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9:44am The construction industry expanded for a second consecutive month in September, boosted by Australia's housing boom.
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.
8:54am Australian bond futures are marginally weaker as investors await a speech by a US Federal Reserve official.
7:51am Stocks of interest on the Australian Securities Exchange on Wednesday
7:50am Commodities news from around the world
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.
7:28am News from the world’s major stock markets
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.
8:11am Blue-chip stocks held their ground but US internet stocks sank after a EU court ruled cross-Atlantic data transfers were invalid.
7:06am The Australian sharemarket looks set to open higher.
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.
8:01am Software giant Microsoft has showcased two new premium Lumia smartphones that are its first handsets using Windows 10.
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.
8:01am A sharp fall in exports amid a weakening global economy has prompted an increase in the US trade deficit for August.
8:02pm German industrial orders have fallen for the second consecutive month.
8:02pm Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index has closed 41.67 points down to finish at 21,812.83
6:37pm Tokyo's Nikkei-225 index has gained 180.61 points to close at 18,186.10.
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'.
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.
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.
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'.
11:39am The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released international trade figures for August.
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.
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.
Prashant Mehra 3:36pm The Takeovers Panel has found links between G8 chairperson Jenny Hutson and entities which traded in the failed bid.
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.
10:01am Australian-listed tech services provider UXC intends to support a $428m takeover offer from global giant CSC.
Orion Health says it is in a syndicate that will provide off-the-shelf electronic health record software for the US Department of Defense.
Petrina Berry The board of Australian data analytics firm Veda Group is backing an increased $2.5b takeover offer from US rival Equifax.
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 has continued to slide, with a weekly index giving back almost half of the record bounce made after the change in prime minister.
The winemaker behind Penfolds, Treasury Wine Estates, will cut costs from its supply chain by divesting infrastructure and consolidating vineyards.
Suze Metherell Although business confidence fell in the NZIER's latest quarterly survey, firms were more upbeat about their own trading.
The Australian bond market is lower after the share market and the Australian dollar rallied on a more upbeat Reserve Bank statement.
Commodities news from around the world
Confidence the US Federal Reserve will likely delay lifting interest rates after a poor jobs report has powered a jump on Wall Street.
Copper prices jump as expectations of a Federal Reserve interest rate rise diminish following disappointing US jobs data.
Stocks of interest on the Australian Securities Exchange on Tuesday
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The Australian share market at the close on Tuesday
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.
General Electric shares have jumped off the back of news Trian has aquired a stake in the company.
Shell has confirmed it has expanded its production at the offshore Bonga oil field in Nigeria.
Metals giant Alcoa has secured a billion dollar contract with Airbus, the largest contract for aerospace fasteners in its history.
Canadian oil heavyweight Suncor Energy has launched a hostile bid for Canadian Oil Sands for more than $3 billion dollars.
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.
Australian businesses are feeling optimistic that economic activity in the three months to December will be better than the same time last year.
Plans to sell shares worth at least $A4.3 billion in Lloyds to private investors have been announced by the UK government.
Glencore shares have soared in Hong Kong on hopes it will be able to sell its agriculture business.
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.
The Bank of Queensland says it is prepared to defend itself against a potential class action.
Former Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke says the Wall Street executives responsible for triggering the GFC should have been jailed.
More than 100,000 new vehicles were sold last month with strong sales growth for SUVs continuing to steer the market, industry figures show.
Prashant Mehra The developer has successfully completed Phase 2 clinical trials for Nadolol in patients trying to quit smoking.
Pattrick Smellie New Zealand Steel has negotiated a new contract with the EPMU that recognises "the business was facing a pretty dire scenario". rec
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 has closed 280.36 points higher to finish at 18,005.49.
The UAE says it will invest $US35 billion in clean every over the next six years, focusing on nuclear and solar projects.
Inflation was 1.9 per cent in September, and has stayed below two per cent all year, TD Securities/Melbourne Institute inflation gauge shows.
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.