Australian shares likely to strengthen; NZ flat

March 18 (Reuters) - Australian shares are likely to track strength in global equities on Monday, as positive cues from the U.S.-China trade front prompted some riskier buying. The local share price index futures rose 35 points to 6,206.0, a 30.8-point premium to the underlying S&P/ASX 200 index close, which ended flat on Friday. New Zealand's benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index was flat in early trade. (Reporting by Ambar Warrick in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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