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Provident crash fails to derail FTSE comeback

It is rare to see a FTSE 100 company lose more than half its market value in a single session, but today we have a clear example. Provident Financial (PFG) crashed 66.4% to 589.5p after revealing a string of bad news.

Provident Financial ditches dividend

Provident Financial ditched its interim dividend after reporting its collections performance is currently running at 57% versus 90% in 2016 and sales were some £9m per week lower than the comparative weeks in 2016.

Antofagasta earnings up 87.8%

Antofagasta had a strong first half with revenues up 41.9% at $2,049m, as realised copper prices increased by 25.3% and sales volumes rose by 14.3% and EBITDA increased 87.8% to $1,079.8m.

Wood Group operational profit falls

Wood Group said operational profit fell 32.1% to $72m in the six months to 30 June 2017.

BHP Billiton posts $5.9bn profit

BHP Billiton swung into the black in the year to the end of June with an attributable profit of $5.9bn against a loss of $6.4bn last time and announced plans to sell its onshore US assets.

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