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NZ shares fall from record high

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 8/04/2016 Sophie Boot

NZ shares fall from record high © Getty Images/Hagen Hopkins NZ shares fall from record high New Zealand shares dropped as some investors took advantage of the S&P/NZX 50 Index at a record high to sell stocks and lock in profits. SkyCity Entertainment Group extended its decline on its chief executive's resignation. Kathmandu Holdings and Orion Health Group gained.

The S&P/NZX 50 shed 24.94 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 6,730.29. Within the index, 23 stocks fell, 23 rose and four were unchanged. Turnover was $212.8 million.The benchmark index has gained 6.8 per cent so far this year to reach yesterday's record.

"We're having a little bit of retracement today - we had a massive performance over the last six weeks," said Shane Solly, director at Harbour Asset Management. "We're getting a little bit of profit taking, which is not surprising after a really strong rally."

SkyCity, which has been the subject of takeover speculation, led declines for a second straight session after chief executive Nigel Morrison announced on Thursday he had resigned after an eight-year tenure.

Sky TV dropped 2.3 per cent to $4.65, having gained 3.7 per cent this year.

Australia's S&P/ASX 200 Index was down 0.6 per cent, with dual-listed banks ANZ and Westpac dropping. On the local bourse, ANZ lost 1.6 per cent to $24.90, and Westpac dropped 1.4 per cent to $31.69.

Kathmandu Holdings was the biggest gainer, up 3 per cent to $1.70. It has risen 5.8 per cent this year, having posted a first-half profit of $9.4 million, met guidance, and affirmed full-year forecast profit of $30.2 million.

Orion Health Group advanced 2.9 per cent to $3.95, an eight-month high.

Kiwi Property Group dropped 1 per cent to $1.45. New Zealand's biggest listed property investor has agreed to buy 50 per cent of Hamilton's The Base shopping centre from Tainui Group Holdings for $192.5 million and offered $197.5 million for the balance.

Outside the main index, Michael Hill International was unchanged at $1 and has gained 1 per cent this year.

Vista Group International gained 0.6 per cent to $5.38. The cinema software and analytics firm bought movie website Flicks for an undisclosed sum.

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