The Australian share market is expected to start the week lower following a stutter in Wall Street’s year-end surge.

The SPI200 futures contract was down 22 points, or 0.33 per cent, at 6,722.0 by 0700 AEDT on Monday, suggesting an early slide for the benchmark S&P/ASX200.

The ASX had its best session in seven on Friday, yet US stocks closed flat – with the S&P 500 up fractionally 0.1 point.

The Aussie dollar is buying 69.76 US cents from 69.54 US cents on Friday.