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Qantas' chief executive says the Australian carrier expects to post a pre-tax profit in the three months to September following a record net loss.
Facebook has released its new app Rooms, which allow users to enter chat rooms using pseudonyms.
South African shares have ended in the red, dragged lower by MTN, which surprised investors with news it was struggling to sign on new subscribers in Nigeria.
Asian markets have been mixed following strong gains on Wall Street, with Tokyo enjoying a significant bump due to the dollar's rise against the yen.
US stocks have bolted higher following a series of mostly strong earnings reports from Dow members Caterpillar, 3M and others.
Oil prices have resumed their slide in Asian trade following a sharp rebound the day before as investors wait for more signs of economic growth in Europe.
New Tesco boss Dave Lewis has unveiled a flurry of small tweaks to Britain's ailing No.1 grocer, but not the big rescue plan many think it needs.
As the November 21 tax season deadline fast approaches, tax payers now also have an alternative to e-filing.