The market is up 16. The SFE Futures were down 5 this morning.

Wall Street fell 1 overnight. Economic data wasn’t inspiring with the  Empire Manufacturing Index having a smaller-than-expected rise to 7.1, factory orders fell as did US Homebuilder sentiment. Metals were mostly up overnight, oil price fell 15c to $75.24 and Gold put on $9.60 to $1226.60.

The latest RBA minutes say the RBA were “comfortable” leaving interest rates at average levels at its August meeting board during a period of market volatility.

Results today

  • Monadelphous Group (MND) — FY net profit up 12.1% to $83.22m slightly better than the $81.3m analysts expected on average. MND up 16c to 1436c
  • UGL Ltd. (UGL) — FY Net profit rose 1.5% to $144.5m slightly below analysts’ estimates of $145.2m. UGL up 24c to 1401c.
  • OneSteel (OST) Net profit up 12% — Net profit rose to $258m for the year. Underlying profit was $241m in line with company guidance and up from analysts’ estimates of $239m. OST down 12c to 306, down 3.77%.
  • Primary Healthcare (PRY) — Net profit rises 22% in the year to $132m, up from $108.5m but missed analysts’ expectations of $140m. Primary Healthcare down 7c to 327c.
  • GWA International (GWT) reported a $48.5m annual profit after writing down the value of divested assets including their mower business. They expect profit for the current year to exceed last financial year. GWT up 1c to 299c.
  • Macmahon Holdings (MAH) — FY net profit doubled to $37.9m, in line with guidance and analysts expectations. Declared a final dividend of 1.5c. Has $2.1bn of work in 2010 and has an order book of $2.2bn. MAH unchanged at 59c.

In other news today…

  • Woodside Petroleum (WPL) has announced their second gas discovery in as many days. They said their Larsen Deep-1 well, owned in a JV with Hess Corp, has intersected a gas column of around 50 meters over several zones. The well is at 4,914 meters and is planned to drill down to 5,030 meters. WPL up 0.7%.
  • Redflex Holdings (RDF) has rejected a 250c a share offer from Macquarie Group (MQG) and will commence talks with several other interested parties. RDF up 4.26% to 245c.
  • Oz Minerals (OZL) says 1st  net profit will incorporate a $141.1m reversal of impairment charges on their Prominent Hill copper mine. OZL up 3.32% to 124.5c.
  • Stocks going ex-dividend today: Coca-Cola Amatil (CCL) 20.5c, Computershare (CPU) 14c and JB Hi-Fi (JBH) 33c.

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