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Australia shares expected to begin firm; NZ flat
May 1, 2017 / 10:44 PM / 7 months ago

Australia shares expected to begin firm; NZ flat

    May 2 (Reuters) - Australian shares are expected to open
firm on Tuesday, tracking gains in Wall Street, while investors
await a key central bank policy meeting.
    In its monthly policy meeting later in the day, the Reserve
Bank of Australia is seen holding its cash rate at a record low
of 1.5 percent, according to a Reuters poll of economists.
    The local share price index futures          rose 0.15
percent, or 9 points, to 5945, an 11.5-point discount to the
underlying S&P/ASX 200 index         close.
    The benchmark finished 0.6 percent higher in the previous
    New Zealand's benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index         was flat at
2231 GMT.
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 (Reporting by Rushil Dutta in Bengaluru; Editing by James

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