Stocks to watch

Stocks of interest at the close of trading on Friday, February 7.

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REA - REA GROUP - up $3.52, or 3.1 per cent, to $116.90

The realestate.com.au owner said its half-year earnings fell seven per cent to $272.1 million, but there were signs of a recovery in the Australian property market.

HRL - HRL HOLDINGS - up 1.5 cents, or 12 per cent, to 14 cents

The laboratory testing company reported its half-year underlying earnings more than tripled to $2.6 million, as its revenue rose from $14.1 million to $16.3 million.

FLT - FLIGHT CENTRE - down 97 cents, or 2.4 per cent, to $39.75

The online travel agency said the coronavirus outbreak was affecting travel patterns in its early second half, making it tough to achieve its 2020 forecast.

MGR - MIRVAC - up five cents, or 1.5 per cent, to $3.38

NEC - NINE ENTERTAINMENT - up 1.5 cents, or 0.8 per cent, to $1.86

Property group Mirvac has bought the Nine network's headquarters in Sydney as part of a $249 million deal which will replace the TV studios with units.

NWS - NEWS CORP - up 67 cents, or 3.2 per cent, to $21.82

The publishing giant is blaming a sluggish Australian economy and uncharacteristic softness in book publishing for a four per cent dip in second quarter earnings.

KMD - KATHMANDU - up 53 cents, or 17.6 per cent, to $3.54

The outdoors and adventure retailer flagged a half-year earnings surge following its Rip Curl acquisition - even though bushfires, hot weather and low December foot traffic will hurt the company's overall sales figures for the period.

The outdoors and adventure retailer on Friday also moved to reassure investors the coronavirus outbreak would not have a significant short-term impact on consumer demand, despite other retailers flagging supply chain disruptions and a hit to sales.

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