The owner of women's fashion brand Review is confident of lifting its profits this financial year.
Worries over the Ukraine crisis have prompted US stocks to open sharply lower despite encouraging data on US economic growth and jobs.
An upward revision in US growth has supported expectations that the second half of 2014 will prove far stronger than the first half.
Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index has eased 0.71 per cent on turnover of $HK80.43 billion for a third straight daily loss.
Private hospitals operator Ramsay Health Care says its financial results for 2014 are the best since the group listed on the ASX.
Investors appeared to like Qantas' underlying performance and turnaround efforts, while reactions to most other earnings reports were more muted.
Construction materials and lime producer Adelaide Brighton says cement demand is expected to remain subdued after suffering a 15% first half profit fall
Television players are diversifying but the all-important metropolitan advertising revenue - a volatile beast - still determines their fate.
Despite posting a record loss, Qantas chief Alan Joyce insists the airline is through the worst of what has been the most turbulent period in its history.
Qantas boss Alan Joyce insists the airline has put its $2.8b firmly behind it, but some critics are calling for heads to roll.
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