Stocks to watch on the Australian stock exchange at noon on Monday:
BHP - BHP BILLITON - up 34 cents, or 1.11 per cent, at $31.01
WOW - WOOLWORTHS - down 1.5 cents, or 0.05 per cent, at $29.095
WES - WESFARMERS - down 28 cents, or 0.63 per cent, at $43.90
Retailer Woolworths has jumped over Wesfarmers - which owns rival supermarket Coles - to become Australia's second biggest revenue earner in 2014.
ORI - ORICA - up 50 cents, or 2.69 per cent, at $19.11
Explosives maker Orica has appointed non executive director Alberto Calderon as its interim chief executive following Ian Smith's sudden decision to leave.
PMV - PREMIER INVESTMENTS - up $1.02, or 9.03 per cent, at $12.31
Solomon Lew's retail outfit Premier Investments will pay shareholders a special dividend after lifting first half profit by nine per cent against a backdrop of mixed consumer confidence.
TEN - TEN NETWORK - up 0.5 cents, or 2.27 per cent, at 22.5 cents
Troubled TV broadcaster Ten Network says it is continuing talks about a potential takeover, despite speculation that US cable giant Discovery Communications has walked away from the table.