Toll road owner Transurban has agreed to buy Queensland Motorways for $7 billion.
The Australian dollar is a little higher after falling to a two-week low following weaker-than-expected inflation figures.
Stocks of interest on the Australian Securities Exchange on Thursday
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Despite strong gains from Boeing, Dow Chemical and Delta Air Lines, US stocks have fallen.
The Australian sharemarket looks set to open higher.
After three days of gains, European stocks have fallen after data showed China's manufacturing contracted for the fourth straight month.
US stocks have opened lower despite positive earning reports form Boeing Dow Chemical and Delta Airlines
A survey shows eurozone business activity hit a near three-year high in April as a modest economic recovery gained momentum and began creating jobs.
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