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December 31 2012, 07:48AM

Stocks to watch on the Australian stock exchange on Monday, December 31

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 on Friday after the iron ore price climbed three per cent overnight to $US139.40 ($A134.95).

FXJ - FAIRFAX MEDIA LTD - down 0.5 cents, or 1.04 per cent, at 47.5 cents

John Singleton has taken a stake in Fairfax Media and is joining forces with his long-time friend Gina Rinehart to push for a "significant" say in the company.

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.

SDL - SUNDANCE RESOURCES - steady at 32 cents

Privately owned Chinese company Hanlong plans to complete the acquisition of Sundance Resources Ltd for 45 cents (50 US cents) per share by March 1, after submitting paperwork to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.