Oct 14 (Reuters) - Australian shares are expected to decline on Wednesday as the mood soured after a United States fiscal stimulus package faced another hurdle and a major drugmaker halted its COVID-19 vaccine trial. The local share price index futures fell 0.9%, a 47.7-point discount to the underlying S&P/ASX 200 index close, as at 2035 GMT. The benchmark closed up about 1% on Tuesday. New Zealand's benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index rose 0.05% in early trade. (Reporting by Anushka Trivedi in Bengaluru)
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