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FTSE down as Antofagasta plunges, Wall St mixed

FTSE indices were southbound at the close with miners, supermarkets and tobacco outfits acting as ballast amid a slew of blue-chip newsflow. Wall St opened mixed.

ITV enjoys another period of double digit profit growth

Broadcaster ITV said it is on track to deliver another year of growth. In the first half-year to end-June revenue growth was delivered by all parts of the business, with total external revenues up 7% to £1.225bn.

PETS upbeat

Pets at Home said underlying trends during Q1 were as expected, notwithstanding weaker year-on-year comparables, when performance was impacted by a sustained period of hot weather.

Oil, Gas Roundup

President Energy (LON:PPC) was up in late trading after it purchased the 50% of Puesto Guardian field it did not already own, together with operatorship, for a total initial purchase price of $5m with further $1.88m cash payments over 2 years.

Mining Roundup

North River Resources' (LON:NRRP) shares were up in late trading after it was granted environmental clearance for its environmental assessment and environmental management plan for the proposed re-commissioning of its Namib lead zinc mine in Namibia.