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2013-01-09

Stocks to watch on the Australian stock exchange at the close on Wednesday:

AWC - ALUMINA - up 4.5 cents or 4.6 per cent to $1.03

Shares in Australian company Alumina have shot up after aluminium giant and joint venture partner Alcoa beat expectations in its quarterly earnings.

PSH - PENRICE - up 0.5 cents or 5.43 per cent to 9.7 cents

Soda ash producer Penrice will hold an extraordinary meeting in a bid to prevent an enforced spill of its directors positions.

QBE - QBE INSURANCE GROUP - down eight cents or 0.69 per cent to $11.47

QBE Insurance has appointed the former head of Allianz Asia Pacific, David Fried, as its new chief executive in the Asia Pacific region.

WHC - WHITEHAVEN COAL - up one cent or 0.29 per cent at $3.50

The activist at the heart of the Whitehaven Coal hoax says the corporate watchdog has seized his phone and laptop.