In SYDNEY, the Australian share market is expected to open firmer, continuing the strong form of yesterday, although it is expected to be capped by thin trading due to a public holiday in Melbourne. On the Sydney Futures Exchange, the December share price index contract was 27 points firmer at 4485. On the day the market is expected to experience thin trading, with Melbourne-based investors out today for the Melbourne Cup horse race. There is also little news expected in the local equities market, with KPMG to release a survey on building societies and credit unions. On the economics front the Reserve Bank of Australia meets, although economists expect interest rates to remain on hold at 5.50 per cent when it makes the announcement to the market at 0930 AEDT tomorrow.