South African Stocks: AngloGold, BHP, Clover, Impala, Shoprite
The FTSE/JSE Africa All Share Index fell 138 points, or 0.4 percent, to 32,610.90 by the 5 p.m. close in Johannesburg, paring its gain this week to 4.8 percent, its biggest five-day advance since July 2009.
The following were among the most active stocks in the South African market today. Stock symbols follow company names.
AngloGold Ashanti Ltd. (ANG) , Africa’s biggest gold producer, declined for the first time in four days, sliding 1.2 percent to 385.36 rand. Drilling and blasting at its Kopanang mine in South Africa remain suspended after a fatal accident on Nov. 30, the company said in an e-mail comment.
BHP Billiton Ltd. (BIL) , the world’s largest mining group, added 1 percent to 251.99 rand, a third day of gains. Copper rose in New York, heading for a first weekly advance in five, after a report showed hiring strengthened last month in the U.S., the world’s second-biggest consumer of the metal.
Clover Industries Ltd. (CLR) , South Africa’s biggest dairy company, declined to its lowest in more than a month, slipping 1 percent to 11 rand. The company will increase average prices paid to milk producers by 6.5 percent in January and a further 6.9 percent in February, which will be recovered by charging higher prices to consumers, the company said in a regulatory filing.
Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd. (IMP) , the world’s second- biggest platinum mining company, rallied 1.1 percent to 169.33 rand, boosting its weekly increase to 4.7 percent. Larger rival Anglo American Platinum Ltd. (AMS) advanced 1.1 percent to 546 rand. Palladium, part of the platinum group metals, is poised for a 14 percent advance this week, the most since October 2008, on concern that stockpiles are dwindling in Russia.
Shoprite Holdings Ltd. (SHP) , South Africa’s largest retailer by market value, declined for the first time in three days, dropping 2.4 percent to 134.71 rand. Credit Suisse Group AG cut the stock to “underperform” from “neutral.”
Spur Corp Ltd. (SUR) , a restaurant franchise, fell the most in more than six weeks, retreating 5.5 percent to 14.65 rand. The company will not respond in the media to complaints made against it to the Financial Services Board by the managing director of one of its subsidiaries, it said in a voluntary regulatory filing.
Super Group Ltd. (SPG SJ), the transport company, jumped 15 percent, its biggest gain in more than two years, to 1.05 rand after saying first-half earnings per share surged almost 70 percent.
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