Stocks to watch at close on Friday
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Stocks to watch on the Australian stock exchange at the close of trade on Friday:
BHP - BHP BILLITON - up 41 cents, or 1.11 per cent, at $37.40
RIO - RIO TINTO - up $1.08, or 1.65 per cent, at $66.53
FMG - FORTESCUE METALS GROUP - up 11 cents, or 2.43 per cent, at $4.64
The major miners all posted gains after the iron ore price climbed three per cent overnight to $US139.40 ($A134.95).
JBH - JB HI FI - up nine cents, or 0.88 per cent, at $10.35
MYR - MYER - up two cents, or 0.94 per cent, at $2.15
DJS - DAVID JONES - up two cents, or 0.83 per cent, at $2.43
Stocks in the retail space were mixed following Thursday's gains on reports suggesting strong and possibly record-high Boxing Day sales.
LEI - LEIGHTON HOLDINGS - up five cents, or 0,28 per cent, at $17.89
Leighton Holdings has secured $1.2 billion worth of contracts linked to the $34 billion Ichthys liquefied natural gas project in Darwin.
WPL - WOODSIDE PETROLEUM - up 16 cents, or 0.47 per cent, at $34.19
A defamation dispute between Woodside and a former executive who claimed to have been defamed by the oil and gas giant's former chief executive has been settled.
FXJ - FAIRFAX MEDIA - down 0.5 cents, or 1.04 per cent, at 47.5 cents
Fairfax Media has slashed the value of its New Zealand mastheads by more than 80 per cent in a group-wide writedown of its traditional publishing assets.
CWN - CROWN - up five cents, or 0.47 per cent, at $10.61
Crown non-executive director John Alexander has sold half his shares in James Packer's casino group for $2.56 million.