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South African Stocks: AngloGold, BHP Billiton, Richemont, Sasol

September 30, 2011

Sept. 30 (Bloomberg) -- The FTSE/JSE Africa All Share Index declined 14.69, or less than 0.1 percent, to 29,674.20 as by the 5 p.m. close in Johannesburg, bringing its retreat this quarter to 6.9 percent.

AngloGold Ashanti Ltd. (ANG SJ), Africa’s biggest producer of the metal, gained 14.10 rand, or 4.3 percent, to 338.903 rand after the rand has its worst quarterly slump in a decade, boosting the local-currency value of gold exports.

Gold Fields Ltd. (GFI SJ), the country’s second-biggest producer, climbed 4.56 rand, or 3.8 percent, to 124.86 rand. Harmony Gold Mining Co. Ltd. (HAR SJ) advanced 4.75 rand, or 5.2 percent, to 95.35 rand.

BHP Billiton Ltd. (BIL SJ), the world’s biggest producer of raw materials, lost 2.75 rand, or 1.3 percent, to 214.25 rand after commodity prices slumped, sending the benchmark index to the lowest since December.

Anglo American Plc (AGL SJ), the second-biggest miner, dropped 7.09 rand, or 2.5 percent, to 275.01 rand

Cie. Financiere Richemont SA (CFR SJ), the second-biggest luxury-goods company, sank to the lowest close since November, dropping 2.15 rand, or 5.6 percent, to 36.05 rand after reports showed German retail sales fell more than economists’ estimates in August and U.S. consumer spending slowed.

Sasol Ltd. (SOL SJ), the biggest producer of gasoline from coal, gained 5.32 rand, or 1.6 percent, to 334.82 rand after the rand weakened, boosting the local-currency price of imported oil against which Sasol benchmarks its local prices.

--Editors: Ana Monteiro, Linda Shen

To contact the reporter on this story: Robert Brand in Cape Town at rbrand9@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Gavin Serkin at gserkin@bloomberg.net


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