MARKET CLOSE: NZ shares rise to 5-year high

New Zealand shares rose, pushing the NZX 50 Index to a new five-year high, led by stocks that are among broker picks for 2013, such as PGG Wrightson and Ryman Healthcare.

The NZX 50 rose 15.45 points, or 0.4%, to 4080.90, the highest close since December 2007, bringing its gain this year to 24%. Within the index, 22 stocks rose, 12 fell and 16 were unchanged. Turnover was a lower-than-average $57 million, reflecting reduced trading during the Christmas-New Year holiday period.

PGG Wrightson, the nation's biggest rural services company, gained 4.8% to 44c, the highest close since September 2011. It was among three companies singled out in a New Zealand Herald survey of brokers this week for gains in 2013.

Of the other two, Ryman rose 0.7% to a record $4.51 and Diligent Board Member Services rose 0.6% to $5.47, for a 183% gain this year.

"There's quite a lot of confidence in the market" for 2013, said Greg Easton, an adviser at Craigs Investment Partners. "While we don't expect another 25% gain next year, returns will still beat the banks."

Telecom rose 2.9% to $2.31 and has gained 9.2% this year. Australian wealth manager AMP rose 2.8% to $6.17.

Hellaby Holdings rose 5.6% to $3.38, adding to its gains yesterday, when the company said it would buy a controlling stake in specialised engineering maintenance and industrial cleaning company Contract Resources.

Pacific Edge, which is marketing a test for bladder cancer, rose 6% to 53c.

Fletcher Building, the biggest company on the NZX 50, fell 0.6% to $8.40. Contact Energy declined 0.2% to $5.27.

Hallenstein Glasson fell 1.1% to $5.34 and Restaurant Brands fell 1.5% to $2.64.

Mainfreight rose 1.1%t to $11.80, OceanaGold climbed 1.5% to $3.45 and Sky Network TV rose 1.2% to $4.90.

Steel & Tube Holdings dropped 1.6% to $2.40 and was the biggest decliner today.

BusinessDesk


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NZ Market Snapshot

Forex

Sym Price Change
USD 0.7188 0.0000 0.00%
AUD 0.9481 0.0000 0.00%
EUR 0.6451 0.0000 0.00%
GBP 0.5452 0.0000 0.00%
HKD 5.5895 0.0000 0.00%
JPY 73.1040 0.0000 0.00%

Commods

Commodity Price Change Time
Gold Index 1349.0 16.400 2016-07-29T00:
Oil Brent 43.5 -1.170 2016-07-29T00:
Oil Nymex 41.6 0.430 2016-07-29T00:
Silver Index 20.3 0.155 2016-07-29T00:

Indices

Symbol Open High Last %
NZX 50 7306.4 7357.7 7306.4 0.57%
NASDAQ 5162.1 5175.8 5155.0 0.14%
DAX 10320.8 10355.3 10274.9 0.61%
DJI 18442.5 18466.5 18456.3 -0.13%
FTSE 6721.1 6740.5 6721.1 0.05%
HKSE 22056.0 22152.8 22174.3 -1.28%
NI225 16359.7 16679.2 16476.8 0.56%
ASX 5556.6 5570.4 5556.6 0.10%