October 20, 2015 / 10:14 PM / 2 years ago

Australia shares seen subdued as Wall Street falters

SYDNEY, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Australian shares are set for a
lacklustre start on Wednesday with a negative finish on Wall
Street and a mixed performance in commodity prices likely to
weigh on investors already fretting about slower Chinese growth.
    Stock index futures eased 0.3 percent to 5,199.0, a
36.6-point discount to the underlying S&P/ASX 200 index.
The benchmark ended 0.7 percent lower on Tuesday.
    Ahead of the opening bell, BHP Billiton announced
its operational review for the third quarter, maintaining
production guidance across all its businesses. 
    New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index edged up 0.2
percent, or 10.6 points, to 5,906.1 in early trade, reaching
fresh two-month highs.
    
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 (Reporting by Ian Chua; Editing by Toni Reinhold)

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