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SYDNEY, Feb 14 AAP

February 14 2013, 4:23PM

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

AWC - ALUMINA LTD - up nine cents at $1.29

Chinese financial company CITIC has paid $452 million for a major stake in aluminium producer Alumina.

BHP - BHP BILLITON LTD - up 97 cents at $38.89

Water released from central Queensland mines into a major river has been monitored, and nothing of concern has been found, the state government says.

CBA - COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA - down 21 cents at $66.90

Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott says banks shouldn't be penalised for their enormous profits by paying more tax.

DJS - DAVID JONES LTD - down one cent at $2.67

David Jones second quarter sales, which includes the vital Christmas period, have fallen 1.4 per cent with its home category the worst performer.

DOW - DOWNER EDI LTD - up 38 cents at $5.24

Engineering and mining services firm Downer EDI says the $3.6 billion Waratah train project in NSW is now in very good shape.

GPT - GPT GROUP - down one cent at $3.79

Property group GPT remains committed to pursuing its bid to snare a major part of rival Australand's businesses.

MAH - MACMAHON HOLDINGS LTD - up one cent at 34.5 cents

Macmahon Holdings has received a fresh offer for its construction projects from Sembawang Australia.

MGR - MIRVAC GROUP - down 1.5 cents at $1.555

Property group Mirvac's first half profit has dropped 69 per cent because of a massive writedown on its development projects.

SGT - SINGAPORE TELECOMMUNICATIONS LTD - down three cents at $2.78

Australia's number two telco, Optus, has posted a 9.2 per cent fall in third quarter net profit amid flat mobile subscriber growth.

WES - WESFARMERS LTD - up 46 cents at $38.88

Wesfarmers' first half profit is up nine per cent as earnings growth by Coles and hardware chain Bunnings more than offset a weaker performance by Target and its coal operations.