Stocks to watch

Stocks to watch on the Australian stock exchange:

ORL - OROTON GROUP LTD - down 29 cents, or 13.74 per cent, at $1.82

Luxury handbags retailer Oroton has lowered its first-half earnings forecast following a 10 per cent decline in year-to-date sales.

AGL - AGL ENERGY LTD - up 22 cents, or 0.98 per cent, at $22.77

AGL has signed a deal to supply power to Alcoa's aluminium smelter in Victoria for four years from August.

BHP - BHP BILLITON - down 34 cents, or 1.27 per cent, at $26.35

BHP Billiton announced late Thursday that it had reached a preliminary agreement for a near $1 billion deal with Brazil's federal prosecutor to settle a civil claim over the fatal disaster at its Samarco joint venture.

RIO - RIO TINTO - down $1.20, or 1.89 per cent, at $62.33

FMG - FORTESCUE METALS - down 10 cents, or 1.6 per cent, at $6.15

Iron ore prices dropped $US1.00 $US81.00 overnight, while copper fell 0.5 per cent to $US5,739 a tonne.

STO - SANTOS - down 5.0 cents, or 1.22 per cent, at $4.06

Oil and gas producer Santos has narrowly topped its guidance for output and sales for last year.

NCM - NEWCREST MINING - up 4.0 cents, or 0.19 per cent, at $21.64

EVN - EVOLUTION MINING - down 3.0 cents, or 1.36 per cent, at $2.17

RRL - REGIS RESOURCES - down 1.0 cent, or 0.31 per cent, at $3.22

Gold steadied on Thursday, giving up earlier losses as the US dollar and US bond yields pared gains.

Market Data

  • Currencies
    Currencies
    NamePriceChange% Chg
    0.7554-0.0002-0.02%
    AUDUSD=X
    0.6109-0.0016-0.26%
    AUDGBP=X
    0.7066-0.0019-0.27%
    AUDEUR=X