ASX: The local market is expected to rise this morning despite US stocks sliding overnight.
This comes after the , with gains by the big banks and CSL balanced by losses in the mining sector.
Wall Street: for a second straight session on Tuesday as investors braced for June inflation data.
The commodity and currency markets were in focus for much of the trading day, with oil prices under duress and the US dollar inching closer towards breaking parity with the euro.
Pacific neighbours: Australian Prime Minister (PIF) leaders attempt to steer a messy and dramatic leaders' summit towards a fruitful conclusion.
PIF has been mired in internal squabbling, with sub-regions and individuals competing for influence in a long-running spat and tensions between the US and China growing.
Worker shortage: Australia's by an untapped workforce but new research found business attitudes and a lack of government support were getting in the way.
Disability employment agency Jigsaw found people living with a disability were being overlooked by employers despite the majority of business owners agreeing job-ready applicants could fix their worker shortages.
Data drop: Economists will be watching whether has taken another dive when key figures are released today.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics will release its building activity report for the March quarter, which will include estimates of the number of new dwellings and "work yet to be done".
NDIS failure: Poverty in remote Indigenous communities has , a royal commission was told.
Many families live in overcrowded housing and rely on social security for their income, so engaging with an NDIS plan is not a priority, the commission heard.
Park funding: Managers of cash-strapped national parks have put , a Queensland study found.
Researchers from James Cook University spent years interviewing managers from 41 protected areas around the state and said all were suffering the effects of inadequate and shrinking budgets.
Deep space: NASA has unveiled a new batch of images from its new powerful space telescope, including a foamy blue and orange .
Commonwealth Bank has lifted dividends and posted a robust increase in full year profit on the back of strong home and business lending and a reduction in provisions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.The country's biggest lender on Wednesday reported a better-than-expected cash profit of $9.