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South African Stocks: Anglo Platinum, AngloGold, Firestone Moved

Dec. 7 (Bloomberg) -- The FTSE/JSE Africa All Share Index advanced 41.04, or 0.1 percent, to 32,760.27 by the close in Johannesburg.

The following were among the most active stocks in the South African market today. Stock symbols follow company names.

Anglo American Platinum Corp. Ltd. (AMS SJ), the biggest miner of the metal, declined the most since Nov. 21, dropping 2.2 percent to 538.01 rand. Platinum fell for a fifth day, retreating to its lowest price in six weeks.

Royal Bafokeng Platinum Ltd. (RBP SJ) slipped 1.8 percent to 54 rand, while Lonmin Plc (LON SJ) retreated 0.7 percent to 133.55 rand.

AngloGold Ashanti Ltd. (ANG SJ), Africa’s biggest producer of the metal, advanced for the first time in four days, adding 1.1 percent to 373.62 rand. Gold rose for the first day in three after the European Central Bank was said to be planning to announce measures to bolster lending, reviving demand for the metal as a hedge against inflation.

Gold Fields Ltd. (GFI SJ), the country’s second-biggest producer, climbed 2.8 percent to 136.74 rand, and Harmony Gold Mining Co. Ltd. (HAR SJ), the third-biggest gold miner, added 2.9 percent to 114 rand.

Firestone Energy Ltd. (FSE SJ), an Australian exploration company with operations in South Africa, climbed the most since Aug. 3, surging 14 percent to 8 cents. The company said funding for Sekoko Resources Ltd., its partner in the Waterberg Coal Joint Venture, remains in place.

To contact the reporter on this story: Stephen Gunnion in Johannesburg at sgunnion@bloomberg.net Robert Brand in Cape Town at rbrand9@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Gavin Serkin at gserkin@bloomberg.net

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