Stocks to watch on the Australian stock exchange at noon on Wednesday:
ANZ - ANZ BANKING GROUP - up 20 cents, or 0.62 per cent, at $32.42
One of Australia's largest banks, ANZ, will provide free finance advice to women with a superannuation balance of less than $50,000 in what it says is an effort to close the gender gap in retirement savings.
BPT - BEACH ENERGY - up 0.50 cents, or 0.55 per cent, at 91.5 cents
Oil producer Beach Energy has increased fourth quarter production by eight per cent and boosted sales thanks to increased demand.
MDC - MEDLAB CLINICAL LIMITED - up 1.00 cent, or 5.40 per cent, at 19.5 cents
Shares in MedLab Clinical Limited have surged after the nutritional pharmaceutical company announced it had won NSW government approval to conduct medicinal cannabis research.
NAB - NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK - up 52.00 cents, or 1.54 per cent, at $34.38
National Australia Bank has fully sold down its remaining stake in former US subsidiary Great Western Bancorp.
PRG - PROGRAMMED MAINTENANCE SERVICES - down 1.00 cents, or 0.41 per cent, at $2.44
Programmed Maintenance Services boss Chris Sutherland says growth in the company's property and infrastructure business is offsetting weakness in its resources division.
TLS - TELSTRA - up 3.50 cents, or 0.55 per cent, at $6.425
Soon Australians will be able to binge on streaming services like Netflix, Stan and Presto all from the one place.
TPI - TRANSPACIFIC INDUSTRIES - up 0.25 cents, or 0.35 per cent, at 71.25 cents
A waste management company is facing charges over a fire at a chemical processing plant in Adelaide where a worker was injured in 2013.