August 22, 2018 / 10:12 PM / a month ago

Australia shares to edge higher, held back by political uncertainty; NZ dips

    Aug 23 (Reuters) - Australian shares are set to open
slightly higher on Thursday, with rising oil prices benefiting
energy stocks, but political uncertainty over Prime Minister
Malcolm Turnbull's government may unnerve investor sentiment.
    The local share price index futures          rose 0.3
percent, a 13-point discount to the underlying S&P/ASX 200 index
        close. The benchmark fell 0.3 percent on Wednesday.
    New Zealand's benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index         was 0.3
percent lower in early trade.

 (Reporting by Nikhil Kurian Nainan in Bengaluru
Editing by James Dalgleish)
  
 
 
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