S. African Shares: BHP, Control Instruments, Truworths, Village

The FTSE/JSE Africa All Share Index rose 0.4 percent to 33,959.87 at the close in Johannesburg, bringing its advance this week to 0.9 percent, a third week of gains.

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 commodity producer, gained 1.9 percent to 236.06 rand. Copper advanced, heading for the first weekly gain since April, on speculation that demand will climb as central banks take steps to revive economic growth.

Anglo American Plc (AGL SJ), the diversified miner that makes up about 8 percent of the index, climbed 0.8 percent to 276.50 rand.

Control Instruments Group Ltd. (CNL SJ) rose 3.3 percent to 63 cents, its highest close in more than 10 months. The maker of electronic components said it has entered talks which may result in the sale of its Pi Shurlok (Pty) Ltd. unit as the company seeks to focus on the automotive aftermarket business.

Truworths International Holdings Ltd. (TRU SJ), South Africa’s largest clothing retailer, fell 1.6 percent to 90.05 rand, paring its gain this week to 3.1 percent. BNP Paribas Cadiz Securities analyst Shamil Ismail cut his recommendation on the stock to reduce from hold. His share price estimate for the stock was unchanged at 72 rand.

Village Main Reef Ltd. (VIL SJ) fell for the first time in eight days, sliding 1.7 percent to 1.76 rand. The gold mining company said a worker died in a blasting-related incident at its Tau Lekoa mine in Orkney, west of Johannesburg on June 13.

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