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Australia shares set to open lower; NZ gains

    Aug 24 (Reuters) - Australian shares are poised to open
lower on Monday after the country recorded 17 new coronavirus
deaths on Sunday as it grapples with a second wave of the
pandemic.
    The local share price index futures          fell 0.2%, a
54.2-point discount to the underlying S&P/ASX 200 index        
close. The benchmark slipped 0.1% on Friday.
    New Zealand's benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index         edged 0.2%
higher in early trade. 
    

 (Reporting by A K Pranav in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Cooney)
  
 
 
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