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Australia shares set to fall at the open; NZ slips

April 21 (Reuters) – Australian shares are expected to open lower on Wednesday, extending losses from the previous session, as Wall Street slipped and oil prices dipped overnight on concerns of a global spike in coronavirus cases. The local share price index futures fell more than 1%, a 106.8-point discount to the underlying S&P/ASX 200 index close. The benchmark lost 0.7% on Tuesday. Across the Tasman Sea, New Zealand’s benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index fell 0.2% in early trade on Wednesday. (Reporting by Sameer Manekar in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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