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Construction expands for second month

9:44am The construction industry expanded for a second consecutive month in September, boosted by Australia's housing boom.

IAG CEO to retire, replaced by tech chief

9:05am Peter Harmer has been leading IAG's digital innovation efforts and will now take charge of the whole company with the retirement of Mike Wilkins.

Aust bonds down ahead of Fed speech

8:54am Australian bond futures are marginally weaker as investors await a speech by a US Federal Reserve official.

Stocks to watch on Wednesday

7:51am Stocks of interest on the Australian Securities Exchange on Wednesday

Commodities markets summary

7:50am Commodities news from around the world

PepsiCo 3Q earnings top expectations

8:01am PepsiCo has topped Wall Street expectations, with 3Q earnings boosted by price hikes, but profit plunged after a writedown of its Venezuelan investments.

International markets roundup

7:28am News from the world’s major stock markets

Freeport-McMoRan considers spinoff

8:01am Spinning off its oil and gas business is among the options Freeport-McMoRan is considering to focus on its copper mining business amid falling prices.

US tech stocks sink on EU ruling on data

8:11am Blue-chip stocks held their ground but US internet stocks sank after a EU court ruled cross-Atlantic data transfers were invalid.

Australian market set to open higher

7:06am The Australian sharemarket looks set to open higher.

$A extends post-RBA rate decision rally

8:01am The Australian dollar has consolidated gains made after the Reserve Bank left interest rates on hold and gave no indication of a future cut.

Microsoft unveils laptop and smartphones

8:01am Software giant Microsoft has showcased two new premium Lumia smartphones that are its first handsets using Windows 10.

Twitter unveils 'Moments' feature

8:01am Social media platform Twitter has made it easier for users to keep track of popular conversations, unveiling its "Moments" feature in the US.

US trade deficit jumps in August

8:01am A sharp fall in exports amid a weakening global economy has prompted an increase in the US trade deficit for August.

German factory orders fall in August

8:02pm German industrial orders have fallen for the second consecutive month.

Hong Kong stocks close 0.19% lower

8:02pm Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index has closed 41.67 points down to finish at 21,812.83

Tokyo stocks end 1.0% higher

6:37pm Tokyo's Nikkei-225 index has gained 180.61 points to close at 18,186.10.

Tech coding school to open in Sydney

Frances Mao 4:04pm A popular London and New York-based coding school will open up in Sydney in 2016 to help local professionals engage with 'the language of the future'.

Gay marriage an economic boon for Aust

Helen Velissaris 2:54pm Australia's economy could benefit by half a billion dollars a year if same-sex marriage is legalised, ANZ economists estimate.

Lower Aussie dollar boosts tourism sector

6:01pm The number of foreign tourists hitting Australian shores jumped by nearly two per cent in August, aided by the weaker dollar, ABS data shows.

VW tells MPs 8million cars in Europe hit

David Rising And Frank Jordans 2:01pm Carmaker Volkswagen has told German MPs that eight million of its diesel cars in Europe had the emissions-testing 'defeat devices'.

Trade balance in deficit in August

11:39am The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released international trade figures for August.

Argentina repays $US5.9 billion in debt

12:01pm Argentina has repaid $US5.9 billion in debt, drawing on its foreign exchange reserves, although a dispute with US hedge funds has not been resolved.

Tech giants in race for mobile news apps

12:01pm With so many people starting their day reading news on a phone or tablet, US tech firms are racing to create news apps to draw customers and ad dollars.

Takeover panel faults G8's Affinity bid

Prashant Mehra 3:36pm The Takeovers Panel has found links between G8 chairperson Jenny Hutson and entities which traded in the failed bid.

Auckland house prices rise to record

Suze Metherell 10:01am A real estate firm says Auckland house prices may have surged because of buyers getting in ahead of new regulations to cool the market.

US tech giant bids $428m for UXC

10:01am Australian-listed tech services provider UXC intends to support a $428m takeover offer from global giant CSC.

Orion shares jump 9% after US contract

Orion Health says it is in a syndicate that will provide off-the-shelf electronic health record software for the US Department of Defense.

Veda Group opens door to US takeover

Petrina Berry The board of Australian data analytics firm Veda Group is backing an increased $2.5b takeover offer from US rival Equifax.

