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SYDNEY, Feb 6 AAP

February 06 2013, 12:02AM

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

BHP - BHP BILLITON LTD - up 21 cents, or 0.56 per cent, at $37.39

RIO - RIO TINTO LTD - up 52 cents, or 0.77 per cent, at $67.85

The federal government will continue to rely on legal advice to defy opposition and Greens moves to make public how much money is being collected from Labor's mining tax.

COH - COCHLEAR LTD - down $2.93, or 4.02 per cent, at $$70.03

Watch for a reversal.

PRY - PRIMARY HEALTH CARE LTD - up 11 cents, or 2.45 per cent, at $4.60

Medical centre owner Primary Health Care has lifted its first-half profit by 50 per cent and forecast a rise in its full-year earnings of up to eight per cent.