Stocks to watch at close on Thursday
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Stocks to watch on the Australian stock exchange at close on Thursday:
ALZ - AUSTRALAND PROPERTY GROUP - down eight cents at $3.42
Property developer and owner Australand's full-year profit has risen by 28 per cent and the company expects further earnings growth in 2013.
LEI - LEIGHTON HOLDINGS LTD - down one cent at $20.35
Leighton Holdings subsidiary John Holland has won a $186 million contract extension for work on an iron ore port being built for Rio Tinto.
NAB - NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LTD - up 52 cents at $28.63
National Australia Bank is on track to post a $6 billion full-year cash profit after improving earnings in the first three months.
NWS - NEWS CORPORATION LTD - down 89 cents at $26.60
NWSLV - NEWS CORP NON-VOTING SHARES - down 100 cents at $26.23
Global media giant News Corp has more than doubled its first-half profit due to the financial benefits of its purchase of a greater stake in Fox Sports.
RIO - RIO TINTO LTD - up 60 cents at $68.68
It is variously described as one of the wealthiest towns in Australia, a mining centre and a place for nearby Aboriginal people to get schooling, food and hospital care.
TAH - TABCORP HOLDINGS LTD - up eight cents at $3.16
Gaming company Tabcorp says its revenues are on the rise after suffering a 62 per cent slide in first-half net profit.
TLS - TELSTRA CORPORATION LTD - up six cents at $4.64
Telstra is on track to meet its full-year earnings targets after lifting first-half profit by nearly nine per cent.
VAH - VIRGIN AUSTRALIA HOLDINGS LTD - down 1.5 cents at 43.5 cents
The competition watchdog has flagged that it has some concerns about Virgin Australia's $35 million plan to buy a major stake in budget airline Tiger Airways.
WHC - WHITEHAVEN COAL LTD - down 17 cents at $3.02
The federal government has delayed by three months its decision on whether to allow Whitehaven Coal to develop a controversial mine in northern NSW.