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Australian shares are expected to open marginally higher after a mixed lead from Wall Street overnight.

The SPI200 futures contract was up 10 points, or 0.16 per cent, at 6,220.0 at 0700 AEST, suggesting a small rise for the benchmark S&P/ASX200 on Tuesday.

On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 0.32 per cent, the S&P 500 was up 0.10 per cent and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite was up 0.19 per cent.

The Aussie dollar is buying 71.27 US cents from 70.99 US cents on Monday.