US stock markets have closed slightly higher ahead of the three-day weekend, led by gains in industrial stocks following robust corporate earnings.
The Australian share market has closed up slightly following an up-and-down day in which better than expected jobs data caused the market to dip.
Infant baby formula Bubs will be on the shelves at Chemist Warehouse from June as part of a four-year deal with the discount pharmacy chain.
National Australia Bank says it will cop an extra $525 million after-tax hit in relation to customer remediation provisions.
Wall Street has been weighed down by healthcare stocks, which had their worst day in four months, as upbeat earnings and trade data failed to lift the markets.
The Australian share market has closed lower as losses by mining giants BHP, Rio Tinto and Fortescue Metals offset gains by Australia's big four banks.
Daigou-focused AuMake is expanding its focus to the lucrative Chinese tourist market with the $14.2 million acquisition of retail network Broadway.
BHP Group says it expects to produce less iron ore than previously forecast, the result of cyclone Veronica hitting Western Australia in March.
Santos, Australia's No. 2 independent gas producer, has reported the second-highest quarterly revenue on record, $1.02 billion.
All three indexes have edged up on generally positive earnings reports, but mixed signals from investors in financials and health care tempered gains.
The Australian stock market has finished higher for third day, and is just eight points away from its best level for the year.
The Reserve Bank board said any lift in the unemployment rate, along with stagnant inflation, could warrant a cash rate cut.
Australian's consumer watchdog is taking Bupa to court after it allegedly made false and misleading claims about services provided at 21 aged care homes.