The FTSE/JSE Africa All Share Index advanced for the first time in four days, rising 0.8 percent to 34,082.78 by the close in Johannesburg. The index gained 0.6 percent this week.
The following were among the most active equities in the South African market today. Stock symbols follow company names.
Anglo American Plc (AGL SJ), a diversified miner that makes up about 9 percent of the index, jumped 1.9 percent to 326.50 rand, its first gain in four days. The company said profit rose 23 percent last year as iron-ore and copper output increased.
Anglo American Platinum Corp. (AMS SJ), the biggest producer of the metal, added 1.1 percent to 559 rand. The company took legal steps to protect its shareholders as the government awarded a mining right at its Modikwa venture with African Rainbow Minerals Ltd. to Nkwe Platinum Ltd., it said in a statement late yesterday.
Basil Read Holdings Ltd. (BSR SJ), a construction company, closed at its highest in almost four months, adding 6 percent to 15 rand. The company was awarded a 1.2 billion ($155 million) rand contract by South Africa’s Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority, taking the value of its order book to 14 billion rand, the company said in a statement late yesterday.
Brait SA (BAT SJ), South Africa’s largest private equity company climbed the most in seven months, rising 3.4 percent to 21.45 rand, after it said it is in talks that may affect its shares. The company may make a further acquisition or increase its stake in an existing investment, Jean Pierre Verster, an analyst with 36ONE Asset Management Pty Ltd. in Johannesburg, said by phone.
Harmony Gold Mining Co. (HAR SJ), South Africa’s third-biggest producer, jumped the most in more than a week, gaining 2.8 percent to 99.82 rand. Production at its Doornkop mine will restart during the last week of February following an infrastructure upgrade that will accelerate long-term production, the company said in a regulatory filing today.