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February 18 2013, 12:06AM

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

AMC - AMCOR LTD - up 29 cents, or 3.25 per cent, at $9.20

Packaging company Amcor has increased its first half profit by 16 per cent and forecast growth in its underlying profit for the full financial year.

APN - APN NEWS & MEDIA - in trading halt, last traded at 30 cents

APN News & Media's major shareholder has called for a general meeting to remove the current board.

BEN - BENDIGO AND ADELAIDE BANK LTD - up 34.5 cents, or 3.50 per cent, at $10.195

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank has more than tripled its first half profit and says business conditions and confidence have improved in recent months.

BLY - BOART LONGYEAR LTD - down 16 cents, or 7.48 per cent, at $1.98

Drilling company Boart Longyear has appointed Richard O'Brien, the outgoing boss of gold producer Newmont Mining, as its new chief executive.

BSL - BLUESCOPE STEEL LTD - up 53 cents, or 14.06 per cent, at $4.30

BlueScope's shares have leapt by more than eight per cent on news its first half loss had narrowed and earnings were expected to continue improving.

CCL - COCA-COLA AMATIL LTD - up four cents, or 0.29 per cent, at $13.66

Two Greenpeace activists have been arrested after unfurling a banner outside Coca-Cola Amatil's Sydney headquarters to highlight the drinks giant's opposition to cash for containers recycling.

LLC - LEND LEASE GROUP - down 23 cents, or 2.15 per cent, at $10.46

Builder and developer Lend Lease has increased its first half profit by 39 per cent.

NHF - NIB HOLDINGS LTD - down seven cents, or 3.08 per cent, at $2.20

Private health insurer nib says its first half net profit has dropped, due to higher than forecast claims costs.

PBG - PACIFIC BRANDS LTD - up 4.5 cents, or 6.16 per cent, at 77.5 cents

Shares in Pacific Brands have jumped by more than five per cent after the struggling clothing retailer said it had returned to profitability.

SFH - SPECIALTY FASHION GROUP LTD - up 7.5 cents, or 7.89 per cent, at $1.025

Specialty Fashion Group has almost tripled its first half profit, due mainly to an increase in online sales growth.