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South African Stocks: Anglo, Billiton, Nedbank, Standard Bank

The FTSE/JSE Africa All Share Index advanced for a second day, gaining 0.6 to 33,816.96 by the close in Johannesburg.

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

Anglo American Plc (AGL SJ), the diversified miner that makes up about 9 percent of the index, rose 1.2 percent to 287.22 rand, a second day of gains. Copper climbed as better-than-expected car sales in China and expectations of monetary easing by the largest metals user boosted the outlook for demand. BHP Billiton Ltd. (BIL SJ), the world’s biggest resources company, added 2.3 percent to 241.23 rand.

Nedbank Group Ltd. (NED SJ), the South African lender controlled by Old Mutual Plc, gained 0.9 percent to 169.15 rand. The stock was rated overweight, the equivalent of buy, in new coverage by Barclays Capital, with a 211.72 rand price estimate.

Standard Bank Group Ltd. (SBK SJ), Africa’s largest lender, retreated for a second day, slipping 0.7 percent to 111.15 rand. The shares were rated underweight, the equivalent of sell, in new coverage at Barclays Capital, with a 115.69 rand price estimate.

Vukile Property Fund Ltd. (VKE SJ), a property holding and investment company, rose the most since November, climbing 2.7 percent to 15 rand. The company will receive gross proceeds of 868.7 million rand ($110 million) after placing 59.5 million acquisition units with qualifying institutional investors at 14.60 rand each, it said after the market closed yesterday.

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