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Australia shares set for quiet start, NZ stocks subdued
February 21, 2016 / 9:32 PM / in 2 years

Australia shares set for quiet start, NZ stocks subdued

SYDNEY, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Australian shares are set for a
quiet start on Monday, tracking a flat session on Wall Street,
but natural resources stocks could receive a boost from a rise
in metal prices.
    Global miner BHP Billiton is expected to open
around 1 percent higher after a gain in its U.S. ADRs.
    Local share price index futures, at 4,919, were
unchanged from the close of the underlying S&P/ASX 200 index
 on Friday.
    The benchmark jumped nearly 4 percent last week, reversing
the previous week's losses.
    Earnings season continues with Boart Longyear,
Bluescope Steel, UGL, NIB and Spark
Infrastructure due to release results.
    New Zealand's benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index edged lower
in early trade, having jumped 3.5 percent last week.
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 (Reporting by Cecile Lefort; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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