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Aust shares open lower

The Australian market has opened weaker with falls across most sectors as investors wait for the outcome of the two-day US Federal Reserve policy meeting.

At 1015 AEST on Wednesday, the benchmark S&P/ASX200 index was down 20 3 points, or 0.36 per cent, at 5,693.3 while the broader All Ordinaries index was 19.4 points, or 0.34 per cent lower, at 5,753 points.

In futures trading, the SPI200 futures contract was down 25 points, or 0.44 per cent, at 5,677 points.