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CGF - CHALLENGER FINANCIAL - up 16 cents, or 2.5 per cent, to $6.66

The retirement-focused investment manager reported normalised net profit before tax of $548 million, within its $545 million to $565 million guidance range.

JLG - JOHNS LYNG GROUP - up 6.5 cents, or 4.2 per cent, to $1.615

The emergency building work company has acquired a controlling interest in strata and facility management business Bright & Duggan Group, which has 14 offices and 55,000 strata titles under management, for $13.8 million.

AVZ - AVZ MINERALS - up 0.1 cents, or two per cent, to 5.1 cents

AVZ says it is working to de-water the historic tin mine in the Congo that it plans to mine for lithium. The company claims the Manono project could be the world's biggest lithium resource.

CIA - CHAMPION IRON - up one cent, or 0.4 per cent, to $2.36

Champion's subsidiary Quebec Iron has shipped its ten millionth tonne of high-grade iron ore from its Bloom Lake mine in Quebec, less than 18 months after the mine reopened.

MND - MONADELPHOUS GROUP - down 23 cents, or 1.3 per cent, to $17.20

The engineering company has been awarded a $60 million three-year contract, with two three-year extension options, to provide maintenance service on Rio Tinto's rail network in the Pilbara.