Stocks to watch on the Australian stock exchange on Thursday, Oct 8:
A2M - A2MILK - in a trading halt at 65 cents
A2 Milk is launching a $NZ43 million ($A39.42 million) capital raising through a placement and share purchase plan to support its planned expansion in China, the UK and US.
AIO - ASCIANO - down one cent, or 0.1 per cent, at $8.51
Port and rail operator Asciano will spend $100 million on a new freight terminal in western Sydney as part of its strategy to move more freight from Port Botany on to rail.
ANN - ANSELL - down 19 cents, or one per cent, at $18.34
Ansell has had a disappointing start to the financial year because of softer markets in parts of North America, Europe and southeast Asia.
BNO - BIONOMICS - up nine cents, or 19.6 per cent, at 55 cents
Global pharmaceutical company Merck & Co will make a $US9 million ($A12.5 million) investment in local biotech Bionomics, focusing on the treatment of diseases of the central nervous system and cancer.
BOQ - BANK OF QUEENSLAND - up 85 cents, or 7.3 per cent, at $12.46
Bank of Queensland hopes to benefit from the house price boom outside its home state after it announced a record full year profit of $318 million.
BSL - BLUESCOPE STEEL - up 12 cents, or 3.2 per cent, at $3.82
Bluescope Steel will shed around 500 jobs at its Port Kembla steelworks operations in NSW as it cuts costs to keep its Australian operations viable.
ERA - ENERGY RESOURCES OF AUSTRALIA - up eight cents, or 24.2 per cent, at 41 cents
Uranium miner Energy Resources of Australia says it can't explain a 24 per cent jump in its share price.
GNX - GENEX POWER - steady at 15 cents
An alternative energy company wants to build the country's largest solar farm next to the Queensland gold mine that it will convert into a hydro-electric power plant.
IFL - IOOF - steady at $8.77
Financial services company IOOF faces a potential class action of up to $100 million from tens of thousands of shareholders over its handling of allegations of corporate misconduct.
MQG - MACQUARIE GROUP - in a trading halt at $77.84
Macquarie Group is forking out $8.2 billion for a major car leasing and finance business from ANZ, and seeking financial support from shareholders to fund the deal.