Aussie farmers to reap $3.67b from TPP

Stuart Condie The TPP has the potential to transform trade for a raft of Australian businesses, with farmers standing to benefit from $3.67b in new exports.

Consumer confidence slides again

Consumer confidence has continued to slide, with a weekly index giving back almost half of the record bounce made after the change in prime minister.

Treasury Wine outlines fresh cost cuts

The winemaker behind Penfolds, Treasury Wine Estates, will cut costs from its supply chain by divesting infrastructure and consolidating vineyards.

Firms downbeat on economy: NZIER survey

Suze Metherell Although business confidence fell in the NZIER's latest quarterly survey, firms were more upbeat about their own trading.

Aust bonds fall further on RBA statement

The Australian bond market is lower after the share market and the Australian dollar rallied on a more upbeat Reserve Bank statement.

Commodities markets summary

Commodities news from around the world

US stocks jump on hopes Fed won't move

Confidence the US Federal Reserve will likely delay lifting interest rates after a poor jobs report has powered a jump on Wall Street.

Copper fumps 1.5 per cent

Copper prices jump as expectations of a Federal Reserve interest rate rise diminish following disappointing US jobs data.

Stocks to watch on Tuesday

Stocks of interest on the Australian Securities Exchange on Tuesday

International markets roundup

News from the world’s major stock markets

Aust shares close higher

The Australian share market at the close on Tuesday

RBA's positive outlook lifts $A

The Australian dollar has rallied above 71 US cents after the RBA kept the cash rate on hold and gave no indications of another cut.

GE shares jump on Trian news

General Electric shares have jumped off the back of news Trian has aquired a stake in the company.

Shell increases Bonga field production

Shell has confirmed it has expanded its production at the offshore Bonga oil field in Nigeria.

Alcoa in billion dollar Airbus deal

Metals giant Alcoa has secured a billion dollar contract with Airbus, the largest contract for aerospace fasteners in its history.

Suncor makes bid for Canadian Oil Sands

Canadian oil heavyweight Suncor Energy has launched a hostile bid for Canadian Oil Sands for more than $3 billion dollars.

Rates tipped to stay on hold until 2016

Drew Cratchley The RBA has left the cash rate unchanged at its October board meeting, and several leading economists expect no moves until at least 2016.

Business feeling positive

Australian businesses are feeling optimistic that economic activity in the three months to December will be better than the same time last year.

UK to sell Lloyds shares worth $A4.3bn

Plans to sell shares worth at least $A4.3 billion in Lloyds to private investors have been announced by the UK government.

Glencore shares up 34% on sale talks

Glencore shares have soared in Hong Kong on hopes it will be able to sell its agriculture business.

World Bank trims east Asia growth forecast

The World Bank expects developing Asian and Pacific economies to grow 6.5 per cent this year, down 0.2 percentage points from its previous outlook.

BoQ prepares for potential class action

The Bank of Queensland says it is prepared to defend itself against a potential class action.

Wall St execs should have been jailed

Former Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke says the Wall Street executives responsible for triggering the GFC should have been jailed.

Demand for SUVs drive vehicle sales

More than 100,000 new vehicles were sold last month with strong sales growth for SUVs continuing to steer the market, industry figures show.

Invion eyes success with quit smoking drug

Prashant Mehra The developer has successfully completed Phase 2 clinical trials for Nadolol in patients trying to quit smoking.

Union contract helps NZ Steel cut costs

Pattrick Smellie New Zealand Steel has negotiated a new contract with the EPMU that recognises "the business was facing a pretty dire scenario". rec

Services sector give jobs market a boost

Jason Cadden Job ads rose 3.9 per cent in September, getting a boost from the services sector which is benefitting from the lower Aussie dollar.

Tokyo's Nikkei index closes 1.58% higher

Tokyo's Nikkei index has closed 280.36 points higher to finish at 18,005.49.

UAE to invest $US35 bln in clean energy

The UAE says it will invest $US35 billion in clean every over the next six years, focusing on nuclear and solar projects.

Inflation stays below 2 pct

Inflation was 1.9 per cent in September, and has stayed below two per cent all year, TD Securities/Melbourne Institute inflation gauge shows.

Services sector expands for a fourth month

The Services sector is enjoying its longest continuous period of expansion in seven years, helped by the falling Aust dollar and record low interest rates.

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