Stocks to watch on the Australian stock exchange:

AMP – AMP LTD – down two cents, or 0.5 per cent, at $4.30

AMP chief executive Craig Meller has resigned with immediate effect and the financial services provider has apologised “unreservedly” for the scandals heard at the royal commission.

NST – NORTHERN STAR – down 18 cents, or 2.8 per cent, at $6.27

NCM – NEWCREST MINING – down 12 cents, or 0.6 per cent, at $19.99

EVN – EVOLUTION MINING – down 18 cents, or 5.4 per cent, at $3.18

Gold stocks are lower on Friday, after the precious metal’s prices dipped in offshore trade, breaking a string of gains for four successive sessions, in response to a decline in global political tensions.

SYD – SYDNEY AIRPORT – up three cents, or 0.5 per cent, at $6.56

A record 11.1 million passengers – the equivalent of Victoria and Queensland’s combined populations – passed through Sydney Airport in the March quarter.