Stocks to watch on the Australian stock exchange at noon on Wednesday:
AAD - ARDENT LEISURE - up 4.00 cents, or 1.17 per cent, at $3.45
Theme parks and family entertainment centres operator Ardent Leisure has lifted first quarter earnings, boosted by its businesses in the United States.
GPT - GPT GROUP - up 1.00 cent, or 0.25 per cent, at $4.04
Property owner GPT has upgraded its full year earnings guidance thanks to increased demand for office spaces.
HSO - HEALTHSCOPE - up 4.5 cents, or 1.83 per cent, at $2.505
One of Australia's largest private health care providers has been awarded the tender to build a $1 billion hospital on Sydney's northern beaches.
JBH - JB Hi-Fi - up $1.38, or 9.34 per cent, at $16.15
It has been a slow start to the financial year for consumer electronics retailer JB Hi-Fi with sales down on a year ago.
MOC - MORTGAGE CHOICE - up 7.00 cents, or 2.68 per cent, at $2.68
Home loans broker Mortgage Choice expects to increase its profit this financial year amid Australia's housing boom.
NHF - NIB HOLDINGS - steady, at $3.17
Private health insurer nib is on track to lift its operating profit this year and expects to receive a long-term boost from growing healthcare spending and a shift towards private sector funding of the sector.
TAH - TABCORP - up 0.5 cents, or 0.12 per cent, at $4.035
A company set up by the Packer family has bought into gaming giant Tabcorp.
TGR - TASSAL - up 3.00 cents, or 0.82 per cent, at $3.69
Salmon farmer Tassal says the total weight of its live fish at sea is 37 per cent more than it was at this time in 2013.
TTS - TATTS - up 3.00 cents, or 0.90 per cent, at $3.36
Tatts holds its annual general meeting in Brisbane on Wednesday.