April 18, 2018 / 10:17 PM / 6 months ago

Australia shares set to open higher; NZ opens slightly higher

    April 19 (Reuters) - Australian shares are expected to rise
on Thursday, helped by the materials and energy sectors,
underpinned by robust commodities and oil prices.
    Oil futures jumped nearly 3 percent on Wednesday on a
decline in U.S. crude inventories, amid reports that top
exporter Saudi Arabia seeks to see the crude price closer to
$100 a barrel.      
    The local share price index futures          rose 0.43 pct,
or 25 points, a 1.6-point premium to the underlying S&P/ASX 200
index         close. The benchmark ended 0.3 percent higher on
Wednesday.
    New Zealand's benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index         rose 0.016
percent at 2208 GMT.

 (Reporting by Mensholong Lepcha; 
Editing by Sandra Maler)
  
 
 
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