BHP, Myer, Newcrest, White, Woodside: Australian, N.Z. Equities

Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index rose 1.2 percent to 4,346.10 at the close of trading in Sydney. New Zealand’s NZX 50 Index gained 0.1 percent to 3,353.56 in Wellington.

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

Oil producers: Crude oil traded near a three-month high as U.S. stockpiles declined and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi offered to resign, spurring speculation that Europe may be moving closer to containing its debt crisis.

BHP Billiton Ltd. (BHP) , the world’s No. 1 mining company and Australia’s biggest oil producer, rose 1.5 percent to A$38.33. Woodside Petroleum Ltd. (WPL AU), the second-biggest producer of the fuel in Australia, gained 1.4 percent to A$36.70.

Gold producers: Gold futures topped $1,800 an ounce for the first time in almost six weeks on concern European leaders will be unable to contain the region’s debt crisis. Oil rose to a three-month high.

Newcrest Mining Ltd. (NCM) , Australia’s No. 1 producer of the precious metal, rose 2.3 percent to A$36.87. St. Barbara Ltd. (SBM AU), a smaller rival, climbed 1.2 percent to A$2.46.

White Energy Ltd. (WEC AU), a developer of technology to process poor-quality coal, slumped 47 percent, the most since March 2005, after its Indonesian shareholder requested a review of the company’s joint venture Tabang mine operation, in the province of East Kalimantan.

Myer Holdings Ltd. (MYR) , Australia’s biggest department-store operator, rose 6.4 percent to A$2.48. First- quarter sales fell 3.5 percent to A$691.4 million, less than an estimated 4.5 percent by Deutsche Bank AG.

Downer EDI Ltd. (DOW) , a mining services provider, rose 8.6 percent to A$3.42 after reaffirming its full-year net income guidance of about A$180 million.

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