• The local share price index futures edged lower, a 55.5-point discount to the underlying S&P/ASX 200 index close.
  • The benchmark rose 0.25pc on Thursday.

Australian shares are likely to be subdued at Friday's open as the rising number of coronavirus cases in China and other Asian countries renewed fears of the outbreak's global economic impact.

The local share price index futures edged lower, a 55.5-point discount to the underlying S&P/ASX 200 index close.

The benchmark rose 0.25pc on Thursday.

New Zealand's benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index fell 0.55pc to 11,998.47 at 2107 GMT.