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CORRECTED-Australia shares close at record high on mining, energy boost

(Corrects headline and second paragraph to say ‘record high’, not ‘three-month’ high)

* Australia shares gain 2.1% on week, NZ down 2.2%

* Miners rise 2% for day, energy stocks gain 1.7%

* Broader market tracks Wall Street higher

May 28 (Reuters) - Australian shares settled more than 1% higher on Friday, posting their best week in seven, as mining and energy stocks tracked an uptick in commodity prices, while strong U.S. data boosted hopes of an economic recovery and lifted sentiment globally.

The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index closed 1.2% higher at 7,179.50, a record high, and posting a weekly gain of 2.1%.

Metals and mining stocks jumped 2%, adding 1.6% for the week, as iron ore futures rose after China said it planned to curb steel output to meet its peak carbon emission target.

Rio Tinto and BHP Group rose 2.6% and 2.9%, respectively. Fortescue Metals, on the other hand, slipped 0.7% after it raised the cost estimate for its Iron Bridge magnetite project for the second time this year.

Energy stocks gained 1.7% as oil prices climbed on promising U.S. economic data and expectations of a strong rebound in global fuel demand in the third quarter.

Index heavyweights Santos and Oil Search advanced 2.3% and 2.2%, respectively.

Financial stocks rose more than 1% with the “Big Four” Australian banks gaining between 1.1% and 1.4%.

The broader market was also aided by an uptick in U.S. shares overnight after data showed an improvement in the labour market.

A separate report by the Commerce Department confirmed that gross domestic product rose at a 6.4% annualised rate last quarter, compared with a 4.3% growth in the fourth.

In New Zealand, the benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index fell 0.5% to 12,182.25, with real estate and utilities stocks being the biggest drags on the index.

The biggest loser on the index was Mercury NZ, which fell 5.8% in its worst day since July 9, while Pushpay Holdings slipped 2.9% to NZ$1.690. (Reporting by Tejaswi Marthi in Bengaluru; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)

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