Stocks to watch on the Australian stock exchange at noon on Thursday:
TAH - TABCORP HOLDINGS - up 1.00 cent, or 0.30 per cent, at $3.39
Gaming group Tabcorp has lifted its first half profit slightly after gains in its wagering, gaming and media divisions offset a decline in its Keno business.
VAH - VIRGIN AUSTRALIA - up 1.5 cents, or 4.76 per cent, at 33 cents
Shares in Virgin Australia have risen despite the airline confirming it will post a $49 million pre-tax loss for the first half of the financial year.
WBC - WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION - up 31 cents, or 1.02 per cent, at $30.62
Australia's Westpac bank has become only the third bank to be granted a licence to trade derivatives in China.
WOW - WOOLWORTHS - up 56.5 cents, or 1.67 per cent, at $34.485
Woolworths has lifted its first half sales more than six per cent thanks to solid gains from its supermarkets division.