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Stocks to watch

Stocks of interest on the Australian stock exchange on Friday:

BHP - BHP BILLITON - down 24 cents, or 0.71 per cent, at $33.33

RIO - RIO TINTO - down 11 cents, or 0.14 per cent, at $79.84

Iron ore prices edged up overnight, while Rio has signed a heads of agreement to sell its interest in Indonesia's Grasberg - the world's second biggest copper mine - for $US3.5 billion.

ORG - ORIGIN ENERGY - up 29 cents, or 3.08 per cent, at $9.72

OSH - OIL SEARCH - down three cents, or 0.33 per cent, at $9.02

STO - SANTOS - down five cents, or 0.81 per cent, at $6.16

Oil prices strengthened overnight as market focus returned to concerns about spare capacity following a warning from the International Energy Agency.

ANZ - ANZ BANK - down 19 cents, or 0.65 per cent, at $29.01

CBA - COMMONWEALTH BANK - down 36 cents, or 0.48 per cent, at $74.85

NAB - NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK - down 11 cents, or 0.39 per cent, at $28.04

WBC - WESTPAC - down 16 cents, or 0.54 per cent, at $29.60

Banking shares gave up some of their recent gains as investors took profits.

VEA - VIVA ENERGY - down 10 cents, or four per cent, at $2.40

Australian refining and marketing company Viva Energy fell slightly from its issue price of $2.50.

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