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RMI Holdings Declines on Bank of America Cut: Johannesburg Mover

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Dec. 14 (Bloomberg) -- RMI Holdings Ltd., a South African investor in insurance companies, fell after Bank of America cut its recommendation to underperform from neutral.

The stock declined as much as 4.3 percent, the most in a month on an intra-day basis, to 21.85 rand and traded at 22.05 rand at 12:25 p.m. in Johannesburg. About 1.1 million shares, or 61 percent of the daily average over the last three months, changed hands.

“The stock has been doing very good this year,” Ryan Wibberley, a trader at Investec Asset Management, said by phone from Cape Town. “The cut has given investors cause to lock in some profits.”

RMI, which has stakes in short-term insurer OUTsurance Holdings Ltd. and medical insurer, Discovery Holdings Ltd., gained 69 percent since the start of the year, making it the third-best performer in the 50-member FTSE/JSE Africa Financials Index.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jaco Visser in Johannesburg at avisser3@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: John Viljoen at jviljoen@bloomberg.net