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Australia shares set to gain after U.S. stocks notch record close; NZ up

    Nov 16 (Reuters) - Australian shares were poised to open
higher on Monday tracking Wall Street peers, after U.S. shares
notched a record closing high at the end of last week on upbeat
earnings reports and hopes for a successful COVID-19 vaccine.
    The local share price index futures          rose 0.8%, or
51 points, a 27.8-point premium to the underlying S&P/ASX 200
index         close. The benchmark fell 0.2% on Friday.
    Sentiment in Asia is likely to get a lift after the S&P 500
notched a record closing high on Friday, with Cisco Systems
         and Walt Disney Co         reporting strong results,
lending hope that the U.S. economy and companies may be on the
path to a recovery.     
    New Zealand's benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index         rose 0.6%
by 2122 GMT.
    
       

 (Reporting by Rashmi Ashok in Bengaluru; Editing by Leslie
Adler)
  
 
 
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