Atlas Pearls says an investigation is ongoing into a security incident at one of its remote pearl farms, though the theft will not hurt its bottom line.
Farm Pride Foods says it expects the factors placing pressure on trading conditions - namely dry weather and oversupply - won't to let up any time soon.
US stocks have ended higher, boosted by Netflix' plans to raise fees for US subscribers and hopes of more stimulus for China's slowing economy.
Troubled retailer Ed Harry menswear has been placed in voluntary administration with a clearance sale of existing merchandise coming into effect.
US stock markets have ended lower after an unexpected drop in China's exports reignited worries of a global economic slowdown.
Surprisingly weak data from China has weighed on the Australian share market, with the trade-exposed energy and mining sectors taking the biggest hit.
Wesfarmers expects its half yearly earnings for department stores to be between $385-$400M, and is expected to gain at least $2.1B from its Coles spinoff.
Australian shares are have finished in the red for the first time this week, with better-than-expected retail sales figures not enough to sustain the rally.
Retail spending rose 0.4 per cent in November, slightly beating market expectations, as Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales gain prominence in Australia.
US stock markets have climbed for a fifth straight day in a seesaw session that saw a bounceback after a dip following comments by the US Federal Reserve Chair.
The ASX is flat at the close of trade as a fall in BHP shares, after the miner went ex-dividend, weighed on the market, meanwhile the local dollar has risen.
US stock markets have extended gains to a fourth session as signs of progress in trade talks between the United States and China boosted technology stocks.
The ASX has closed higher as market confidence grows around the China-US trade talks, while the local dollar has managed to eke out some gains.
New building approvals dropped nearly 10 per cent to a five-year low in November, adding to wider housing market anxiety amid tighter lending conditions.