MONSTER PROFIT: An outlet of New Zealand's largest telecommunication company Spark in Wellington. The company posted a 93.3% rise in annual net profit, with one-off items preventing the carrier slipping into negative territory. (Neil Sands, AFP)
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Asian shares have lifted after the S&P 500 index notched up a new record high, as traders awaited a keynote speech by Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen.
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