South African Equities: Anglo, Datatec, JSE, PPC, Trans Hex

The FTSE/JSE Africa All Share Index advanced for a second day, rising 156.04, or 0.5 percent, to 32,670.42 by the 5 p.m. close in Johannesburg.

The following were among the most active stocks in the South African market today.

Anglo American Plc (AAL) , the mining company that makes up about 9 percent of the benchmark stock index, gained for a fifth day, climbing 1.5 percent to 308.10 rand. Copper rose in New York as shrinking inventories of the metal signaled steady demand and a lingering strike at an Indonesian mine reinforced concern about supply.

BHP Billiton Ltd. (BHP) , the world’s largest mining group, added 0.9 percent to 257.22, a third day of increases.

Datatec Ltd. (DTC) , a Johannesburg-based computer services company, advanced for a third day, rising 0.7 percent to 40.73 rand. The company’s Westcon division agreed to buy Sentronics SD (Pty) Ltd., a South African distributor of information technology security and video solutions, for an undisclosed sum.

Dorbyl Ltd. (DLV) , a mechanical engineering company, closed at its lowest in almost two weeks, dropping 0.7 percent to 2.74 rand. The company said it will probably report a loss of as much as 103.9 cents a share for the six months through September.

JSE Ltd. (JSE) , the operator of Johannesburg’s stock Exchange, dropped for a second day, declining 0.9 percent to 71.40 rand. The bourse dismissed Allan Thomson as director of equity derivatives trading on Nov. 4 after an investigation into irregular share trading on his own account.

Pretoria Portland Cement Co. (PPC SJ), South Africa’s biggest cement producer, rose for the fifth day, climbing 3 percent to 25.63 rand. The company aims for Africa to account for 50 percent of turnover in the next five years, Chief Executive Officer Paul Stuiver said in a telephone interview from Johannesburg today.

Taste Holdings Ltd. (TAS) , a restaurant franchise holder, advanced 1.2 percent to 1.75 rand, paring yesterday’s 3.4 percent drop. The company said it will buy The Fish & Chip Co, which has more than 160 franchised outlets, for 65 million rand ($8 million).

Trans Hex Group Ltd. (TSX) had its biggest gain since May 31, rising 12 percent to 3.67 rand. The diamond producer said results for the six months through September may show earnings per share for continuing operations of 15.4 cents from a loss of 81.8 cents a year earlier.

Village Main Reef Ltd. (VIL SJ), a mining-investment company, added 3 percent to 1.70 rand, the highest since Sept. 16. The company plans to buy DRDGold Ltd. (DRD)’s Blyvooruitzicht unit for 150 million rand.

DRDGold retreated for the first time in three days, losing 2.1 percent to 5.50 rand.

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