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Stocks of interest at the close of trade on the ASX on Friday February 1.

QAN – QANTAS – down 12 cents, or 2.21 per cent to $5.32

AQZ – ALLIANCE AVIATION – up 20 cents, or 8.7 per cent to $2.50

On Friday Qantas announced they had bought 20 per cent of Alliance Aviation and wants to take over an even larger stake of the regional charter service.

HSO – HEALTHSCOPE – up 9 cents, or 3.81 per cent to $2.45

Australia’s second largest private hospital agreed on Friday to a $4.5 billion takeover by Canadian investment firm Brookfield despite rival bidders saying they could increase the offer.

ANSELL – down 8 cents, or 0.34 per cent to $23.34

Ansell has agreed to purchase Texas-based protective glove manufacturer Ringers Gloves for $US70 million.

FMG – FORTESCUE METALS – up 19 cents, or 3.36 per cent to $5.84

The world’s fourth largest iron ore miner had strong gains on Friday after reporting on Thursday a 5 per cent rise in its second-quarter iron ore shipments.