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Santos has narrowed its full-year sales guidance to the top end of its previous target range after total sales volumes leapt 31 per cent in the September quarter, compared with the same period last year.
BHP Billiton chairman Jac Nasser has announced he will step down next year after more than 10 years on the board, on the same day the resources giant rejected charges by Brazilian prosecutors filed against the company and its employees in relation the Samarco dam disaster.
Gold has eased slightly after three days of gains as the US dollar rose and the European Central Bank left interest rates unchanged, maintaining the parameters of its 1.74 trillion euros ($A2.49 trillion) asset buying program.
Crown Resorts plans to offload a 49 per cent stake in some of its Australian hotels and retail properties in a stock market float even if it doesn't secure approval to spin-off its international assets.
Diversified miner South32 has reported a 4 per cent fall in manganese ore production in the first quarter of 2017, but says its on track to achieve its cost guidance for the majority of its production.
Rio Tinto has slightly trimmed the full-year guidance for iron ore shipments from its Pilbara operations by up to 5 million tonnes, after port and rail maintenance affected shipments in the September quarter.
Gold has risen to a two-week high, gaining for the third straight session and breaching the 200-day moving average amid uncertainty over the timing of a US interest rate increase and ahead of the final US presidential debate.
Oil prices jumped as much as three per cent on Wednesday, with US crude hitting 15-month highs after the government reported a surprisingly large drop in domestic inventories for the sixth week out of seven.
Wall Street has advanced to give the S&P 500 its best day of October on the heels of solid earnings reports from companies such as UnitedHealth and Netflix that put corporate profits on track to snap a four-quarter streak of declines.
Gold prices have risen, supported by weakness in the US dollar index, although receding worries about the outcome of the US election and expectations of a US rate increase in December could mean lower levels.
A key supporter of the federal government in the Senate, Family First's Bob Day, is quitting parliament because of financial problems with the housing group he founded, which trades as Collier Homes in Western Australia.
Indian business couple Pankaj and Radhika Oswal are "very satisfied" with a commercial settlement with the ANZ Banking Group believed to be worth hundreds of millions following their high profile legal dispute.
Mining giants Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton say they have no intention of taking up the state government's offer to change how they pay the controversial iron ore lease rental that Nationals WA leader Brendon Grylls wants to hike.
Two different proposals from the Western Australian government to change the way Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton pay an iron ore charge is already damaging the state's reputation as an investment destination, a business lobby group says.