South African Stock Index Rises to Record as Commodities Surge
South Africa’s benchmark stock index rose to a record as commodity prices surged after U.S. lawmakers passed a bill that averted spending cuts and tax increases threatening the world’s biggest economy.
The FTSE/JSE Africa All-Share Index climbed as much as 1.6 percent to 39,873.15, and traded 1.5 percent stronger at 11:20 a.m. in Johannesburg. The measure advanced 23 percent last year. Anglo American Plc (AAL), a diversified miner that makes up about 9 percent of the gauge, surged 5 percent to a two-month high. BHP Billiton Ltd. (BHP) advanced 3.5 percent.
Copper and nickel led a rally in metal prices after the House of Representatives voted in favor of the Senate’s budget legislation. Republican lawmakers abandoned efforts to add spending cuts to the bill, removing one impediment to a recovery in the U.S. economy. Gold climbed to a two-week high while platinum rose for a third day.
“Equity markets have taken a bullish tone” following the budget pact, Quinten Bertenshaw, an analyst at ETM Analytics in Johannesburg, and colleagues wrote in e-mailed comments. The deal could boost demand for commodities and equities, they said.
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