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Stocks to watch at close on Friday

Reported by AAP
Friday, October 31, 2014
Topics in this article:
Australia And New Zealand Banking,Crown,Harvey Norman Holdings,Hills Industries,Macquarie,Newcrest Mining
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Stocks to watch on the Australian stock exchange at the close on Friday:

ANZ - ANZ BANKING GROUP - up 24 cents, or 0.7 per cent, at $33.50

ANZ lifted its full year cash profit by 10 per cent to $7.1 billion, and warned about the consequences of potential regulatory changes stemming from a financial system inquiry.

EGP - ECHO ENTERTAINMENT - up four cents, or 1.1 per cent, at $3.80

Echo Entertainment says it has a mystery back-up plan if it loses a Brisbane casino development bid to rival Crown.

HIL - HILLS - down 0.5 cents, or 0.4 per cent, at $1.335

Electronic equipment and instruments supplier Hills expects its annual underlying profit to be at the lower end of its guidance.

HVN - HARVEY NORMAN - up four cents, or 1.1 per cent, at $3.80

Harvey Norman's sales have grown in the three months to September, driving a 24 per cent rise in pre-tax profit.

MQG - MACQUARIE GROUP - up $1.32, or 2.2 per cent, at $61.17

Wealth investor Macquarie Group has enjoyed a bumper first half of its fiscal year and is expecting more good news as demand soars for its fixed income products.

NCM - NEWCREST MINING - down 44 cents, or 4.5 per cent, at $9.32

Newcrest Mining is considering changing its remuneration structure in response to criticism over what some see as the company's generous salary packages.

31/10/2014 23:47Sydney, Australia. 31 October,2014