1. The Aussie dollar is lower after the US Federal Reserve left interest rates on hold. At 0700 AEDT on Thursday, $AUD was trading at 70.22 US cents, down from 70.29 cents on Wednesday.
2. The Australian share market is predicted to open lower after falls on Wall Street overnight due to the US Federal Reserves decision. At 0645 AEDT on Thursday, the share price futures index was down eight points at 4,907.
3. In America The Federal Reserve has kept interest rates unchanged and says it is “closely monitoring” global economic and financial developments, but maintained an otherwise upbeat view of the US economy.
4. Germany has lowered its growth forecast for 2016 in the face of an emerging market slowdown that is dampening exports, leaving domestic demand as the sole pillar of support for Europe’s biggest economy this year.
5. The Royal Bank of Scotland has put aside some STG2 billion pounds ($A4.05 billion) as the taxpayer-owned institution continues to tally the costs of misconduct and legal claims.
6. Royal Dutch Shell shareholders have overwhelmingly backed the STG34 billion ($A69.61 billion) bid to buy BG Group, despite a slide in oil prices that have had some critics wondering about the wisdom of the mega-deal.
7. Apple Inc shares have fallen 4 per cent after the company reported its slowest-ever rise in iPhone shipments, with an uptick likely only after the expected launch of iPhone 7 in September.
8. Carmaker Fiat Chrysler says it will revise its five-year business expansion plan after reporting a 40 per cent drop in earnings due to a poor performance in Latin America and Asia and flat global sales.
9. Boeing’s fourth-quarter performance beat analysts’ estimates, but the company’s 2016 outlook came in well below Wall Street’s expectations.
10. Swedish wireless equipment maker Ericsson says an improvement in business in China despite the market turmoil there helped its fourth-quarter profit jump nearly 70 per cent.