Dec 22 Australian shares are likely to open
higher on Thursday, with commodity stocks seen benefitting from
the retreat of the U.S. dollar from a 14-year peak.
The local share price index futures fell 0.1
percent, or 8 points, to 5,571, a 42.5-point discount to the
underlying S&P/ASX 200 index close. The benchmark closed
0.4 percent up, sticking to its 16-month high.
New Zealand's benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index opened 0.23
percent, or 15.9 points up, to 6,818.7 at 2112 GMT
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(Reporting by Susan Mathew in Bengaluru)