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Australia shares expected to drift lower, NZ falls
April 19, 2017 / 10:16 PM / 8 months ago

Australia shares expected to drift lower, NZ falls

    April 20 (Reuters) - Australian shares are expected to slip
on Thursday as weakness in oil and iron ore prices along with
declines in U.S. stocks affect sentiment.
    Oil dipped to a two-week low as output cuts by the
Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) were
offset by U.S. shale producers.      
    Iron ore futures extended losses to a third day amid
concerns that supply was outpacing demand in China.           
    Sentiment is also expected to be dampened by the fall in the
S&P 500 and Dow 30, dragged down by disappointing corporate
    The local share price index futures          fell 13 points,
or 0.2 percent, to 5,784, a 20-point discount to the underlying
S&P/ASX 200 index         close. The benchmark fell 0.6 percent
on Wednesday.
    New Zealand's benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index         fell 0.2
percent, or 15.82 points, to 7,202.7 in early trade.
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 (Reporting by Hanna Paul in Bengaluru; Editing by Jonathan

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