March 16 (Bloomberg) -- The FTSE/JSE Africa All Share Index gained less than 0.1 percent to 34,221.62 at the close in Johannesburg. The index has climbed 0.9 percent in the past five days, its first weekly advance in three.
The following were among the most active equities in the South African market today. Stock symbols follow company names.
Anglo American Plc (AGL SJ), the miner that makes up about 9 percent of the index, gained 2 percent to 313.80, the highest closing price since March 2. Copper headed for a weekly gain on speculation demand will increase as the U.S. economy rebounds.
BHP Billiton Ltd. (BIL SJ), the world’s biggest miner, gained 1.2 percent to 244.47 rand.
Aveng Ltd. (AEG SJ), a South African construction company, declined for a second day, dropping 1.1 percent to 37.54 rand. The stock was cut to sell at Afrifocus Securities.
Avusa Ltd. (AVU SJ), publisher of South Africa’s biggest Sunday newspaper, dropped for a third day, retreating 2.9 percent to 19.51 rand, the lowest close this month. The company said headline earnings per share will decline as much as 35 percent in the year through March.
Interwaste Holdings Ltd. (IWE SJ), a waste management company, slumped the most in more than two months after saying it will report a loss per share of between 1.61 and 1.94 cents for the year through December. The stock declined 8 percent to 46 cents.
O-Line Holdings Ltd. (OLI SJ), a cable manufacturer, gained 1.6 percent to 1.28 rand after saying it will pay a special dividend of 3 cents a share.
Pioneer Food Group Ltd. (PFG SJ), a producer of cereals and fruit juice, declined the most since Aug. 8 after saying earnings per share for the six months ended March 31 will decrease as much as 55 percent. The stock slipped 4.1 percent to 58.50 rand.
Seardel Investment Corp. Ltd. (SER SJ), in investment holding company with interests in clothing and textile manufacturers, gained the most since June 2010 after saying it has settled a lawsuit with former directors. The shares surged 21 percent to 1.20 rand.
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