January 1, 2018 / 9:48 PM / a year ago

Australia shares set for dim start to 2018

    Jan 2 (Reuters) - Australian shares are seen logging a soft
start to 2018 on Tuesday, tracking a weak finish on Wall Street
in the previous session, with thin trading expected in the
absence of cues as financial markets worldwide remained shut for
the New Year's holiday.
    U.S. stocks closed out their best year since 2013 on a down
note on Friday, with losses in technology and financial stocks
keeping equities in negative territory for the session.     
    In Australia, the local share price index futures         
fell 0.4 percent or 27 points to 6,019, a 46.1-point discount to
the underlying S&P/ASX 200 index         close. The benchmark
fell 0.4 percent on Friday.
    New Zealand is closed for a public holiday.

 (Reporting by Chris Thomas in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter
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