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Aquila, BHP, Mirvac, Qantas, Woodside: Australian Stock Preview

Sept. 16 (Bloomberg) -- 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 gained 1.1 percent to 4,143 as of 6:59 a.m. in Sydney. The Bank of New York Australia ADR Index climbed 1.8 percent. The S&P/ASX 200 Index advanced 1.7 percent to 4,071.70.

Mining companies: A measure of primary metals traded in London rose 1.2 percent yesterday, snapping four days of losses. Copper futures for December delivery advanced 1.5 percent in New York.

BHP Billiton Ltd. (BHP AU), the world’s No. 1 mining company, rose 2 percent to A$37.63. Its American depositary receipts gained 1.7 percent in New York trading.

Rio Tinto Group (RIO AU), the world’s second-largest mining company by sales, rose 1.5 percent to A$69.38 in Sydney.

Oil stocks: Crude oil for October delivery climbed 0.6 percent on the New York Mercantile Exchange yesterday.

Woodside Petroleum Ltd. (WPL AU), Australia’s second-biggest oil and gas producer, advanced 3 percent to A$33.21. Santos Ltd. (STO AU), Australia’s third-largest oil and gas producer, gained 2.5 percent to A$11.21.

Gold producers: New York-traded gold futures fell 2.5 percent on the Comex in New York yesterday.

Newcrest Mining Ltd. (NCM AU), Australia’s biggest gold producer, slipped 1.7 percent to A$38.11. Rival St. Barbara Ltd. (SBM AU) dropped 2.2 percent to A$2.21.

Aquila Resources Ltd. (AQA AU): International Coal Ventures Ltd. and Henan Coal Chemical Industry Group Co. are among bidders for an Aquila coal mine in Australia, three people with knowledge of the matter said. The companies are bidding for Aquila’s Washpool coking coal project, said the people, who declined to be identified because the talks are confidential. Aquila climbed 6.7 percent to A$5.92.

Charter Hall Office REIT (CQO AU): The real-estate investment company said it refinanced a A$365 million ($377 million) commercial mortgage-backed-security facility that matured yesterday. A new three-year term was provided by Australian banks, according to the company. The stock gained 1.9 percent to A$3.25.

Mirvac Group (MGR AU): Bids for the Australian property group’s hotel business are due in today, with four frontrunners in the line-up, including France’s Accor SA, the Australian Financial Review reported in its Street Talk column. Mirvac’s shares rose 0.4 percent to A$1.13.

Qantas Airways Ltd. (QAN AU): Australia’s biggest airline will deploy larger aircraft and consolidate services to limit the impact of planned strike action by members of the Transport Workers Union on Sept. 20. The four-hour strike will interrupt the morning peak at most airports and the carrier will contact affected passengers, Sydney-based Qantas said in an e-mailed statement. Qantas jumped 3.7 percent to A$1.545.

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