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Cargo Carriers, Hosken, Kumba: South African Equity Preview

The following is a list of companies whose shares may have unusual price changes in South Africa. Stock symbols are in parentheses after company names and prices are from the last close.

South Africa’s FTSE/JSE Africa All Share Index fell 136.38, or 0.5 percent, to 28,041.85 in Johannesburg yesterday.

Cargo Carriers Ltd. (CRG SJ): The South African transport company said it expects profit for the year through February to between 50 percent and 60 percent higher than a year ago. The stock was unchanged at 7.50 rand.

Hosken Consolidated Investments (HCI SJ): The investment holding company expects basic earnings per share of between 458 cents and 504 cents for the year through March, compared with 890 cents a year earlier, according to a statement. The company gained 1.29 rand, or 1.6 percent, to 81.29 rand.

Kumba Iron Ore Ltd. (KIO SJ): The company said it has been “quite severely” affected by a continuing strike by South African port and rail workers. Ferrochrome producers Xstrata Plc, Samancor Ltd. and Ruukki Group all declared force majeure over the labor action. Kumba rose 2.60 rand, or 0.8 percent, to 340.60 rand.

Platmin Ltd. (PLN SJ): The miner of the metal said it had completed raising $250 million of new equity and $135 million of convertible debentures. The stock fell 47 cents, or 5.2 percent, to 8.61 rand.

Shares or American depositary receipts of the following South African companies closed as follows:

Anglo American Plc (AAUKY US) fell 0.6 percent to $19.86. AngloGold Ashanti Ltd. (AU US) dropped 1.1 percent to $42.77. BHP Billiton Ltd. (BBL US) fell 0.2 percent to $58. DRDGold Ltd. (DROOY US) retreated 3.1 percent to $5.08. Gold Fields Ltd. (GFI US) retreated 0.9 percent to $13.75. Harmony Gold Mining Co. (HMY US) slipped 1.5 percent to $10.27. Impala Platinum Holdings (IMPUY US) fell 2.6 percent to $27.05. Sappi Ltd. (SPP US) shed 0.8 percent to $44.54. Sasol Ltd. (SSL US) fell 1.2 percent to $37.78.

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