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South African Stocks: Anglo, Clicks, Harmony, MTN, Woolworths

The FTSE/JSE Africa All Share Index (JALSH) advanced to a record, rising 0.7 percent to 33,424.73 by the 5 p.m. close in Johannesburg.

Trading was disrupted from 10:39 a.m. until 11:50 a.m. due to problems with international links between the stock exchange and London, where systems are located.

The following were among the most active equities in the South African market today. Stock symbols follow company names.

Anglo American Plc (AGL) , the mining company that makes up about 9 percent of the benchmark, gained for a fourth day, climbing 1.4 percent to 324.99 rand. Copper advanced as the Chinese economy grew faster than predicted, spurring optimism that demand will increase in the world’s largest metals consumer.

BHP Billiton Ltd. (BIL) , the world’s biggest miner, added 0.9 percent to 261 rand.

Clicks Group Ltd. (CLS) , a retailer of toiletries, music and pharmaceuticals, declined the most in more than three years, dropping 5.3 percent to 43.66 rand. Retail sales increased 6.7 percent in the 18 weeks through Jan. 1 as selling price deflation of 0.3 percent damped sales growth across the business, the company said in a trading update.

Harmony Gold Mining Co. (HAR) , South Africa’s third- largest gold producer, rose for the first time in three days, advancing 1.5 percent to 97.80 rand. Gold climbed to a five-week high in London on increased expectations for monetary easing in China and as a weaker dollar spurred demand for an alternative asset.

Mercantile Bank Holdings Ltd. (MTL) , a South African lender, climbed to a three-year high, adding 6.1 percent to 35 cents. The company said earnings per share for the 12 months to Dec. 31 are expected to rise as much as 25 percent.

MTN Group Ltd. (MTN) , Africa’s biggest mobile-phone company, gained for a second day after saying its Sudanese unit is targeting a 50 percent increase in subscribers this year. The shares rose 1.3 percent to 134.70 rand.

O-line Holdings Ltd. (OLI) , a maker of cable ladders, anchors and mechanical supports, rallied 3.5 percent to 89 cents, its biggest gain this year. The company said it entered into talks that may have an effect on its share price.

Uranium One Inc. (UUU) , which explores for uranium in Kazakhstan, the U.S. and Australia, gained the most since October after saying yesterday that annual production rose 45 percent. The shares advanced 12 percent to 21.77 rand.

Woolworths Holdings Ltd. (WHL) (WHL SJ), a South African food and clothing retailer, reached a record high, climbing 3.2 percent to 42.78 rand. Earnings per share probably rose as much as 35 percent in the 26 weeks through Dec. 25, the company said in a trading statement.

To contact the reporter on this story: Stephen Gunnion in Johannesburg at sgunnion@bloomberg.net Robert Brand in Cape Town at rbrand9@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Gavin Serkin at gserkin@bloomberg.net

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