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2012-12-28

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.