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South African Equities: Anglo, Illovo, Naspers, Sasol, Tiger

The FTSE/JSE Africa All Share Index declined to its lowest close since Oct. 20, dropping 413.55, or 1.3 percent, to 30,956.19 by the close in Johannesburg.

The following were among the most active stocks in the South African market today.

Anglo American Plc (AGL SJ), the mining company that makes up more than 9 percent of the benchmark stock index, sank 2.2 percent to 292 rand. Commodity prices fell as reports showed manufacturing contracted in Europe and durable-goods orders slowed in the U.S.

BHP Billiton Ltd. (BIL SJ), the world’s largest mining group, dropped 2.6 percent to 229.81 rand.

Illovo Sugar Ltd. (ILV SJ), Africa’s biggest producer of the sweetener, declined for a third day, slipping 2.3 percent to 25 rand. A drought in South Africa may reduce output as much as 10 percent in the year to March 31, the company said in a regulatory filing.

Naspers Ltd. (NPN SJ), Africa’s largest media group, dropped 2.1 percent to 346 rand, wiping out yesterday’s advance. The stock was rated “underperform” in new coverage by Jefferies, with a 12-month price estimate of 300 rand.

Sasol Ltd. (SOL SJ), the biggest producer of gasoline from coal, rose 0.8 percent to 368 rand, a second day of gains. Earnings for the six months through December will probably increase by at least 45 percent compared with a year earlier, the company said in a regulatory filing.

Tiger Brands Ltd. (TBS SJ), South Africa’s largest food company, fell for a fourth day, sliding 1.1 percent to 222.55 rand. The company said unemployment and rising commodity prices will restrain growth next year even as it reported profit for 2011 that exceeded analysts’ estimates.

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