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Market close: shares rise - Ryman, Port of Tauranga end week at record high

New Zealand stocks rose, pushing the NZX 50 Index to a record, as retirement village operator Ryman Healthcare and Port of Tauranga charted new highs.

The NZX 50 rose 26.23 points, or 0.6 percent, to 4,435.76, the highest since the inception of the gross index in 2003. Within the index, 27 stocks rose, 16 fell and seven were unchanged. Turnover was $122 million.

Ryman, a perennial market darling because of its unbroken profit growth, gained 1.8 percent to $5.20 and has climbed 62 percent in the past 12 months.

"More and more people like the growth story Ryman is bringing," says Grant Williamson, director at Hamilton Hindin Greene. "The darling of the market just continues to gain traction."

Rival rest home company Summerset Group gained 0.7 percent to $2.74 and Metlifecare rose 1.6 percent to $3.22.

Port of Tauranga, the nation's busiest export port, gained 2.1 percent to $14.50, a record close.

"You can see what happens when you have the right management," Mr Williamson says. As a major export port, the high kiwi dollar may loom as a threat to volumes though that is offset by high commodity prices.

Bathurst Resources tumbled 19 percent to 26 cents after Royal New Zealand Forest & Bird Society and West Coast Environmental Network made an appeal against the mining company's consent for its Escarpment open-cut mine.

Fletcher Building, the biggest company on the benchmark index, rose 0.7 percent to $8.66. Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, which gets more than 50 percent of its sales in US dollars, rose 0.4 percent to $2.43.

Contact Energy, the biggest power company on the bourse, gained 2.5 percent to $5.81.

Mr Williamson says interest in Contact has been heightened since offer documents for Mighty River Power's share sale were released, showing the listed company "compared quite favourably on multiples" with MRP.

Hallenstein Glasson Holdings, the clothing chain, fell 1.2 percent to $5.66. Warehouse Group, the biggest retailer on the NZX 50, rose 0.8 percent to $3.76.

Among manufacturers, Skellerup gained 4.4 percent to $1.43 and Nuplex Industries rose 0.3 percent to $3.25. Methven, the tapware maker, gained 2.6 percent to $1.20.

SkyCity Entertainment Group was up 2.2 percent to $4.26.

(BusinessDesk)