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Australia shares poised for a flat start as commodities hurt; NZ strong
January 3, 2017 / 9:32 PM / a year ago

Australia shares poised for a flat start as commodities hurt; NZ strong

Jan 4 (Reuters) - Australian shares are set to open flat on
Wednesday, with positive leads from Wall Street and European
markets tempered by losses in commodities such as iron ore and
    Local share market futures were little changed
overnight at 5,704 points, a 0.5 percent discount to the
underlying S&P/ASX 200 index.
    The benchmark began the year up 1.2 percent, hitting a
19-month high on Tuesday.
    New Zealand's benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index opened 2017
up 0.5 percent or 38.25 points, touching its highest in a month
at 6,919.5 in early trade.
    Healthcare and materials stocks led initial gains, with
medical device maker Fisher and Paykel up 2.1 percent. 
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 (Reporting by Aparajita Saxena in Bengaluru; Editing by Robin

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