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South African Stocks: Business Connexion, SABMiller, BHP

April 19 (Bloomberg) -- The FTSE/JSE Africa All Share Index rose for a third day, gaining 0.2 percent to 34,106.92 by the close in Johannesburg.

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

BHP Billiton Ltd. (BIL SJ), the world’s biggest resources company, climbed for a second day, jumping 1.1 percent to 246.34 rand. Standard & Poor’s GSCI index of commodities rose as much as 0.9 percent.

Business Connexion Group (BCX SJ), an information and communications technology company, advanced the most in more than two weeks, increasing 1.1 percent to 4.65 rand. Fiscal full-year earnings per share will grow by more than 20 percent, the company said today.

First Uranium Corp. (FUM SJ), a producer of uranium and gold, declined to the lowest on record, dropping 38 percent to 65 cents. The company sold 15 percent less gold in the three months through March than the previous quarter, while uranium production plummeted due to a restructuring of its Ezulwini mine, it said today.

Phumelela Gaming & Leisure Ltd. (PHM SJ) rose to the highest in a month, jumping 3.2 percent to 10.85 rand. The organizer of horse races and betting said earnings per share rose 11 percent in the six months through January.

SABMiller Ltd. (SAB SJ), the world’s second-largest brewer, rallied to a record, adding 1 percent to 329.17 rand. Beer sales in Africa and Latin America offset a drop in Chinese consumption caused by wet weather, the company said in a trading update today.

To contact the reporters on this story: Stephen Gunnion in Johannesburg at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Gavin Serkin at

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