Here are the headlines from the S&P/ASX 200 (INDEXASX: XJO)(ASX: XJO) and Australian finance circles on Thursday morning.

But first, here are the data points:

Australian Dollar ($A) (AUDUSD): 74.06 US cents

Dow Jones (DJI): down 0.3%

Oil (WTI): $US67.85 per barrel

Gold: $US1,225 per ounce

Australian Investing News

Making finance news, ResMed Inc. (CHESS) (ASX: RMD), the global biotechnology company, is expected to release its fourth quarter financial results today.

Analysts surveyed by Bloomberg expect the $US15 billion ResMed to report a profit of $358 million and a fourth quarter dividend of $0.1441 cents per share.

Funerals business InvoCare Limited (ASX: IVC) announced the conditional acquisitions of Grafton & District Funerals and Clarence Valley Funerals. Operating in the Clarence Valley region of NSW, the companies conduct 300 funerals per year and generate revenue of $2 million.

Also in the headlines, Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL) stock rose almost 6% overnight following the release of its third-quarter results. Apple sold more than 40 million iPhones in three months. Read more here.

More to come.