The Australian market looks set to open higher following modest overnight gains on Wall Street.
At 0645 AEDT on Thursday, the share price index was up 14 points at 5,420.
Locally, in economic news on Thursday, the Australian Bureau of Statistics releases labour force data for September.
The National Australia Bank's business survey for the September quarter is due out, as is the Commonwealth Bank's business sales indicator, also for September.
In equities news, Rio TInto is slated to release its third quarter operations review, while Fortescue Metals also has a quarterly update and Ten Network is expected to post full-year results.
Crown Resorts, Amcor, Southern Cross Media and Spotless hold their AGMs.
In Australia, the market on Wednesday closed higher, with the gaming sector the standout following the announcement of an $11.3 billion merger between giants Tabcorp and Tatts Group.
The benchmark S&P/ASX200 index was up 24.6 points, or 0.45 per cent, at 5,435.4 points, while the broader All Ordinaries index was up 26.4 points, or 0.48 per cent, to 5,518.4 points.