Australia shares inch closer to 7-year peak, NZ stocks steady

April 10, 2015 4:25 AM

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SYDNEY/WELLINGTON, April 10 (Reuters) - Australian shares rose on Friday, helped by a positive lead from Wall Street, with utilities and energy sectors making solid contributions as oil prices regained some ground.

The S&P/ASX 200 index gained 0.4 percent to 5956.5 by 0411 GMT, inching closer to a seven-year peak of just under 6,000.

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