The FTSE/JSE Africa All Share Index advanced for a third day, rising 0.7 percent to 34,251.43 by the close in Johannesburg.
The following are among the most active equities in the market today. Stock symbols follow company names.
AngloGold Ashanti Ltd. (ANG SJ), the world’s third-largest producer of the metal, gained the most in three months, climbing 3.7 percent to 270.25 rand. Gold jumped after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said he is prepared to do more to boost U.S. economic growth if necessary, weakening the dollar and boosting the appeal of bullion as a store of value.
Gold Fields Ltd. (GFI SJ), South Africa’s second-largest producer of the metal, added 3.4 percent to 101.39 rand.
British American Tobacco Plc (BTI SJ), Europe’s largest cigarette maker, gained 1.5 percent to 399.10 rand, its first advance in four days. The company reported first-quarter revenue growth of 6 percent, beating the 5.1 percent average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.
Excellerate Holdings Ltd. (EXL SJ), a provider of cleaning and parking services, fell to the lowest in more than three weeks, dropping 6.2 percent to 1.22 rand. The company is considering delisting from JSE Ltd., it said in a statement today.
Santova Logistics Ltd. (SNV SJ), a clearing agent for importers and exporters, climbed to the highest in more than two months, jumping 11 percent to 82 cents. Earnings per share for the year through February will be about 15.82 cents, an increase of 26 percent, the company said in a trading update today.