Ramsay Health Care founder and billionaire Paul Ramsay is in a serious condition in a European hospital.
The Australian dollar is struggling to bounce back from the fall it had after the release of weak inflation data.
The Australian share market continues to trade around six year highs, despite a soft lead from Wall Street.
Whitehaven Coal has reduced production guidance by up to 900,000 tonnes due to problems at its mines.
Toll roads owner Transurban has agreed to buy Queensland Motorways, the owner of several Brisbane toll roads, for slightly more than $7 billion.
Stocks of interest on the Australian Securities Exchange at noon on Thursday
The Australian share market is higher and set for a 6th consecutive day of gains
ResMed has defied flat sales growth from its core US business to lift its third quarter earnings by six per cent.
Atlas Iron achieved record shipments of iron ore during the March quarter but realised weaker prices.
The Australian dollar is a little higher after falling to a two-week low following weaker-than-expected inflation figures.
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