Stocks to watch on the Australian stock exchange at noon on Monday:
AAD – ARDENT LEISURE – up 3.
5 cents, or 1.69 per cent, at $2.105
Theme park and health club operator Ardent Leisure Group’s half year profit has risen five per cent as its American family entertainment business grows.
ALZ – AUSTRALAND – up 3.00 cents, or 0.77 per cent, at $3.94
Australand Property Group has suffered a 25 per cent slide in full year profit to $135 million.
ANN – ANSELL – down 96 cents, or 4.98 per cent, at $18.33
Condom and protective clothing maker Ansell has lifted its first half profit almost 15 per cent, thanks to stronger sales of its medical, industrial and specialty products.
AZJ – AURIZON HOLDINGS – up 10.5 cents, or 2.06 per cent, at $5.205
Freight rail operator Aurizon has suffered a 39 per cent slide in first half profit due to asset writedowns and redundancy costs.
BEN – BENDIGO BANK – up 15 cents, or 1.28 per cent, at $11.87
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank has lifted its first half cash profit almost 10 per cent after lower funding costs helped improve its margins.
BSL – BLUESCOPE STEEL – down 3.00 cents, or 0.51 per cent, at $5.90
A union representing workers at a south Auckland steel mill sold to Australian steelmaker BlueScope Steel says more than 70 jobs will be lost when it closes in 2015.
FXJ – FAIRFAX MEDIA – up 0.25 cents, or 0.35 per cent, at 72.25 cents
Fairfax Media’s weekend newspapers will move to the compact format already used for weekday editions within weeks.
UGL – UGL – down 43 cents, or 6.07 per cent, at $6.65
Engineering and property services group UGL has increased its half year profit by 13.5 per cent with its diverse revenue base helping it weather challenging conditions in the local mining sector.