Stocks to watch on the Australian stock exchange at the close on Thursday:
ASX - ASX - up 56 cents, or 1.6 per cent, at $36.25
Improving global economic conditions and a rise in the number of companies listing on the local share market have contributed to a 11 per cent rise in market operator ASX's half year profit.
CCL - COCA-COLA AMATIL - up 10 cents, or 0.9 per cent, at $11.91
The Victorian government will give fruit processor SPC Ardmona $22 million as part of a $100 million co-investment that it says will save the company's Goulburn Valley cannery.
DJS - DAVID JONES - down three cents, or one per cent, at $3.11
Upmarket retailer David Jones has increased its sales in the three months to January 25 by almost five per cent to $618 million.
RHL - RURALCO HOLDINGS - in trading halt, last traded at $3.29
The shares of Australian owned agribusiness Ruralco Holdings has been placed in a trading halt as it prepares to conduct an equity raising.
RIO - RIO TINTO - down 27 cents, or 0.4 per cent, at $67.83
Rio Tinto will announce its full year results after the market closes on Thursday.
SGT - SINGAPORE TELECOMMUNICATIONS - up five cents, or 1.6 per cent, at $3.14
Optus lifted its net profit more than 40 per cent during the December quarter despite a slide in revenue from mobile customers.
TCL - TRANSURBAN - up one cent, or 0.15 per cent, at $6.83
Transurban has lifted its first half profit slightly following an increase in revenues from its toll roads.
TLS - TELSTRA - up four cents, or 0.8 per cent, at $5.15
Telstra has lifted its dividend for the first time in eight years after announcing a $1.7 billion profit.
TGR - TASSAL GROUP - down seven cents, or two per cent, at $3.48
Salmon farmer Tassal Group says its focus on the domestic market is paying dividends, with half year net profit up 42 per cent.
WEB - WEBJET - up 66 cents, or 26 per cent, at $3.16
Webjet shares are flying high after the online travel group lifted its half year profit by 60 per cent.