The FTSE/JSE Africa All Share Index (JALSH) declined for the first time in four days, falling 1.2 percent to 33,794.08 by 12:59 p.m. in Johannesburg.
The following are among the most active equities in the market today. Stock symbols follow company names.
Anglo American Plc (AGL) , the diversified miner that makes up about 9 percent of the index, slipped 1.2 percent to 285.51 rand, its first drop in four days. Copper declined as policy-meeting minutes from the U.S. Federal Reserve damped expectations for further monetary stimulus and increasing stockpiles signaled weaker demand.
BHP Billiton Ltd. (BIL) , the world’s biggest resources company, slid 1.6 percent to 235.30 rand.
AngloGold Ashanti Ltd. (ANG) , South Africa’s largest producer of the metal, declined to the lowest in more than a month, falling 3.4 percent to 271.97 rand. Gold dropped for a second day as the Federal Reserve’s move boosted the dollar and damped demand for assets priced in the U.S. currency.
Gold Fields Ltd. (GFI) , the country’s second-biggest gold miner, retreated 3.8 percent to 101.96 rand.
Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd. (IMP) , the world’s second- largest producer of the metal, slid 1.6 percent to 150.52 rand, its first drop in three days. Platinum prices slid.
Lonmin Plc (LON) , the third-biggest platinum miner, slipped 1.9 percent to 125.24 rand.
MTN Group Ltd. (MTN) , Africa’s biggest mobile-phone company, declined 3 percent to 128.10 rand. South Africa’s opposition Democratic Alliance asked the country’s Human Rights Commission to investigate MTN for possible human rights violations by its unit in Iran, the South African Press Association reported late yesterday.
Old Mutual Plc (OML) , the U.K.’s third-largest insurer by market value, dropped 1 percent to 19.48 rand, a second day of losses. The stock was downgraded to sector perform, the equivalent of hold, from outperform, the equivalent of buy, at RBC Capital Markets.
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