Stocks to watch on Wednesday

Stocks to watch on the Australian stock exchange on Wednesday, Sept 2:

BHP - BHP BILLITON - down two cents, or 0.08 per cent, at $24.63

ORG - ORIGIN ENERGY - down 37 cents, or 4.52 per cent, at $7.81

OSH - OIL SEARCH - down nine cents, or 1.34 per cent, at $6.65

STO - SANTOS - down four cents, or 0.84 per cent, at $4.75

WPL - WOODSIDE PETROLEUM - down 52 cents, or 1.64 per cent, at $31.10

Oil prices tumbled overnight after Chinese manufacturing data further indicated a slowdown in the world's second largest economy, and shook market confidence.

HVN - HARVEY NORMAN - down 14 cents, or 3.25 per cent, at $4.17

Harvey Norman's $34 million for a 49.9 per cent stake in Victorian dairy company Coomboona may be mystifying for some, but executive chairman Gerry Harvey said the investment reflected the tough times in retailing.

KMD - KATHMANDU - down 4.5 cents, or 2.91 per cent, at $1.50

New Zealand retailer Briscoe's bid for outdoor equipment and clothing chain Kathmandu appears doomed after it said it would not increase its takeover offer.

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