South African Stocks: Anglo, Aquarius, BHP, Optimum, Super Group

The FTSE/JSE Africa All Share Index (JALSH) declined for the third time in four days, sliding 0.2 percent to 34,152.48 by 12:11 p.m. in Johannesburg.

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

Anglo American Plc (AGL) , the diversified miner that accounts for 9 percent of the benchmark index, fell 1 percent to 344.50 rand. Copper swung between gains and losses as investors weighed tightening global stockpiles, stalled talks over a Greek bailout and possible limits on Chinese easing after inflation unexpectedly accelerated in January.

BHP Billiton Ltd. (BIL) , the world’s biggest miner, dropped 1.9 percent to 255.40 rand.

Aquarius Platinum Ltd. (AQP) , the fourth-biggest platinum miner, slid to its lowest in more than a month, dropping 3.6 percent to 19.50 rand. The company swung to a loss of $113.5 million in the six months ended December from a profit of $94.3 million a year earlier.

Optimum Coal Holdings Ltd. (OPT) , a coal producer, advanced to its highest in almost two weeks, climbing 1.4 percent to 37 rand. Production and unit cost performance at its Optimum Collieries is expected to improve in the second half of its financial year following a “disappointing” first half, the company said in a results announcement.

Super Group Ltd. (SPG) (SPG SJ), a transport company, rose for a second day, adding 1.1 percent to 11.50 rand. The company raised 300 million rand ($40 million) in loan facilities, it said in a regulatory filing late yesterday.

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