January 8, 2018 / 9:25 PM / in a year

Australia shares seen flat as Wall St pauses for breath; NZ up

    Jan 9 (Reuters) - Australian shares are expected to be
little changed at open on Tuesday as a blistering run on Wall
Street, which the local index often looks to for cues, lost
steam with healthcare and financial stocks weighing on major
    U.S. indexes barely moved on Monday as investors took a
breather ahead of earnings season and after a strong start to
    The Australian local share price index futures          rose
0.1 percent or 8 points to 6,089, a 41.4-point discount to the
underlying S&P/ASX 200 index         close. The benchmark rose
0.1 percent to close at a 10-year high on Monday.
    New Zealand's benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index         rose 0.1
percent in early trade.

 (Reporting by Chris Thomas in Bengaluru; Editing by Alison
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