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Stocks to watch

Stocks making moves or news on the ASX at the close on Thursday, October 4:

BOQ - BANK OF QUEENSLAND - up 24 cents, or 2.2 per cent, at $11.01

Bank of Queensland shares have jumped after the lender reported a full-year profit slip of five per cent to $336 million but a decrease in faulty loans.

S32 - SOUTH32 - up 29 cents, or 7.3 per cent, at $4.25

Soaring aluminium prices, following the closure of Norsk Hydro's Alunorte refinery in Brazil, have helped to lift South32 shares.

MFG - MAGELLAN FINANCIAL GROUP - up $2.11, or 7.8 per cent, at $29.10

Fund manager Magellan Financial Group has announced a role-swap for its chairman and chief executive, ahead of its annual general meeting on Thursday.

EVN - EVOLUTION - down 5 cents, or 1.8 per cent, at $2.68

NCM - NEWCREST MINING - down 34 cents, or 1.7 per cent, at $19.38

NST - NORTHERN STAR RESOURCES - down 25 cents, or three per cent, at $8.48

Gold stocks dropped off after news the Italian government appears to have softened its populist stance on budget deficit and debt, soothing investors' nerves and sparking a move back to other higher-risk assets.

BPT - BEACH ENERGY - up two cents, or 0.9 per cent, at $2.19

ORG - ORIGIN ENERGY - up 13 cents, or 1.5 per cent, at $8.55

STO - SANTOS - up 10 cents, or 1.4 per cent, at $$7.45

Rising oil prices pushed energy stocks higher for a third straight session.

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