February 7, 2017 / 9:21 PM / a year ago

Australia shares to open flat; NZ edges lower

    Feb 8 (Reuters) - Australian shares are set to open flat on
Wednesday with little inspiration from Wall Street amid weaker
commodity prices.
    A focal point for investors will be miner Rio Tinto's
         full year results.
    The local share price index futures          was up 0.1
percent, or 3 points, at 5,575, a 46.9 point discount to the
underlying S&P/ASX 200 index         close. 
    The benchmark closed 0.1 percent up in the previous sesion.
    New Zealand's benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index         was 0.1
percent, or 10.09 points, lower at 7,056.96 at 2111 GMT.
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 (Reporting by Susan Mathew in Bengaluru; editing by John
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