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Australia, N.Z. Stocks: BHP, GPT, PaperlinX, Sphere, Woodside

Oct. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index rose 1 percent to 4,625.30 at the 4:10 p.m. close of trading in Sydney. New Zealand’s NZX 50 Index gained 0.5 percent to 3,228.92 at the 5 p.m. close in Wellington.

The following were among the most active shares in the market today. Stock symbols are in parentheses after company names.

Australia:

Mining shares: A measure of metals traded in London rose 1.1 percent on Oct. 1.

BHP Billiton Ltd. (BHP AU), the world’s largest mining company, advanced 1.4 percent to A$40. Rio Tinto Group (RIO AU), the world’s third-biggest miner, climbed 1.3 percent to A$78.08.

Oil companies: Crude oil for November delivery climbed 2 percent to settle at $81.58 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange on Oct. 1.

Woodside Petroleum Ltd. (WPL AU), Australia’s second-biggest oil and gas producer, gained 1.5 percent to A$44.97. Santos Ltd. (STO AU) advanced 0.9 percent to A$12.83.

Gold producers: Gold futures for December delivery gained 0.6 percent to settle at $1,317.80 at 1:46 p.m. in New York on Oct. 1, capping a 1.5 percent gain for the week.

Newcrest Mining Ltd. (NCM AU), Australia’s largest gold producer, climbed 1.8 percent to A$40.72. St. Barbara Ltd. (SBM AU) advanced 2.6 percent to 39 Australian cents.

GPT Group (GPT AU) gained 0.3 percent to A$2.91. Australia’s third-biggest property trust by market capitalization was raised to “neutral” from “underperform” at Credit Suisse Group AG.

PaperlinX Ltd. (PPX AU) advanced 2.2 percent to 46 Australian cents. Australia’s largest papermaker was raised to “neutral” from “underperform” at Credit Suisse.

Sphere Minerals Ltd. (SPH AU) rose 5.1 percent to A$2.70. Sin-Tang Development Pte may be preparing an alternative proposal for Sphere Minerals, the subject of a takeover bid by Xstrata Plc., the Australian Financial Review reported, without saying where it got the information.

New Zealand:

Fisher & Paykel Appliances Holdings Ltd. (FPA NZ) fell 1.7 percent to 57 New Zealand cents. The nation’s largest maker of refrigerators said it is offering three buildings at its Tamaki site in Auckland for sale individually. An agreement to sell the properties in a single lot lapsed in April, Brett Butterworth, vice president of planning, said in an interview.

To contact the reporter for this story: Shani Raja in Sydney at sraja4@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Darren Boey at dboey@bloomberg.net.

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