Aust stocks open slightly higher

Local market begins shortened trading week in the black on upbeat Wall Street leads.

The Australian sharemarket resumed trading after the Easter long weekend slightly stronger after Wall Street was buoyed by a solid Halliburton earnings report.

At the 10.15am (AEST) official market open, the benchmark S&P/ASX200 index rose 11.2 points, or 0.21%, to 5,465.4 points, while the broader All Ordinaries index added 10.2 points, or 0.19%, to 5,455 points.

With key European markets closed for the Easter Monday holiday, there was little in the way of leads for Wall Street at the open.

A lack of new data releases also saw investors short on inspiration, though earnings reports offered something in the way of a guide.

Among companies reporting strong results were toy maker Hasbro and oil services giant Halliburton, with stock in the two companies rising 2 and 3%, respectively.

Elsewhere in the region, Tokyo stocks opened 0.51% higher, helped by gains on Wall Street and the yen's fall.

Locally, information technology stocks again led the market, with the sector gaining 0.77%.

The energy sector gained 0.55%, while health care stocks added 0.51%.

Locally, no economic or equities news is expected on Tuesday.

In Australia, the market on Thursday, the last trading session before the Easter break, finished 1% off a post-global financial crisis high.

The benchmark S&P/ASX200 index was up 33.9 points, or 0.63%, to 5,454.2.

The broader All Ordinaries index added 32.2 points, or 0.59%, to 5,444.8.

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