Stocks to watch on the Australian stock exchange on Friday:
AIO - ASCIANO - down one cent, or 0.1 per cent, at $8.89
QUB - QUBE HOLDINGS - up two cents, or 0.9 per cent, at $2.20
The long running takeover battle for ports and rail operator Asciano will drag on for at least another month as the company and the competition watchdog assess multi-billion dollar bids.
HVN - HARVEY NORMAN - down one cent, or 0.2 per cent, at $4.29
JBH - JB HI-FI - down 29 cents, or 1.3 per cent, at $22.12
MYR - MYER - up 1.5 cents, or 1.5 per cent, at $1.035
PMV - PREMIER INVESTMENTS - down 18 cents, or 1.4 per cent, at $12.40
December's Christmas season sales were flat, breaking a run of four straight monthly rises.
GMA - GENWORTH MORTGAGE INSURANCE - up 11 cents, or 4.3 per cent, at $2.65
Mortgage insurer Genworth has reported a near 30 per cent drop in full year profit as tighter lending requirements put pressure on the company's core business.
NWS - NEWS CORP - down 67 cents, or 3.7 per cent, at $17.34
Media giant News Corp is cutting costs at its newspapers in Australia and the UK after its second quarter earnings fell 20 per cent on lower advertising revenue in the news division.
REA - REA GROUP - down $1.86, or 3.6 per cent, at $49.36
REA Group, the company behind realestate.com.au, has posted a strong jump in half year profits partly due to more higher paying customers.
WHC - WHITEHAVEN COAL - down 3.5 cents, or 7.9 per cent, at 41 cents
Whitehaven Coal has swung back to profit and beaten its earnings guidance for the first half of the financial year despite falling coal prices.