Rare earth miner Lynas Corp says it is confident it will be able to satisfy conditions imposed by the Malaysian government over its processing plant in there.
A robust forecast from IBM and some relief over the fallout from China's virus outbreak have driven the S&P 500 and Nasdaq to record highs.
Australian shares have surged to new highs, with some traders apparently caught in a short squeeze after betting that stocks would fall.
Santos Ltd posted a near 18 per cent rise in fourth-quarter production on Wednesday, benefiting from higher gas output from its Western Australia assets.
Wall Street has backed off record highs as a viral outbreak from China found its way to US shores and the IMF lowered its global economic growth forecast.
Amazon Flex is launching in Sydney and Melbourne, with the tech giant using gig workers to deliver packages in a somewhat similar manner to Uber Eats.
The Australian share market has closed lower for just the third time in 14 trading sessions in 2020, but didn't give up much of its gains.