SYDNEY, April 23 (Reuters) - Australian shares are expected to trade steady on Thursday as investors mull the prospect of a rate cut being deferred beyond next month, while gains in key commodity prices push resources stocks higher.
Iron ore futures had their biggest single-session advance a day earlier after mining giant BHP Billiton deferred expansion plans. Then early on Thursday, BHP and rival Fortescue Metals Group announced successful bond issues, adding to their balance sheet credentials. But optimism about a reprieve fr...
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