Stocks to watch on the Australian stock exchange at noon on Wednesday:
BHP - BHP BILLITON - up 18 cents, or 0.5 per cent, to $35.92
WHC - Whitehaven Coal - down 5.5 cents, or three per cent, to $1.765
China is banning high-polluting coal from 2015 to help tackle air pollution across the country. China imports about 300 million metric tonnes of coal a year.
PMV - PREMIER INVESTMENTS - up 49 cents, or 4.98 per cent, to $10.32
Solomon Lew's retail outfit has lifted its underlying full year profit by 10 per cent to $106 million and has built up a cash pile of more than $300 million.
QAN - QANTAS - down two cents, or 1.3 per cent, to $1.495
Foreign ownership levels in the Australian airline have crept up to 44.7 per cent, nearing the 49 per cent cap placed on overseas investors.
SAI - SAI GLOBAL - down 34 cents, or 7.67 per cent, to $4.09
The compliance services business has ended takeover talks with two private equity firms after they missed Tuesday's deadline to lodge their bid.
YOW - YOWIE - up eight cents, or 11.85 per cent, to 75.5 cents.
The Australian chocolate maker has sealed a deal with US retail giant Walmart for a trial sale of its products in 50 stores from October.