Stocks to watch on the Australian stock exchange:
APO - APN OUTDOOR - up 15.00 cents, or 2.63 per cent, at $5.85
APN Outdoor is confident of a solid lift in earnings this year after beating expectations with a $41 million profit for 2015.
BSL - BLUESCOPE STEEL - up 9.00 cents, or 1.64 per cent, at $5.57
BlueScope Steel has outlined further cost cuts and plans to sell its New Zealand iron sands business, as it looks to build on the momentum of its strong half year results.
BXB - BRAMBLES - up 94.00 cents, or 8.5 per cent, at $12.00
Brambles has raised its full year guidance after lifting first half profit two per cent.
NAB - NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK - up 4.00 cents, or 0.16 per cent, at $25.66
National Australia Bank has appointed the former head of ANZ's Australian operations to its board as a non executive director.
NCM - NEWCREST MINING - down 4.00 cents, or 0.25 per cent, at $15.86
Gold miner Newcrest has settled a class action with shareholders by agreeing to pay them $36 million.
NHF - NIB HOLDINGS - up 24.00 cents, or 7.32 per cent, at $3.52
Private health insurer nib has booked a five per cent rise in first half net profit as the private health insurer lured more members and increased prices.
OML - OOH!MEDIA - up 12.00 cents, or 2.95 per cent, at $4.19
oOh!media has swung to a net profit, thanks to the advertising company's rapid expansion and contract wins.
PFL - PATTIES FOODS - down 3.00 cents, or 2.65 per cent, at $1.10
Patties Foods' first half net profit has dropped nearly 12 per cent due to a significant fall in frozen berry sales.
PMP - PMP - down 1.00 cent, or 2.13 per cent, at 46 cents
Trans-Tasman printing group PMP has laid the blame for a 58.8 per cent drop in first half profit squarely at the feet of faltering electronics retailer Dick Smith.
SXL - SOUTHERN CROSS AUSTEREO - down 1.00 cent, or 0.92 per cent, at $1.095
Southern Cross Austereo has lifted first half profit 25.1 per cent on higher advertising revenue.
UGL - UGL - up 26.00 cents, or 10.83 per cent, at $2.66
Engineering contractor UGL is back in the black, posting a first half profit of $18.55 million.