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SYDNEY, Jan 25 AAP

January 25 2013, 4:28PM

Stocks to watch on the Australian stock exchange at the close of trade on Friday:

AAC - AUSTRALIAN AGRICULTURAL COMPANY LTD - steady at $1.165

The chief financial officer of cattle producer Australian Agricultural Company (AACo) has resigned.

AGO - ATLAS IRON LTD - up 0.5 cents, or 0.32 per cent, at $1.575

Atlas Iron could beat its full year sales guidance after shipping more lower grade iron ore than expected in the December quarter.

LEI - LEIGHTON HOLDINGS LTD - up 92 cents, or 4.82 per cent, at $20.00

Leighton Holdings subsidiary Thiess has won a $175 million maintenance contract with Sydney Water.

RMD - RESMED INC - up 30 cents, or seven per cent, at $4.58

Sleep disorder specialist ResMed has lifted its second quarter net profit by 24 per cent to $US77.9 million ($A74.84 million), ahead of market expectations.

SFH - SPECIALITY FASHION GROUP LTD - up 27 cents, or 38.6 per cent, at 97 cents

Womenswear retailer Specialty Fashion Group says a major reason behind a huge jump in projected first half profit is that it no longer sells cheap China-made copies of overseas designs.

WHC - WHITEHAVEN COAL - steady at $3.50

Whitehaven Coal has won state planning approval for its Tarrawonga Coal Mine Expansion Project in north-west NSW.