The Australian share market is trading steady, as gains in energy and resource companies were offset by falls in banking and healthcare stocks.
The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index was down 0.04 per cent at 1031 AEDT, despite a sharp rise in oil prices and US stocks ending stronger for a second straight session.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.22 per cent and Nasdaq gained 0.05 per cent overnight.
Patersons Securities economist Tony Farnham said energy and materials stocks were finding support among investors.
Mr Farnham said local investors are keenly awaiting September jobs numbers at 1130 AEDT and the third US Presidential debate between Republican candidate Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, which kicks off at 1200 AEDT.
"There's two events for us today...it might be go big or home moment for Donald," Mr Farnham said.
Oil giant Woodside Petroleum jumped 41 cents to $29.71 after posting better-than-expected third quarter production and revenue numbers.
Origin Energy rose 5.5 cents to $5.67 and Oil Search added five cents to $7.28 after the West Texas crude oil price rose 2.6 per cent overnight.
Resource giants BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto rose 20 cents to $22.67 and one cent to $50.75, respectively.
Three of Australia's four biggest banks were trading lower, with Westpac down 17 cents to $30.18, Commonwealth Bank losing nine cents to $74.65 and ANZ shedding one cent to $27.86.
Bucking the industry trend was National Australia Bank, which added six cents to $27.85.
Biotechnology giant CSL lost 28.5 cents to $105.58, weighing on the health care index, which is down 0.32 per cent.
* At 1031 AEDT, the benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index was down 2.3 points, or 0.04 per cent, at 5,433.1 points.
* The broader All Ordinaries index was down 1.2 points, or 0.02 per cent, at 5,517.2 points.
* The December share price index futures contract was up five points at 5,411 points, with 9,187 contracts traded.
* National turnover was 508.5 million securities traded, worth $944.9 million.