(Updates with NZ shares opening after technical glitch)
March 8 Australian shares slipped at the opening
on Wednesday while New Zealand shares opened flat after a
technical glitch delayed the start of trading by 90 minutes.
New Zealand's benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index was flat at
7166.64 at 2315 GMT. The S&P/ASX 200 index was down 0.26
percent or 15.09 points at 5746.3.
The NZX said it "experienced issues with its trading system
and FIX gateway connections" that required a restart of the
system, delaying the open. Traders expect lower volumes on the
bourse over the day as a result.
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(Reporting by Urvashi Goenka and Anusha Ravindranath in
Bengaluru; Editing by Jane Wardell and Richard Borsuk)