Top Australian investment bank Macquarie has agreed to buy ANZ's dealer finance portfolio for $5.91 billion.
Energy shares across Asia climbed Wednesday after oil prices surged overnight, helping to pull most Asia markets into positive territory.
Australia's economic engine has sputtered as the commodities boom loses steam, but the country could get a fillip from legalizing same-sex marriage.
Asian equity markets were mixed on Monday, with data from the world's second largest economy in focus.
Asia stocks ended mostly lower on Monday, with Shanghai significantly paring losses amid reports that Beijing will halt its market intervention.
China's benchmark Shanghai composite ended nearly 5 percent higher with gains accelerating in the final half-hour of trade.
The outlook on emerging Asian currencies has deteriorated to its worst in years, a Reuters poll found.
CBA unveiled a $3.65 billion rights issue as its annual profit met expectations, completing a fundraising round by Australia's "Big Four" lenders.
Australian companies that miss estimates or announce anything this earnings season are being punished harshly, the Financial Times reports.
Malaysia's stocks and currency have tumbled, but bargain buyers don't appear likely to step up any time soon, analysts said.
One of the key factors powering Australia's home price boom is set to slow, a change that could finally see the run of price appreciation pause.
Asian equity markets ended mostly higher on Monday on optimism that European officials will soon agree on a third bailout deal for Greece.
Asian stocks ended mostly higher on Wednesday ahead of central bank meetings in the U.S. and Europe.
The stars are finally aligning for Australian stocks as cheap valuations and approval from billionaire Warren Buffet lure traders in.
A slew of China data offered some indication the worst of the mainland's economic slowdown may be over, although the recovery may disappoint.
China's inflation in May slowed more than expected, offering more evidence Asia's largest economy is stalling and suggesting more easing may be ahead.
The dollar looks to be back on top against the euro and the yen, and analysts say the party may last for the rest of the year.
The dollar clawed its way higher, recovering from almost four-month lows reached late last week on another surprisingly bad round of U.S. data.
China has removed the last hurdles on a massive local government debt swap that should jump start the growth of a municipal bond market.
India's government spooked investors by deferring parliamentary bills to make it easier for businesses to buy land and to harmonize taxes.