Prudential (PUK): H1 operating profit +41% to £968M ($1.5B) vs. consensus of £724M. Costs of...

|By:, SA News Editor
Prudential (PUK): H1 operating profit +41% to £968M ($1.5B) vs. consensus of £724M. Costs of failed AIA (AIG) deal cut to £377M ($591.4M) from £450M, with a second bid for AIA (or any other big takeover) completely ruled out. Increases half-year dividend by 5% to 6.61 pence/share. Shares +2%.