SYDNEY, May 26 Australian shares are expected to
climb on Thursday for the second straight session of gains,
helped by positive cues from Wall Street and firmer oil.
Local share price index futures rose 0.6 percent
overnight to 5,402, sitting at a 29.5-point premium to the
underlying S&P/ASX 200 index. The benchmark bounced off
a two-week low to end 1.5 percent higher on Wednesday.
New Zealand's benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index inched up
0.1 percent to 6,915.33 in early deals.
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(Reporting by Swati Pandey; Editing by Chris Reese)