The following is a list of companies whose shares may have unusual price changes in South Africa. Stock symbols are in parentheses after company names and prices are from the last close.
South Africa’s FTSE/JSE Africa All Share Index gained 596.92, or 2.2 percent, to 27,446.09, the highest since May 27.
AngloGold Ashanti Ltd (ANG SJ): Africa’s largest producer of the metal was downgraded to “underperform” from “sector perform” at Barnard Jacobs Mellet by equity analyst Shane Hunter. AngloGold gained 2.77 rand, or 0.9 percent, to 326.95 rand.
Avusa Ltd. (AVU SJ): The media and entertainment company has agreed to buy Universal Print Group Ltd. and Hirt & Carter Ltd. from UHC Communications Ltd. for 925 million rand ($121 million) in stock and cash. Avusa rose 29 cents, or 1.6 percent, to 18.50 rand.
FirstRand Ltd. (FSR SJ): South Africa’s second-largest financial services group was raised to “buy” from “hold” at Citigroup Inc. The stock rose 43 cents, or 2.3 percent, to 19 rand.
Stella Vista Technologies Ltd. (SLL SJ): The maker of color-video displays and traffic signs posted a loss of 3.1 million rand in the six months through Feb. 28. Stella Vista slid 1 cent, or 17 percent, to 5 cents.
Shares or American depositary receipts of the following South African companies closed as follows:
Anglo American Plc (AAUKY US) rose 2.9 percent to $19.42. AngloGold Ashanti Ltd. (AU US) declined 0.1 percent to $42.26. BHP Billiton Plc (BBL US) climbed 1.1 percent to $55.55. DRDGold Ltd. (DROOY US) fell 2.7 percent to $4.34. Gold Fields Ltd. (GFI US) slid 0.5 percent to $13.36. Harmony Gold Mining Co. (HMY US) decreased 1.2 percent to $9.65. Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd. (IMPUY US) added 1.3 percent to $24.30. Sappi Ltd. (SPP US) fell 1.8 percent to $3.88. Sasol Ltd. (SSL US) rose 1.6 percent to $36.77.