The following were among the most active shares in the market today. Stock symbols are in parentheses after company names.
Gold producers: Gold rose to a record for the eighth time in two weeks yesterday as the dollar dropped to the lowest level since early February.
CSR Ltd. (CSR AU) lost 1.4 percent to A$1.805. Australia’s No. 2 building products maker was downgraded to “neutral” from “buy” at UBS AG.
Downer EDI Ltd. (DOW AU) gained 2.1 percent to A$4.86. The Australian engineering company hired National Australia Bank Ltd. and Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc to help it arrange A$400 million ($387 million) of loans, a person familiar with the matter said.
Lynas Corp. (LYC AU) rose 2.6 percent to A$1.36. The company, building a A$550 million rare-earths project in Australia, agreed to supply a Japanese customer, a day after Japan said a “de facto” export ban by China on the materials may harm the Japanese economy.
Nufarm Ltd. (NUF AU) fell 5.8 percent to A$3.71. Australia’s largest supplier of farm chemicals was downgraded to “sell” from “neutral” at UBS AG.
Abano Healthcare Group (ABA NZ) gained 1.5 percent to NZ$5.28. The New Zealand medical services provider said it sold a stake in National Hearing Care, and expects to return some of the proceeds to shareholders early next year.
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