Updates from Anglo American and Balfour Beatty

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We commence with new interim numbers from Anglo American. The miner says it will report underlying earnings for Anglo American Platinum Limited of US$92 million for the six months ended 30 June 2013, taking into account certain adjustments.

The South African platinum market is a tough one for Anglo American, in need of considerable restructuring. New Australian boss Mark Cutifani - he replaces ex CEO Cynthia Carroll - says the company needs to be more willing to walk away from projects earlier.

Anglo American shares have suffered especially hard amongst miners, currently 1379p, close to its 2009 low. 14,000 jobs meanwhile look set to go from its South African platinum business.

Next, a half-yearly update from LED player Dialight. Lighting Revenue climbs more than +70% to £29.3m (H1 2012 £17.2m) while Lighting Profit climbs +180% to £4.4m (H1 2012 : £1.6m).

Underlying operating profit comes in at £5.5m (H1 2012: £8.2m) due to repositioning of its obstruction signals business.There's an interim dividend of 4.9p per ordinary share (2012: 4.0p). The interim dividend is covered 2.4 times by underlying Group profit after taxation (H1 2012: 4.2 times).

"The first half," says chief exec Roy Burton, "has seen strong performance from our Lighting segment with excellent growth. This gives us further confidence in the prospects of our ongoing strategy."

Lastly, a contract update from Balfour Beatty - an £80 million contract to design and construct a 19-storey building in central London for Urbanest, a supplier of student accommodation in the capital. The scheme is situated on Westminster Bridge Road, London.

Main construction works are due to commence this summer with completion in time for the beginning of the 2015 academic year. At construction peak, the project will employ 500 people on site, claims the company.

"The dynamic student accommodation market," says chief exec Andrew McNaughton, "is a key growth area for Balfour Beatty around the world. We look forward to bringing our knowledge and expertise of sustainable construction methods to this project, our fifth prestigious scheme for Urbanest, in the heart of the capital."

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