Stocks to watch on the Australian stock exchange at noon on Monday:
BLY - BOART LONGYEAR - up 1.00 cent, or 5.00 per cent, at 21 cents
Troubled drilling company Boart Longyear had halved its full year loss to $US333 million but warns its earnings remain under pressure.
BPT - BEACH ENERGY - down 1.25 cents, or 1.11 per cent, at $1.1175
Oil and gas business Beach Energy has suffered a $79 million half year loss after sliding prices hurt revenue and forced it to write down the value of its assets.
BSL - BLUESCOPE STEEL - down 47.5 cents, or 8.56 per cent, at $5.075
Australia's biggest steelmaker, BlueScope, has re-introduced dividend payments for shareholders after lifting first half profit and flagging a stronger full year result.
BXB - BRAMBLES - down 17.5 cents, or 1.63 per cent, at $10.545
Brambles has reaffirmed its full year profit guidance after the stronger US dollar crimped the company's first half profit.
CTX - CALTEX AUSTRALIA - down 52 cents, or 1.42 per cent, at $36.15
Caltex's underlying full year net profit has leapt 48 per cent to $493 million.
LLC - LEND LEASE - up 8.00 cents, or 0.47 per cent, at $16.93
The housing boom is expected to give a boost to global construction group Lend Lease, which has lifted its first half profit by 25 per cent.
NIH - NIB HOLDINGS - down 11 cents, or 2.30 per cent, at $3.56
Health insurer nib has recorded a small increase in half year profit amid heavy competition and rising healthcare costs.
OOH - OOh! MEDIA - up 2.5 cents, or 1.13 per cent, at $2.245
Newly-listed outdoor advertising group oOh!media has beaten its prospectus forecasts with a pro forma first half loss of $1.9 million.
UGL - UGL - down 11.5 cents, or 5.87 per cent, at $1.845
Engineering Group UGL has suffered a first half loss due to one-off writedowns and provisions as the slowdown in mining investment continues to bite.
VET - VOCATION - down 9.00 cents, or 36 per cent, at 16 cents
Troubled education and training group Vocation is in talks to sell some of its businesses and faces a writedown of up to $245 million.