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Stocks to watch

Stocks to watch on the Australian stock exchange:

ANZ - ANZ BANKING GROUP - up 19 cents, or 0.7 per cent, at $27.83

ANZ's divestment program has continued with the completed sale of its retail and wealth businesses in six Asian countries.

EVN - EVOLUTION MINING - up 6 cents, or 2.2 per cent, at $2.85

Gold miner Evolution Mining's first-half profit has slid 10 per cent to $122.5 million but the company has lifted its dividend.

GNC - GRAINCORP - up 29 cents, or 4 per cent, at $7.63

Grains marketer GrainCorp expects sharply lower underlying earnings in fiscal 2018 due to prolonged dry weather cutting eastern Australia's harvest volumes.

MEA - MCGRATH - in a trading halt, last traded at 42.5 cents

Embattled real estate group McGrath's shares have been placed in a trading halt ahead of an announcement relating to allegations in the media about founder John McGrath.

ORG - ORIGIN ENERGY - up 52 cents, or 6.3 per cent, at $8.83

Origin Energy has slipped to a half-year net loss of $207 million, with its bottom line weighed down by $533 million in impairments.

S32 - SOUTH32 - down 2.5 cents, or 0.7 per cent, at $3.675

South32 has lifted its shareholder payout after improving its first-half underlying profit on the back of stronger commodities prices.

SHL - SONIC HEALTHCARE - down 70 cents, or 2.9 per cent, at $23.51

Sonic Healthcare's first-half profit has grown 16 per cent to $228.6 million as the pathology and radiology services company achieved strong revenue growth in Europe.

SUN - SUNCORP - down 36 cents, or 2.7 per cent, at $12.96

Suncorp's first-half profit fell 15.8 per cent to $452 million after Melbourne's December hail storm contributed to a blowout in natural hazards costs.

TLS - TELSTRA - up 4.5 cents, or 1.3 per cent, at $3.475

Telstra has cut its dividend after the telecommunications provider's first-half profit fell almost five per cent to $1.7 billion.

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