* JB Hi-Fi, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank up on profit jump
* Seven West Media rises 10.6% after Google partnership
* Coca-Cola Amatil rises on takeover offer hike
* NZ bourse hits lowest since Nov. 23
Feb 15 (Reuters) - Australian shares advanced on Monday,
bouncing back from last week's losses, as Wall Street's record
finish on Friday and positive domestic corporate earnings
boosted investor sentiment.
The S&P/ASX 200 index was up 1% at 6,877.10 by 0030
GMT, its biggest intraday percentage jump since Feb. 5, after
shedding 0.6% in the previous session.
On Friday, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq set record
closing highs on hopes of new fiscal aid from Washington to help
the U.S. economy recover, while a sharp drop in new COVID-19
cases and hospitalisations in recent weeks also lifted market
In Australia, miners and financials were the
biggest boosts to the benchmark index, climbing 1.8% and 0.7%,
All other sub-indexes also traded in positive territory,
with energy firms adding 1.9% and tech stocks gaining
Retailer JB Hi-Fi climbed 2.1% after posting an
86.2% surge in half-year profit, while Bendigo and Adelaide Bank
jumped as much as 10.5% and was the biggest gainer on
the benchmark after logging a 67% rise in half-year profit.
Seven West Media gained 10.6% to hit its highest
since May 2019 after it entered a deal with Alphabet Inc's
Google to provide content for the tech company's News
Coca-Cola Amatil rose 2.1% after Coca-Cola European
Partners raised its takeover offer by about 6%.
Casino operator Crown Resorts was up 1.1% after
Chief Executive Officer Ken Barton resigned following an inquiry
into money laundering allegations.
In New Zealand, the benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index
slipped 1% to 12,469.12, its lowest since Nov. 23, 2020.
On Sunday, the country announced a three-day lockdown in its
biggest city Auckland after three COVID-19 cases emerged, the
first local infections since late January.
($1 = 1.2892 Australian dollars)
(Reporting by Sameer Manekar in Bengaluru; Editing by