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Australia, New Zealand Stocks: ASX, Henderson Group, Wesfarmers

Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index rose 0.6 percent to 4,648.20 as of 4:50 p.m. in Sydney. New Zealand’s NZX 50 Index climbed 0.8 percent to 3,289.75 in Wellington.

The following were among the most active shares in the market today. Stock symbols are in parentheses after company names.

ASX Ltd. (ASX AU), Australia’s main stock-exchange operator, gained 2.5 percent to A$34.96 after the Australian Financial Review reported in its Street Talk column that potential rival Chi-X Global Inc. has delayed its start date until May. Peter Fowler, Chi-X Australia Pty’s chief operating officer, said later in an e-mail to Bloomberg News that it’s still working towards starting by March.

Henderson Group Plc (HGG AU) lost 0.5 percent to A$2.14. The U.K. money manager had its rating cut to “hold” from “buy” by analysts led by Paul Buys at Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc.

Wesfarmers Ltd. (WES AU) advanced 0.4 percent to A$33.90. Australia’s second-largest retailer was raised to “neutral” from “underperform” at Credit Suisse Group AG.

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