February 20, 2017 / 9:28 PM / 9 months ago

Australian shares poised to edge lower; NZ steady

    Feb 21 (Reuters) - Australian shares are seen inching lower
at the open on Tuesday, with company results likely to direct
trading through the day.
    The world's biggest miner by market value, BHP Billiton
        , will be reporting first half results later in the day.
The company has been struggling to find a way forward after a
12-day strike at its Chilean copper mine Escondida.            
    The local share price index futures          fell 0.1
percent, a 47.09-point discount to the underlying S&P/ASX 200
index         close. The benchmark fell 0.2 percent on Monday.
    New Zealand's benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index         was flat in
early trade.
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 (Reporting by Shashwat Pradhan in Bengaluru)

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