Australian shares have finished over one per cent higher, thanks to solid broad-based gains, with energy, resources and banking stocks leading the way.
Westpac chairman Lindsay Maxsted has conceded the bank will suffer a first strike in a shareholder protest against its remuneration report.
New Zealand's Trade Me online marketplace is being bought by a London private equity firm for $NZ2.56 billion ($A2.44 billion).
The Westpac Banking Corp (ASX:WBC) share price has pushed higher on the day of its annual general meeting. Here are key takeaways from the event...
Commercial loans - including mortgages to investors - fell by 3.1 per cent in October, while owner-occupier lending went the other way, according to the ABS.
Virgin Australia has appointed former defence chief Sir Angus Houston to the airline's board as a non executive director.
Vita Group and Telstra have extended a deal that gives Vita Group the right to run Telstra-branded stores and business centres.
US stock markets have ended lower as President Donald Trump's threat to shut down the US government and political uncertainty in Britain weighed on sentiment.
Sonic Healthcare is acquiring Aurora Diagnostics in the US in a $750 million deal it says will create one of the largest pathologist groups in the world.
Altium Limited (ASX:ALU), Oil Search Limited (ASX:OSH), and Westpac Banking Corp (ASX:WBC) shares will be on watch on the ASX 200 on Wednesday...
Westpac's annual general meeting in Perth will be a likely barometer for investor sentiment following a harrowing year for the financial sector.