June 20, 2018 / 10:14 PM / a year ago

Australia shares to open modestly higher on Nasdaq gains; NZ up

    June 21 (Reuters) - Australian shares are set to open
slightly higher on Thursday, tracking improving sentiment on
Wall Street as large-cap tech and consumer discretionary stocks
helped lift the Nasdaq to a record close.
    Aussie energy stocks stand to gain from a fall in U.S. crude
inventories last week which sent crude futures        higher.
    The local share price index futures          rose 0.2
percent, a 21.4-point premium to the underlying S&P/ASX 200
index         close. The benchmark climbed 1.2 percent on
    New Zealand's benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index         rose 0.3
percent in early trade.

 (Reporting by Nikhil Kurian Nainan in Bengaluru
Editing by James Dalgleish)
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