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Stocks to watch on the Australian stock exchange:

BDA – BOD AUSTRALIA – up 17 cents, or 39.53 per cent, at 60 cents

CAN – CANN GROUP – up $1.02, or 35.42 per cent, at $3.90

THC – THE HYDROPONICS COMPANY – up 22 cents, or 30.77 per cent, at 93.5 cents

AC8 – AUSCANN – up 44 cents, or 53.66 per cent, at $1.26

Medicinal cannabis stocks soared after winning approval from the Australian government to begin exports.

BHP – BHP BILLITON – up 15 cents, or 0.5 per cent, at $30.33

FMG – FORTESCUE METALS GROUP – up 9.0 cents, or 1.77 per cent, at $5.17

RIO – RIO TINTO – down 34 cents, or 0.43 per cent, at $77.85

The price of iron ore holds steady around the $US75 mark.

ORG – ORIGIN ENERGY – down 4.0 cents, or 0.42 per cent, at $9.53

OSH – OIL SEARCH – up 28 cents, or 3.6 per cent, at $8.06

STO – SANTOS – flat at $5.45

WPL – WOODSIDE PETROLEUM – up 90 cents, or 2.68 per cent, at $34.46

Oil prices have soared to two-and-a-half-year highs spurred by continued unrest in oil producer Iran and strong economic data in the US and Germany.

YOW – YOWIE GROUP – up 2.0 cents, or 14.29 per cent, at 16 cents

Shares in Australian chocolate maker Yowie Group rebounded after losing one third of their value in the previous session.