Stocks to watch at noon on Wednesday

Stocks to watch on the Australian stock exchange at noon on Wednesday:

AZJ - AURIZON - up 2.5 cents, or 0.51 per cent, at $4.905

Australia's largest rail freight operator Aurizon has stood down some workers because of last week's NSW storms has closed some rail lines.

IAG - INSURANCE AUSTRALIA GROUP - down 20.5 cents, or 3.4 per cent, at $5.685

Insurance Australia Group has lowered its full year profit guidance after taking a $250 million hit from recent storms in New South Wales.

NAB - NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK - down 63.0 cents, or 1.64 per cent, at $37.75

National Australia Bank will sell 18 million shares in its US subsidiary Great Western Bancorp, reducing its stake to just over a third.

REC - RECALL HOLDINGS - up 5.0 cents, or 0.66 per cent, at $7.67

Recall Holdings has recommended shareholders accept a $2.7 billion takeover offer that would bring the data management's short tenure as a stand-alone company to an end.

SGM - SIMS METAL MANAGEMENT - down 80.0 cents, or 6.93 per cent, at $10.75

Sims Metal has forecast flat sales for the second half of the financial year as the world's biggest scrap metal recycler battles a steep sales slide.

SWM - SEVEN WEST MEDIA - in a trading halt, last traded at $1.36

Shares in Seven West Media have been placed in a trading halt ahead of the announcement of a proposed capital raising.

SXY - SENEX ENERGY - down 3.5 cents, or 7.61 per cent, at 42.5 cents

Central Australian-based Senex Energy has further cut spending in response to weak oil prices as sales revenue fell during the March quarter.

WES - WESFARMERS - down 5.0 cents, or 0.12 per cent, at $43.10

Supermarket giant Coles lifted its third quarter sales 5.4 per cent to $7.1 billion, with comparable food and liquor sales up 3.8 per cent.


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