In company news, NAB is trading flat after reporting a 22% slump in annual profits, with its UK business gaining dragging on the company’s results.
Elsewhere, Transpacific Industries shares have dropped 10.1% after reporting a 6% drop in first quarter earnings. In economic news, data released this morning showed a rise of 7.8% in residential building approvals in September.
Economists’ forecasts had centred on a 1% rise in approvals for September. Around the region, Asian markets are all trading higher; the Nikkei (+1%) and Hang Seng (+0.6%) are amongst the best performers.