Stocks to watch on Wednesday

Stocks to watch on the Australian stock exchange on Wednesday:

AGL - AGL ENERGY - up 20 cents, or 1.06 per cent, at $19.00

AGL Energy has stepped up its push into green energy with a $20 million stake in a US battery maker and a new fund to develop large scale renewable projects.

BLD - BORAL - up 18 cents, or 3.5 per cent, at $5.32

The future looks bright for Boral, with a string of major road and infrastructure projects on the horizon as the building products maker benefits from the residential construction boom in NSW.

BWX - BWX - up three cents, or 0.78 per cent, at $3.90

There may be no money in oil these days, but there is in skin and hair care, especially if the products contain green vegetables, herbs and algae.

CAR - CARSALES.COM - down 38 cents, or 3.43 per cent, at $10.71

Online car seller Carsales.com has raced to a record first half net profit, but expects the brakes to be applied to growth in the next six months.

CBA - COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA - up $1.33, or 1.83 per cent, at $74.20

Commonwealth Bank shares opened up more than three per cent as investors react warmly to its record $4.8 billion first half profit.

CPU - COMPUTERSHARE - down 81 cents, or 7.78 per cent, at $9.60

Shares in investor services company Computershare have fallen seven per cent after it warned of softening operating conditions.

CIM - CIMIC - up $2.08, or 8.89 per cent, at $25.47

Construction and contract mining group CIMIC is set for a solid 2016 after lifting its underlying annual profit by 20 per cent.

FCN - FALCON MINERALS - down 0.2 cents, or 8.7 per cent, at 2.1 cents

Minerals explorer Falcon Minerals, which intends to change its business to 3D printers, says sales of 3D printers that will be part of its product portfolio are booming.

NEA - NEARMAP - down 3.5 cents, or 9.95 per cent, at 33 cents

Photomapping company Nearmap lifted its first half revenue by 21 per cent but swung into the red with a $3.3 million loss following its expansion into the United States.

OZL - OZ MINERALS - down four cents, or 0.94 per cent, at $4.20

OZ Minerals has boosted its dividend and says it will continue to reward shareholders ahead of a large capital expenditure program.

SGP - STOCKLAND - down nine cents, or 2.23 per cent, at $3.95

Property giant Stockland is on track to increase its earnings despite cooling house price growth in Sydney and Melbourne.

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