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Australia shares set to rise on easing lockdowns, NZ firms

    Oct 19 (Reuters) - Australian shares are expected to rise on
Monday as Victoria state easing its lockdown on declining
coronavirus cases is likely to lift the mood, helped by U.S.
officials saying a new stimulus package could be passed before
elections. 
    The local share price index futures          rose 0.6%, a
26.2-point premium to the underlying S&P/ASX 200 index        
close, as at 2102 GMT. The benchmark fell 0.5% on Friday.
    New Zealand's benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index         rose 0.2%
in early trade.

 (Reporting by Anushka Trivedi in Bengaluru; Editing by Daniel
Wallis)
  
 
 
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