Nov 20 (Reuters) - Australian shares are set to open flat on
Monday, as gains in oil-driven stocks are expected to offset the
weak leads from Wall Street which closed lower on Friday.
Oil bounced back over 2 percent on Friday after falling for
five straight sessions as a major U.S. crude pipeline was shut
and traders anticipated an OPEC deal to extend curbs on
However, Wall Street ended last week on a sour note, with
major indexes slipping modestly as investors weighed the fate of
the Republicans' tax overhaul plan.
In Australia, the local share price index futures
fell 0.07 percent or 4 points to 5,959, a 1.7-point premium to
the underlying S&P/ASX 200 index close. The benchmark
rose 0.2 percent on Friday.
New Zealand's benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index rose 0.1
percent or 8 points to 8,069.980 at 2102 GMT.
(Reporting by Aditya Soni in Bengaluru; Editing by Adrian
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