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2013-02-07

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.