Stocks to watch at close on Tuesday

Stocks to watch on the Australian stock exchange at close on Tuesday:

GEM - G8 EDUCATION - up two cents, or 0.5 per cent, at $3.77

Childcare centre operator G8 has bought eight existing centres for $12.1 million.

IAG - INSURANCE AUSTRALIA GROUP - down 14 cents, or 2.5 per cent, at $5.52

SUN - SUNCORP GROUP - down 10 cents, or 0.75 per cent, at $13.30

QBE - QBE INSURANCE - down 27 cents, or 1.9 per cent, at $14.23

The series of severe storms that wreaked havoc along Australia's east coast in April and May have left a $1.55 billion damage bill.

PGH - PACT GROUP - down two cents, or 0.5 per cent, at $4.19

Pact Group has confirmed speculation that it is in talks to buy Barry Smorgon's consumer packaging business Jalco.

RFG - RETAIL FOOD GROUP - down 13 cents, or two per cent, at $6.36

Gloria Jeans and Crust Pizza owner, Retail Food Group, faces an $18.5 million hit to its bottom line but remains confident of lifting its annual profit.

SPO - SPOTLESS GROUP - down three cents, or 1.4 per cent, at $2.12

Catering and cleaning group Spotless has signalled plans to move into the power sector with a deal to buy a utilities company.

VRT - VIRTUS HEALTH - down $1.52, or 19.9 per cent, at $6.11

Virtus Health shares have fallen after the IVF provider lowered its full year profit guidance.

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