The Australian stock market is closed on Friday for the Anzac Day public holiday.
Stocks of key interest on the Australian stock exchange on Thursday were:
AGO – ATLAS IRON – up two cents, or 2.1 per cent, at 97.5 cents
Western Australian iron ore producer Atlas Iron achieved record shipments in the March quarter but has also been hit by weaker commodity prices.
ANZ – AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP – up eight cents, or 0.2 per cent, at $34.67
WBC – WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – up 16 cents, or 0.45 per cent, at $35.78
New Zealand’s markets watchdog is joining the investigation into whether the sales and marketing of interest rate swaps by major banks to rural customers may have breached financial markets laws.
EPW – ERM POWER – down 35 cents, or 15 per cent, at $1.98
ERM Power has secured $1 billion in new contracts to supply electricity to the federal and NSW governments, but also cut its profit guidance for the 2014/15 financial year.
RHC – RAMSAY HEALTH CARE – down one cent, or 0.02 per cent, at $45.98
Australian billionaire and Ramsay Health Care founder Paul Ramsay is in a serious condition in a European hospital.
RHL – RURALCO – up one cent, or 0.3 per cent, at $3.40
Agribusiness Ruralco Holdings expects to post a half year net profit of between $4.5 and $5 billion, up from a $500,000 loss a year ago.
RMD – RESMED – up 16 cents, or 3.1 per cent, at $5.26
Medical technology group ResMed has lifted its third quarter earnings six per cent, despite flat sales from its key US market.
TCL – TRANSURBAN – in a trading halt, last traded at $7.27
A consortium led by toll road owner Transurban will pay $7 billion to buy a string of Brisbane motorways from the Queensland government.
WHC – WHITEHAVEN COAL – down 4.5 cents, or 2.8 per cent, at $1.56
Whitehaven Coal shares have fallen after the miner cut its full year production guidance by up to eight per cent due to operational problems.