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Stocks to watch

Stocks to watch on the Australian stock exchange:

AAD - ARDENT LEISURE - down 2 cents, or 1 per cent, at $2.01

Theme parks and entertainment company Ardent Leisure expects to report full-year earnings ahead of its guidance but admits it can do better.

BBN - BABY BUNTING GROUP - down 24.5 cents, or 12.6 per cent, at $1.705

Prams, cots and car seats seller Baby Bunting says it will still deliver mid-single digit same-store sales despite slowing in sales in the first weeks of the new financial year.

NAB - NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK - down 34.5 cents, or 1.1 per cent, at $30.135

National Australia Bank's mortgage rate hikes have helped the lender lift third-quarter cash profit five per cent to $1.7 billion.

NWS - NEWS CORP - down $1.01, or 5.5 per cent, at $17.39

Decline in print advertising, foreign exchange fluctuations and lesser number of weeks in the period have contributed to a two per cent decline in media giant News Corp's full year revenue

REA - REA GROUP - down $3.75, or 5.5 per cent, at $64.67

REA Group full-year reported net profit has slipped 19 per cent to $206.3 million, on the back of a $182.8 million write-down of its Asian business due to weak market conditions.

SIG - SIGMA PHARMACEUTICALS - down 7.5 cents, or 8.1 per cent, at 85.5 cents

Shares in pharmacies supplier Sigma Healthcare have been slashed after the company warned underlying earnings will come in below market expectations, citing "challenging" industry conditions.

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