

Fisher & Paykel Appliances was up 2c to 69, Rakon up 3c to 128, The Warehouse up 2c to 414 and AMP Office, up 1c to 85.

Also rising were G PG up 1c to 88, Auckland Airport 2c to 187, Pike River Coal 1c to 100 and ING Medical Properties Trust 1c to 117.

Telecom was unchanged at 265, unaffected by the Government this morning releasing a discussion document on reforming the Telecommunications Service Obligations to progress rural access to broadband.

The only stocks in the red this morning were Contact Energy, down 2c to 571, Steel & Tube, down 3c to 310, and Hellaby Holdings, losing 4c to 166.

In Australia the sharemarket was expected to open higher after takeover optimism drove US stocks higher overnight. Yesterday it finished the day lower as fears about the sustainability of the economic recovery sparked a broad-based sell-off. The benchmark S&P/ASX200 index closed down 35.9 points, or 0.76 percent, at 4677.4 points, while the broader All Ordinaries index lost 37.9 points, or 0.8 percent, to 4676.9 points.

In the US stocks rallied yesterday, snapping a three-day losing streak, as a spurt of corporate takeovers in the technology and health-care sectors fuelled optimism about share values.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 124.17 points, or 1.28 percent, to end at 9789.36. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index gained 18.60 points, or 1.78 percent, to 1062.98. The Nasdaq Composite Index shot up 39.82 points, or 1.90 percent, to 2130.74.

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