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Aristocrat Leisure half-year profit jumps

The company on Thursday said revenue for the six months to March 31 rose 21.6 per cent to $1.23 billion.

Poker machine supplier Aristocrat Leisure has reported a 57 per cent jump in half-year net profit to $249.6 million, thanks to strong growth in its Americas business.

Markets Live: Investors cheer Fed

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Shares are set to climb at the open after Wall St climbed on hopes of a slow and steady path of Fed rate rises, as the Aussie pushes above 75 US cents.

New Perth development turns the man cave into hot property

Artist's impression of how the Mi Caves could look like.

"This is not simply creating storage space. This is creating space for people to actually do things in, whether it's pursue a hobby, have a place they can go to relax or even launch a business, be an entrepreneur, and link up with other people in the community, all having their own space to do what they want."

8@eight: Focus on the Fed

Investors are playing it safe.

The ASX is set to rise at the open, with SPI futures pushing up a modest eight points overnight.

Newtown hails Menzel's new-found durability

Geelong's Daniel Menzel is back in business.

It only took eight seasons, four knee reconstructions and a groin injury that kept him out of last year's preliminary final, but all of Geelong on Thursday night finally gets to cheer Daniel Menzel's 50th game.

Power won't tag Dangerfield, says Hinkley

Patrick Dangerfield continues to prove a hard man to stop. This week it's Port Adelaide's turn.

Ken Hinkley says coaches can go "crazy" worrying how to negate Geelong's potent midfield but he claims he will not send a specialist tagger to the man who could destroy his Port Adelaide side on Thursday night.

Port powers back into finals thinking

Patrick Ryder has been vital around the ball.

Port Adelaide was all but ignored in speculation about potential improvers in 2017. But the pundits appear to have underestimated the Power's capacity to improve with what was already at their disposal.