Computershare, New Hope, Orica, Atlas: Australian, N.Z. Equities

Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index declined 0.2 percent to 4,273.40 at the close of Sydney trading. New Zealand’s NZX 50 Index gained 0.3 percent to 3,342.19 in Wellington.

The following were among the most active shares in the market today. Stock symbols are in parentheses after company names.

Mining stocks: The London Metal Exchange Index of prices for six metals, including copper and aluminum, fell 0.2 percent on Nov. 4.

BHP Billiton Ltd. (BHP) , the world’s No. 1 mining company, fell 0.7 percent to A$37.70. Rio Tinto Group (RIO AU), the second-largest global miner by sales, slipped 1.7 percent to A$68.80.

Computershare (CPU AU), the world’s biggest share registrar, surged 16 percent to A$8.44 after receiving U.S. regulator clearance to buy Bank of New York Mellon Corp.’s Shareowner Services business.

Orica Ltd. (ORI) advanced 4.6 percent to A$25.41. The explosives and chemicals producer reported full-year net income of A$642.3 million, beating analyst estimates of A$621 million.

Resolute Mining Ltd. (RSG) gained 6.2 percent as gold for immediate delivery advanced as much as 1 percent to $1,770.90 an ounce, the highest level since Sept. 22.

New Hope Corp. (NHC AU) rose 0.9 percent to A$5.90. Tata, India’s largest business group, may bid to buy the coal producer, three people familiar with the plan said Nov. 5.

Fortescue Metals Group Ltd. (FMG) , Australia’s third- biggest iron ore producer, declined 3.9 percent to A$4.88. Atlas Iron Ltd. (AGO) fell 3.7 percent A$3.09 as concerns about iron ore demand from China persist.

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