Australia shares seen inching up, results dominate
* Local share price index futures inched up 0.1 percent to 4,890, a 31-point discount to the underlying S&P/ASX 200 index close. The benchmark rose 0.8 percent on Wednesday.
* New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index rose 0.1 percent to 4,216.3 in early trade.
* US stocks ended mostly flat on Wednesday, taking another pause in the recent rally that has driven the S&P 500 to five-year highs, as transportation and technology shares lost ground.
* Copper dipped in a second day of modest losses as the dollar strengthened and physical demand in China was sluggish ahead of next week's Lunar New Year holidays.
* Top lender National Australia Bank reported a 4 percent rise in first-quarter cash earnings, boosted by rising revenues and a fall in bad debts.
* Top phone company Telstra Corp posted an 8.8 percent rise in first-half net profit, bolstered by growth in its mobiles business.
* Wagering group Tabcorp reported a first-half net profit of A$72.9 million, and warned operating expenses were expected to increase by around 2 percent in the second half.
* Wall Street ends flat as investors pull back
* Brent rises, US crude dips on inventory build
* Gold quietly higher; ECB meeting, equities eyed
* Copper slips for 2nd day on firm dlr, weak demand
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