Car maker Ford's Australian business is facing legal action for allegedly giving customers the bum steer about "systemic issues" around transmissions in several of its models and blaming drivers for the problem.
Oil rose 3.3 per cent on Tuesday to the highest close in more than a month, a day after US oil producer Anadarko said it would cut capital spending plans and Saudi Arabia vowed to reduce crude exports to help curb global oversupply.
Oil has risen more than 1 per cent, after leading OPEC producer Saudi Arabia pledged to cut exports in August to help reduce the global crude glut, and Halliburton Co's executive chairman said the US shale drilling boom would probably ease next year.
Gold prices have pared gains as the US dollar has turned slightly higher, after bullion rose to a one-month high as political turmoil in the United States boosted sentiment ahead of a Federal Reserve monetary policy meeting this week.
Pilbara Minerals has signed-off four major contracts for its Pilgangoora lithium project, with RCR Tomlinson, NRW Holdings, Action Industrial Catering and the Njamal traditional owners winning the lion’s share of the work.