The Australian share market looks set to open firmly in the red with little to offer guidance as Wall Street stays closed for the Martin Luther King Jnr public holiday.

At 0700 AEDT on Tuesday, the share price futures index was down 13 points, or 0.22 per cent, at 6,013.

Meanwhile, the Australian dollar has extended its rise against a weakened US dollar.

The local currency was trading at 79.68 US cents at 0700 AEDT on Tuesday, from 79.54 on Monday.


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