The Australian share market or S&P/ASX 200 (INDEXASX: XJO)(ASX: XJO) index is tipped to open lower Thursday morning, according to the Sydney Futures Exchange.

Here’s what you need to know:

SFE ASX 200 futures: -8

Australian Dollar ($A) (AUDUSD): 76.64 US cents

Dow Jones (DJI): down 0.2%

Oil (WTI): $US65.51 per barrel

Gold: $US1,332 per ounce

Overnight, London-listed shares of BHP Billiton Limited (ASX: BHP) and Rio Tinto Limited (ASX: RIO) closed up 1.8% and 1.5%, respectively.

Australian Investing News

Making news in Australia and in the ASX 200, Washington H. Soul Pattinson & Co. Ltd (ASX: SOL) is in headlines following the release of its half year report. ‘Soul Patts’ is an ASX-listed company which owns chemists, big chunks of other ASX companies and private businesses.

This morning, Soul Patts reported a 25% increase in half-year revenue and an accounting profit 2% lower than last year. ‘Regular profit’ was up 19%. Soul Patts’ board declared a dividend of 23 cents per share fully franked.

Also making the news, Brickworks Limited (ASX: BKW), which is partly owned by Soul Patts, released its half-year report to the ASX today. It reported a 7% fall in revenue and profit. Brickworks’ board declared a dividend of 18 cents per share fully franked.

Sigma Healthcare Limited (ASX: SIG) released its full-year report. It announced a 5% fall in sales revenue and a profit of $55 million, up 3% over the prior year.

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