The FTSE/JSE Africa All Share Index (JALSH) advanced 0.5 percent 33,860.64 by 12:37 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, rose 0.3 percent to 290.36 rand. The company sold its Scaw South Africa (Pty) Ltd. unit for 3.4 billion rand ($430 million), completing its divestment from the steelmaker.
Aspen Pharmacare Holdings Ltd. (APN) , headed for its biggest three-day gain in more than two years to reach a record, gaining 1.4 percent to 126.97 rand. The southern hemisphere’s largest drugmaker bought a range of over-the-counter brands from GlaxoSmithKline Plc, it said on April 20.
Brait SA (BAT) , South Africa’s largest private equity company jumped to the highest in 15 months, climbing 2.5 percent to 23.92 rand. Earnings per share for the 12 months through March rose as much as 340 percent to 5.50 rand, the company said in a trading statement today.
Cie. Financiere Richemont SA (CFR) , the second-biggest luxury-goods maker, gained for the first time in six days, adding 2.6 percent to 47.60 rand. Exports of Swiss watches to Hong Kong jumped 10.8 percent last month, according to data from the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry.
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