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2013-02-27

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

AGK - AGL ENERGY LTD - up 68 cents at $15.87

AGL Energy's acquisition of a major Victorian power plant has contributed to a significant rise in first half profit to $365 million.

AGO - ATLAS IRON LTD - down 6.5 cents at $1.48

BHP - BHP BILLITON LTD - up 34 cents at $36.69

FMG - FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LTD - down one cent at $4.60

Iron ore miners Fortescue Metals Group, Atlas Iron and BHP Billiton have evacuated staff and locked down operations in Western Australia as wind gusts strengthen to 230km/hour near the centre of Cyclone Rusty.

JHX - JAMES HADRIE INDUSTRIES PLC - up 15 cents at $9.50

Building products group James Hardie has trimmed its earnings forecast for the year, saying conditions in the housing market remain uncertain.

MAH - MACMAHON HOLDINGS LTD - down one cent at 33 cents

Mining services company MacMahon Holdings will post a loss of up to $20 million this financial year because of its troubled construction business.

MTS - METCASH LTD - down one cent at $4.03

Grocery wholesaler Metcash has named the head of a New Zealand discount retailer, Ian Morrice, as its new chief executive.

PMP - PMP LTD - up 1.5 cents at 21.5 cents

Printing and distribution business PMP will continue to sell off assets in 2013 as it tries to recoup money lost from changes to the media landscape.

PRT - PRIME MEDIA GROUP LTD - up 1.5 cents at $1.05

The federal election campaign should breathe new life into a challenging television advertising market, regional broadcaster Prime Media Group says.

SGH - SLATER & GORDON LTD - up four cents at $2.40

Law firm Slater & Gordon has lifted its half year profit by 61 per cent, partly thanks to a successful marketing campaign and expansion efforts in the UK.

SYD - SYDNEY AIRPORT - up six cents at $3.20

Sydney Airport has swung back into profitability as retail and car parking revenue grew and airlines added more flights.

UGL - UGL LTD - down 60 cents at $10.30

Engineering firm UGL's first half profit has slumped by 53 per cent due to $25 million in costs from a restructure.

WDC - WESTFIELD GROUP - up six cents at $11.14

WRT - WESTFIELD RETAIL TRUST - up five cents at $3.19

Shopping centre developer Westfield Group's annual profit has grown by 18 per cent as income from its centres across the world increased.

WTF - WOTIF.COM HOLDINGS LTD - down 47 cents at $5.37

Wotif Group says its first half profit is down five per cent, partly due to a global decline in travel.