Stocks to watch on the Australian stock exchange at noon on Friday:
APA - APA GROUP - down 18 cents, or 2.1 per cent, at $8.59
Energy infrastructure owner APA Group is confident it can ease concerns raised by the competition watchdog over its bid for EnergyAustralia's Iona gas storage plant in Victoria.
HVN - HARVEY NORMAN - down eight cents, or two per cent, at $3.86
JBH - JB HI-FI - down 33 cents, or 1.7 per cent, at $19.12
MYR - MYER - down two cents, or 2.2 per cent, at 88 cents
WES - WESFARMERS - down 61 cents, or 1.5 per cent, at $39.27
WOW - WOOLWORTHS - up two cents, or 0.1 per cent, at $25.52
Retail spending has bounced from the small fall suffered in July and economists expect the tills to keep ringing in the months ahead.
KCN - KINGSGATE CONSOLIDATED - down two cents, or 2.8 per cent, at 70 cents
Gold miner Kingsgate has denied reports it is at the centre of alleged corruption in Thailand.
NCM - NEWCREST MINING - up 10 cents, or 0.8 per cent, at $12.65
Ratings agency Moodys has raised its ratings outlook on Newcrest Mining to stable from negative, to reflect the company's improved cost profile and credit metrics.