The Australian market looks set to open lower following falls on Wall Street as investors worked through the minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting.
At 0645 AEDT on Thursday, the March share price index futures contract was down six points at 5,371.
The Fed minutes showed that the central bank officials agreed at their January meeting that further gradual reductions in their stimulus would be appropriate as long as the US economy keeps improving.
In local economic news on Thursday, the Commonwealth Bank business sales indicator for January is due to be released.
In equities news, Super Retail Group, Fairfax Media, Origin Energy, Tatts, iiNet and Treasury wine Estates are among the companies expected to post first half results.
Leighton Holdings, Adelaide Brighton, Alumina, and AMP are among those due to announce full year results.
In Australia, the market on Wednesday closed slightly higher but gave away most of its earlier gains as investors took profits late in the session.
The benchmark S&P/ASX200 index was up 15.4 points, or 0.29 per cent, at 5,408.2 points.
The broader All Ordinaries index was up 13.3 points, or 0.25 per cent, at 5,415.5 points.