South African Shares: Anglo, BHP, Implats, SABMiller, Woolworths

The FTSE/JSE Africa All Share Index advanced for a second day, climbing 1.4 percent to 34,438.76 at the close in Johannesburg. The index rose 0.9 percent last week.

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 more than 7 percent of the index, gained for a second day, adding 0.9 percent to 279 rand. Copper advanced with most commodities after gains by pro-bailout parties in a Greek election eased concern the country might leave the euro area and worsen the debt crisis that threatens demand. BHP Billiton Ltd. (BIL SJ), the world’s biggest commodity producer, added 1.9 percent to 240.49 rand.

Ellies Holdings Ltd. (ELI SJ), jumped to the highest since its 2007 listing on the Johannesburg bourse after saying earnings per share for the 12 months through April will be 68 percent to 78 percent higher than a year earlier. The stock climbed 12 percent to 4.45 rand.

Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd. (IMP SJ), the world’s second-largest producer of the metal, climbed to the highest in seven weeks, advancing 3.3 percent to 149.48 rand. Platinum for immediate delivery climbed as much as 1.4 percent to $1,505.50 an ounce.

SABMiller Plc (SAB SJ), the world’s second-biggest brewer, rose for the first time in three days, climbing 1.8 percent to 324.5 rand. The company’s Tanzanian unit posted a 37 percent increase in full-year profit as sales jumped.

Woolworths Holdings Ltd. (WHL SJ), a South African food and clothing retailer, advanced 2.1 percent to 49.92 rand, its first gain in four days. The FTSE/JSE Africa General Retailers Index rose to the highest since at least 1995 as bets increased the central bank will further cut interest rates, already at the lowest in more than 30 years, encouraging spending by households.

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