Stocks to watch
Stocks to watch on the Australian securities exchange:
MPL - MEDIBANK PRIVATE - up 6.0 cents, or two per cent, at $3.10
NHF - NIB HEALTH - up 6.0 cents, or one per cent, at $6.07
Shares in Medibank Private and NIB have risen on federal government health insurance reforms that include initiatives to entice the under-30s to buy policies.
CBA - COMMONWEALTH BANK - up 25 cents, or 0.33 per cent, at $76.66
NAB - NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK - up 11 cents, or 0.34 per cent, at $32.17
ANZ - ANZ BANK - up 2.0 cents, or 0.1 per cent, at $30.06
WBC - WESTPAC - up 17 cents, or 0.5 per cent, at $30.00
Banking stocks in the US fell overnight after JPMorgan Chase and Citibank beat profit and revenue estimates, but reported a drop in trading revenue.
EVN - EVOLUTION MINING - flat at $2.26
NCM - NEWCREST MINING - up 6.0 cents, or 0.3 per cent, at $21.86
The price of gold edged to a more than two-week high overnight.
ORG - ORIGIN ENERGY - up 5.0 cents, or 0.7 per cent, at $7.17
OSH - OIL SEARCH - up 2.0 cents, or 0.3 per cent, at $7.15
STO - SANTOS - up 2.0 cents, or 0.5 per cent, at $4.17
WPL - WOODSIDE PETROLEUM - up 9.0 cents, or 0.3 per cent, at $29.47
Oil prices are lower after a larger-than-expected decline in US inventories and a falloff in weekly production.
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