Stocks to watch at noon on Monday
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SYDNEY, Feb 18 AAP
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.