The local sharemarket has headed into the holidays at a record high.

NZX in Auckland.

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The NZX Top 50 index has extended yesterday’s break through the symbolic 13,000 level, as investors picked up underpriced stocks and positioned themselves for the new year.

The index ended a shortened trading session 18 points higher at 13,038, off its highs for the day but still a record close.

So far this year, the New Zealand market has risen nearly 14 percent, making it one of the best performing in the developed world.