April 18 (Bloomberg) -- The FTSE/JSE Africa All Share Index rose for a second day, gaining 0.8 percent to 34,050.24 by the 5 p.m. close in Johannesburg, after trading was halted for a second time due to technical problems. The exchange started trading at 10 a.m., an hour late.
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, jumped to a three-week high, rising 1.7 percent to 292.50 rand. Copper gained earlier on speculation demand will improve in China, the biggest global consumer of the metal.
BHP Billiton Ltd. (BIL SJ), the world’s biggest resources company, climbed 1.8 percent to 243.63 rand, the highest level in almost a month. Third-quarter iron ore production rose 14 percent to 37.9 million metric tons as it expanded mines and ports in Australia, the company said today.
Conduit Capital Ltd. (CND SJ), an investment holding company, rose the most in more than four months, gaining 9.6 percent to 80 cents. Earnings per share are expected to increase 95 percent to 7.8 cents for the six months through February, the company said today.
FirstRand Ltd. (FSR SJ), the country’s second-largest banking group, gained 2.2 percent to 24.12 rand, the most in seven weeks. The company said it opened its new head office in India today adding that its retail unit, First National Bank, also opened its first branch in Mumbai.
Pick n Pay Stores Ltd. (PIK SJ), a South African supermarket chain, advanced the most in almost three years, rising 4.5 percent to 44.20 rand. Headline earnings climbed 6.7 percent to 105.98 cents a share in the fiscal second half through February from a year earlier, the retailer said today.
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