Australian equities ended slightly higher, with the ASX200 up 0.17% with big gains seen in Qantas, Crown Resorts and Nine Entertainment, which offset a retreat in AGL Energy and Woodside Petroleum.
Qantas (QAN) shares gained 5.9% to $5.58 after the airline announced a $378 million share buyback and 18% growth in half-year profit.
Crown Resorts (CWN) lifted 4.4% to $13.05 as its half-year normalised profit increased and its key international VIP gambling business recovered from the fallout from the detention of Crown staff in China.
Free-to-air broadcaster Nine Entertainment (NEC) soared 16.2% to a two-and-a-half year high of $1.97 as stronger ratings and a bigger slice of a larger free-to-air advertising pie contributed to half year profit growth.
Flight Centre (FLT) upgraded its full year profit guidance after its half-year profit improved by 23%, and its shares gained 10.4% to $55.26.
Shares in online retailer Kogan.com (KGN) jumped 19% to a record $8.60 as its growing customer numbers and expanding range of services delivered strong half year profit growth.
A2 Milk (A2M) hit fresh highs, rising another 7.1% as analysts upgraded their rating on the stock following Wednesday's announcement of its partnership with Fonterra.
Infant formula maker Bellamy's Australia (BAL) was one of the few stocks to fall after reporting, dropping 5.9% because of its warning of a softer second half of the year.
Blackmores (BKL) also lost ground, falling 14.7% to $136.00, after the vitamins producer's 20% half year profit growth came with warnings of a softer second half of the year.
Anchoring the market were Woodside Petroleum and AGL Energy, which both traded ex-dividend. Woodside shed 3.3% and AGL was 4.45% lower.
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