3 ASX stocks that crashed by more than 9% today

The S&P / ASX 200 Index (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) has climbed 0.6% for the second day in a row to close at 4,385.7, following large gains on Wall Street overnight. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1.7%, while the S&P 500 added 2%, on further hopes that US politicians will be able to navigate away from the looming fiscal cliff.

The Australian dollar was up against the US dollar, currently buying 104.1 cents.

These three stocks fell more than 9% today.

Cardno Limited (ASX: CDD) fell 19.2% and closed at $6.30 after the professional services company issued a profit warning. Profit for the first half of 2013 is expected to be flat compared to last year, as a result of increased competition, constrained rates and greater costs. Investors may also be worried that the company may now need to write down the value of its $500 million of intangibles, and possibly conduct a capital raising to shore up its balance sheet.

Energy World Corporation Ltd (ASX: EWC) lost 11.7% to end at 26.5 cents. The perennial yo-yo stock saw its shares fall after Indonesia disbanded the nation’s upstream oil and gas regulator, BPMigas. That could affect the validity of existing oil and gas contracts, which could be negative for the company’s gas and power operations in Indonesia.

Boart Longyear Limited (ASX: BLY) saw its shares fall 9.6%, following the company’s second earnings downgrade for the 2012 financial year, due to lower demand. The drilling services and equipment provider announced that it was cutting annual costs by US$70 million, and relocating its manufacturing operations from Perth to an existing facility in Poland.

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