October 17, 2019 / 9:51 PM / a month ago

Australia shares set for soft open ahead of China data, NZ edges up

    Oct 18 (Reuters) - Australian shares are expected to open
slightly lower on Friday, as investors will likely exercise
caution ahead of growth data from the country's biggest trade
partner, China. 
    Mining heavyweights such as BHP Group          and Rio Tinto
         are likely to be pressured due to tumbling iron ore
    The local share price index futures          fell 0.2% or 13
points, a 33.7-point discount to the underlying S&P/ASX 200
index         close. The benchmark skidded 0.8% on Thursday to
snap a five-session rally.
    New Zealand's benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index         inched up
by 0.1%, or 10.13 points, to 11,151.99.

 (Reporting by Devika Syamnath in Bengaluru; 
Editing by Sandra Maler)
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