ANZ, Envestra, Orica, Rio, Woodside: Australian Stock Preview

The following is a list of companies whose shares may have unusual moves in Australia. The preview includes news announced after markets closed. All prices are from yesterday’s close unless otherwise stated.

The S&P/ASX 200 Index futures contract due in September lost 0.4 percent to 4,170 as of 6:57 a.m. in Sydney. The Bank of New York Australia ADR Index fell 2.5 percent. The S&P/ASX 200 Index rose 0.1 percent to 4,188.

Mining companies: A measure of primary metals traded in London rose 0.6 percent yesterday.

BHP Billiton Ltd. (BHP) , the world’s No. 1 mining company, lost 0.2 percent to A$38.17. Its American depositary receipts fell 2.7 percent in New York trading.

Rio Tinto Group (RIO AU), the world’s second-largest mining company by sales, gained 1 percent to A$71.30 in Sydney.

Oil stocks: Crude oil for October delivery fell 0.3 percent on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Woodside Petroleum Ltd. (WPL) , Australia’s second- biggest oil and gas producer, was unchanged at A$33.92. Santos Ltd. (STO) , Australia’s third-largest oil and gas producer, rose 0.5 percent to A$11.56.

Gold producers: Gold futures for December delivery gained 2.2 percent on the Comex in New York.

Newcrest Mining Ltd. (NCM) , Australia’s biggest gold producer, gained 0.1 percent to A$39.55. Rival St. Barbara Ltd. (SBM AU) climbed 3.1 percent to A$2.30.

Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. (ANZ) : The lender said it’s not in “formal discussions” for any opportunities in Japan. ANZ was considering buying Japan’s Aozora Bank Ltd. as part of a plan to expand in Asia and broaden its funding sources, a person familiar with the matter said Aug. 30. The stock dropped 0.6 percent to A$19.92.

Envestra Ltd. (ENV) : The operator of gas pipelines in South Australia was rated new “neutral” at Credit Suisse Group AG. The stock was unchanged at 71.5 Australian cents.

Orica Ltd. (ORI) : The world’s largest industrial explosives maker said it doesn’t see authorities blocking plans to expand an ammonium-nitrate plant in New South Wales state amid public opposition after a chemical leak at the site, the Australian Financial Review reported, citing the company’s chief executive, Graeme Leibelt. Orica’s shares fell 0.3 percent to A$23.62.

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