Stocks to watch on the Australian stock exchange at noon on Wednesday:
BHP - BHP BILLITON - up 24 cents, or 0.64 per cent, at $37.60
The world will rely on fossil fuels for energy for a long time yet despite their role in causing climate change, says BHP Billiton's chief executive Andrew Mackenzie.
DOW - DOWNER EDI - up 3.5 cents, or 0.71 per cent, at $4.995
Engineering firm Downer EDI has won a $70 million contract to perform structural, mechanical, piping and electrical work at the Technical Ammonium Nitrate Plant project on the Burrup Peninsula in Western Australia.
QAN - QANTAS AIRWAYS - down 1.75 cents, or 1.54 per cent, at $1.1175
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has urged Qantas to lobby Labor, the Australian Greens and crossbench MPs to support government changes to allow greater foreign ownership of the airline.
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