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Stocks to watch on the Australian stock exchange:

AWE - AWE - up 12 cents, or 16.4 per cent, at 85 cents

Takeover target AWE Limited says it has received a rival takeover offer from mining services firm Mineral Resources, valuing it at $484 million.

DOW - DOWNER EDI - up six cents, or 0.9 per cent, at $6.77

A joint venture between engineering group Downer EDI and Ausenco has secured a contract for engineering, procurement and construction work at Oz Minerals' Carrapateena copper gold mine project in South Australia.

RFG - RETAIL FOOD GROUP - down $1.15, or 26.1 per cent, at $3.25

Gloria Jean's, Donut King and Brumby's Bakery brands' owner the Retail Food Group has denied media reports it is running its franchisees into the ground with a brutal business model.