Stocks to watch on the Australian stock exchange on Wednesday, Sept 2:
BHP - BHP BILLITON - down two cents, or 0.08 per cent, at $24.63
ORG - ORIGIN ENERGY - down 37 cents, or 4.52 per cent, at $7.81
OSH - OIL SEARCH - down nine cents, or 1.34 per cent, at $6.65
STO - SANTOS - down four cents, or 0.84 per cent, at $4.75
WPL - WOODSIDE PETROLEUM - down 52 cents, or 1.64 per cent, at $31.10
Oil prices tumbled overnight after Chinese manufacturing data further indicated a slowdown in the world's second largest economy, and shook market confidence.
HVN - HARVEY NORMAN - down 14 cents, or 3.25 per cent, at $4.17
Harvey Norman's $34 million for a 49.9 per cent stake in Victorian dairy company Coomboona may be mystifying for some, but executive chairman Gerry Harvey said the investment reflected the tough times in retailing.
KMD - KATHMANDU - down 4.5 cents, or 2.91 per cent, at $1.50
New Zealand retailer Briscoe's bid for outdoor equipment and clothing chain Kathmandu appears doomed after it said it would not increase its takeover offer.