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Australia shares set to end week in positive territory; NZ gains

    Aug 21 (Reuters) - Australian shares were poised to inch
higher on Friday, spurred by a tech-fueled rally on Wall Street
overnight that saw the Nasdaq Composite         finishing at a
record high.
    The local share price index futures          ticked up 0.2%,
a 38-point discount to the underlying S&P/ASX 200 index        
close. The benchmark fell 0.8% in the previous session.
    New Zealand's benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index         rose 0.5%
by 2222 GMT.

 (Reporting by Deepali Saxena; Editing by Sandra Maler)
  
 
 
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