Some speculators betting on a drop in the value of the Australian dollar have been caught out by the speed and scale of the currency's rally on Thursday.
Despite pressure, BHP says it will remain a member of all current industry associations after reviewing their climate and energy policy positions.
The competition watchdog says Asahi's proposed $16 billion purchase of Carlton and United Breweries could lead to it controlling most Australian cider sales.
The Fed's decision to hold interest rates steady and signal borrowing costs are likely to remain unchanged helped prompt Wall Street to move modestly higher.
Westpac faces the threat of a second strike and board spill at its annual general meeting as shareholders demand answers over the bank's AUSTRAC scandal.
People feel less optimistic about the Australian economy, a consumer confidence survey from Westpac and the Melbourne Institute suggests.
APRA has held the extra capital buffers banks are required to hold for emergencies at zero while flagging the likelihood of a future change.
The World Trade Organisation must reform after its three-member appellate panel ceased to function following the end of the terms of two of its members.
Wall Street has risen on hopes that US tariffs on Chinese goods set to kick in on December 15 will be delayed and that the sides are extending trade talks.
WiseTech Global has purchased Ready Korea - a customs and trade compliance solutions provider - in a deal that could be worth more than $20 million.