Stocks to watch
Stocks to watch on the Australian stock exchange:
ANZ - ANZ BANKING GROUP - down 79.5 cents, or 2.8 per cent, at $27.945
CBA - COMMONWEALTH BANK - down $1.945, or 2.4 per cent, at $77.855
NAB - NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK - down 69 cents, or 2.4 per cent, at $28.50
WBC - WESTPAC BANKING CORP - down 98 cents, or 3.1 per cent, at $30.33
Australia's leading banks suffer amid the 'bloodbath' hitting the world's key share markets, including local indexes.
BHP - BHP BILLITON - down 86 cents, or 2.85 per cent, at $29.29
Activist hedge fund Elliott Advisors has renewed its push for a restructure of BHP Billiton, asking the company's board to immediately review its dual listed company structure.
HVN - HARVEY NORMAN - down 11.5 cents, or 2.6 per cent, at $4.255
JBH - JB HI-FI - down 65 cents, or 3.3 per cent, at $27.22
MYR - MYER - down 0.75 cents, or 1.1 per cent, at 64.25 cents
Retail spending has slowed more than expected with household goods, department stores and apparel sales all falling in December.
MQG - MACQUARIE GROUP - down $5.62, or 5.4 per cent, at $97.74
Macquarie Group expects to lift full-year profit by about 10 per cent on last year's record $2.2 billion.
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