March 13, 2018 / 9:12 PM / a year ago

Australia shares set to slip as Wall St, commodity prices fall; NZ inches down

    March 14 (Reuters) - Australian shares are expected to open
lower on Wednesday, mirroring weakness on Wall Street following
the firing of the U.S. Secretary of State, while waning
commodity prices are likely to pressure materials stocks.
    Financial stocks may also experience some duress as a
judicial inquiry into Australia's scandal-ridden banking sector
    The local share price index futures          fell 0.6
percent or 34 points to 5,934, a 40.7-point discount to the
underlying S&P/ASX 200 index         close. The benchmark fell
0.4 percent on Tuesday.
    New Zealand's benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index         fell
marginally in early trade.

 (Reporting by Chris Thomas in Bengaluru; Editing by Kevin
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