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ASB – AUSTAL – up 0.5 cents, or 0.3 per cent at $1.80

Austal has won a $68 million contract to build a ferry for JR Kyushu Jet Ferry of Japan, scheduled to be in service prior to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

OSH – OIL SEARCH – down three cents, or 0.4 per cent, at $7.19

STO – SANTOS – down three cents, or 0.6 per cent, at $4.89

Oil Search and Santos say it will take about eight weeks to repair the liquefied natural gas project in which they have stakes following the PNG earthquake.

SEK – SEEK – up 37 cents, or 1.9 per cent, at $19.96

Job advertiser SEEK will pay $157 million to buy out News Corp and become sole owner of its Asian subsidiary.

XRO – XERO – down $2.03, or 6.2 per cent at $30.85

Cloud accounting firm Xero has appointed former Microsoft Australia and New Zealand boss Steve Vamos as chief executive, taking over from founder Rod Drury in April.