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Stocks to watch

Stocks of interest on the ASX at the close on Wednesday, September 26:

AGO - ATLAS IRON - up 0.2 cents, or 4.8 per cent, at 4.4 cents.

Gina Rinehart's Hancock Prospecting, which currently holds a 77 per cent stake in Atlas, is preparing to raise its takeover offer from 4.2 to 4.6 cents per share.

NUF - NUFARM - unchanged at $6.70.

Nufarm shares are in a trading halt ahead of a $300 million capital raising as the company reported a $15.6 million full-year loss due to the drought.

AGL - AGL ENERGY - up 36 cents, or 1.9 per cent, at $19.59.

AGL's new chief is sticking to its plan to close its Liddell coal-fired power plant by 2022.

STO - SANTOS - down eight cents, or one per cent, at $7.25.

Santos announced plans on Wednesday to nearly double its natural gas production to more than 100 million barrels of oil equivalent by 2025. The company also reported a surge in half-year profit and revived its dividend.

ANZ - ANZ BANK - down 26 cents, or 0.9 per cent, at $27.96.

CBA - COMMONWEALTH BANK AUSTRALIA - down 62 cents, or 0.9 per cent, at $70.18.

NBA - NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK - down 15 cents, or 0.5 per cent, at $27.45.

WBC - WESTPAC - down 7 cents, or 0.25 per cent, at $27.81.

The big banks remained skittish on Wednesday ahead of the US Federal Reserve's economic projections and the potential for a sharp move in US interest rates.

RIO - RIO TINTO - up 92 cents, or 1.2 per cent, at $80.03

BHP - BHP - up 40 cents, or 1.2 per cent, at $34.50

The big miners were up as stocks in precious and industrial metals lifted the materials sector.

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