Stocks to watch on the Australian stock exchange:

EVN – EVOLUTION MINING – down 2.0 cents, or 0.75 per cent, at $2.65

NCM – NEWCREST MINING – down 2.0 cents, or 0.09 per cent, at $22.82

Gold mining stocks gave up early gains made on the back of a lift in the price of the precious metal.

HVN – HARVEY NORMAN – flat at $4.17

JBH – JB HI-FI – down 14 cents, or 0.56 per cent, at $24.94

MYR – MYER – up 3.0 cents, or 4.76 per cent, at 66 cents

Retail stocks continue to oscillate during the post-Christmas sales.

QBE – QBE – down 3.0 cents, or 0.28 per cent, at $10.68

Insurance giant QBE has agreed to pay $132.5 million to settle a class action launched by shareholders who were angry about a plunge in its share price in 2013.

CWN – CROWN RESORTS – down 2.0 cents, or 0.15 per cent, at $13.02

Crown Resorts has agreed to the $150 million sale of its 62 per cent stake in bookmaker CrownBet and expects to complete the divestment by the end of February.