Stocks to watch at noon on Thursday

Stocks to watch on the Australian stock exchange at noon on Thursday:

BHP - BHP BILLITON - up 13.00 cents, or 0.49 per cent, at $26.78

FMG - FORTESCUE METALS GROUP - up 2.00 cents, or 1.09 per cent, at $1.85

RIO - RIO TINTO - down 26.00 cents, or 0.49 per cent, at $52.75

Iron ore prices fell another 0.3 per cent to $US59.20 a tonne overnight, adding to the previous session's 3.2 per cent drop following a cut in the Australian government's price forecast for 2015.

CTX - CALTEX - up 30 cents, or 0.94 per cent, at $32.30

OSH - OILSEARCH - down 5.00 cents, or 0.68 per cent, at $7.25

STO - SANTOS - up 6.5 cents, or 0.81 per cent, at $8.015

Oil prices have tumbled as traders weigh Greece's deepening debt crisis and a surprise increase in US crude-oil inventories.

KMD - KATHMANDU - down 1.25 cents, or 0.82 per cent, at $1.5175

Kathmandu has urged shareholders to take no action on a full takeover offer from Briscoe Group pending the board's response, and has retained Goldman Sachs as an adviser.

PBG - PACIFIC BRANDS - up 10.25 cents, or 31.54 per cent, at 42.75 cents

Shares in Pacific Brands have surged after the Bonds clothing and Sheridan bedding owner cheered investors with a surprise earnings upgrade.

TFC - TFS CORPORATION - down 5.00 cents, or 3.15 per cent, at $1.535

Sandalwood plantation operator TFS Corporation has re-affirmed its expectation of a net profit of at least $90 million for the 2014/15 financial year.

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