Australia shares to open firmer, NZ stocks up

February 17, 2016 9:27 PM

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SYDNEY, Feb 18 Australian shares look set to start firmer on Thursday after a jump in oil prices boosted resource stocks and helped Wall Street to a strong finish.

The local share price index futures rose 1.5 percent to reach a 26-point premium to the underlying S&P/ASX 200 index close. The benchmark fell 0.7 percent on Wednesday to 4,875.0. New Zealand's benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index rose 0.4 percent in early trade. For a summary of overnight action across globa...

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