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By Steve Goldstein

BHP Group plc kept the FTSE 100 in the green on Tuesday, after the mining giant set out a plan to consolidate its two classes of shares into a single structure.

The proposed plan would unify BHP Group into the Australian company in a one-for-one swap. That sent the London-listed shares /zigman2/quotes/203323256/delayed UK:BHP +0.41% /zigman2/quotes/202855126/composite BBL -1.62% up by 7%. U.S.-listed shares of BHP Billiton Ltd /zigman2/quotes/208108397/composite BHP -1.64% slumped 6%.

BHP also announced sweeping plans to merge its oil and gas division with Woodside Petroleum /zigman2/quotes/203437212/delayed AU:WPL -1.86% while investing billions in potash. “The market is clearly excited about the move and while investors are set to get shares in the combined venture rather than an immediate cash payout, this will give them the option of selling the shares should they choose and realizing value that way,” said Russ Mould, investment director at AJ Bell.

“BHP has a clear strategy now of focusing on future-proofed commodities which are part of the transition away from fossil fuels or in other words being part of the solution rather than part of the problem and it’s an approach which is winning favor from the market,” he added.

The FTSE 100 /zigman2/quotes/210598409/delayed UK:UKX -0.54% rose 0.2% in afternoon trade, outperforming its major rivals in Europe.

Hotel operators Whitbread /zigman2/quotes/207954631/delayed UK:WTB +0.07% and InterContinental Hotels /zigman2/quotes/202865596/delayed UK:IHG -1.34% each fell 2% on coronavirus concerns, as banks dropped on the decline in bond yields.

Plus500 /zigman2/quotes/205613240/delayed UK:PLUS -0.39% was the top gaining midcap, as the U.K.-listed Israeli trading platform operator announced a new stock buyback and said revenue would be “significantly ahead” of analyst estimates. Its first-half earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization fell 48% on a 39% drop in revenue, as it benefited from a surge in trading during lockdowns.

/zigman2/quotes/203323256/delayed
UK : U.K.: London
2,083.00 p
+8.50 +0.41%
Volume: 954,752
Dec. 2, 2021 10:50a
P/E Ratio
12.69
Dividend Yield
10.44%
Market Cap
£105.88 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/zigman2/quotes/202855126/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 54.09
-0.89 -1.62%
Volume: 2.84M
Dec. 1, 2021 4:00p
P/E Ratio
12.39
Dividend Yield
11.13%
Market Cap
$140.08 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/zigman2/quotes/208108397/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 55.27
-0.92 -1.64%
Volume: 4.07M
Dec. 1, 2021 4:00p
P/E Ratio
12.66
Dividend Yield
10.89%
Market Cap
$140.08 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/zigman2/quotes/203437212/delayed
AU : Australia: Sydney
$ 21.10
-0.40 -1.86%
Volume: 2.98M
Dec. 2, 2021 4:10p
P/E Ratio
43.23
Dividend Yield
2.67%
Market Cap
$20.74 billion
Rev. per Employee
$1.42M
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/zigman2/quotes/210598409/delayed
UK : FTSE UK
7,130.29
-38.39 -0.54%
Volume: 160,117
Dec. 2, 2021 10:51a
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/zigman2/quotes/207954631/delayed
UK : U.K.: London
2,892.00 p
+2.00 +0.07%
Volume: 124,826
Dec. 2, 2021 10:50a
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
0.00%
Market Cap
£5.65 billion
Rev. per Employee
£20,742
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/zigman2/quotes/202865596/delayed
UK : U.K.: London
4,502.00 p
-61.00 -1.34%
Volume: 205,410
Dec. 2, 2021 10:50a
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
0.00%
Market Cap
£8.12 billion
Rev. per Employee
£145,486
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/zigman2/quotes/205613240/delayed
UK : U.K.: London
1,267.50 p
-5.00 -0.39%
Volume: 24,898
Dec. 2, 2021 10:46a
P/E Ratio
5.12
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
£1.28 billion
Rev. per Employee
£1.80M
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