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Avusa, Altron, Datacentrix, Zeder: South African Equity Preview

October 04, 2011

Oct. 4 (Bloomberg) -- The following stocks may rise or fall in South Africa. Symbols are in parentheses and prices are from the last close.

The FTSE/JSE Africa All Share Index advanced for the first time in four days, rising 203.70, or 0.7 percent, to 29,877.90 by the 5 p.m. close in Johannesburg.

Avusa Ltd. (AVU SJ): The publisher of South Africa’s largest weekend broadsheet newspaper appointed Mikki Xayiya as chairman, Jacques Schindehutte as its lead independent director and Colin Cary as managing director of its Retail Solutions unit, according to a statement to the exchange. The shares fell 5.6 percent to 21 rand.

Allied Electronics Corp. (ATN SJ): The investment company with interests in communications equipment and power cables releases results for the half year to Aug. 31. Earnings per share fell as much as 24 percent from the year earlier period, the company said in a trading statement on Sept. 19. The stock declined 0.8 percent to 25.50 rand.

Datacentrix Holdings Ltd. (DCT SJ): The computer-services company releases results for the six months to Aug. 31. Earnings per share fell as much as 10 percent, the company said in a trading statement on Sept. 27. Shares in the company dropped 0.7 percent to 4.22 rand.

Exxaro Resources Ltd. (EXX SJ): The coal and iron ore miner briefs the media on the proposed deal with U.S.-based Tronox Inc. to combine their mineral sands operations in a business valued at 27.8 million rand ($3.4 million). The stock fell 3.2 percent to 165 rand.

Imperial Holdings Ltd. (IPL SJ): The National Automobile Association publishes vehicle sales for September. Shares in Imperial, owner of South Africa’s largest auto-dealer network, fell 4 percent to 101 rand.

Bidvest Group Ltd. (BVT SJ): The diversified investment group with auto dealerships declined 0.1 percent to 149.55 rand.

Combined Motor Holdings Ltd. (CMH SJ): The car retailer’s Stock was unchanged at 10.99 rand.

Pick n Pay Stores Ltd. (PIK SJ): South Africa’s second- largest retailer releases a trading update. Shares in the company advanced 1.4 percent to 37 rand.

The Don Group Ltd. (DON SJ): The hotel group said it expected a loss per share of as much as 12.14 cents for the year through June from a loss of 3.12 cents the year earlier. The shares closed unchanged at 25 cents.

Zeder Investments Ltd. (ZED SJ): The agricultural investment group said earnings per share fell 13 percent to 8.6 cents in the six months through August. The stock declined 0.8 percent to 2.40 rand.

--Editors: Stephen Kirkland

To contact the reporter on this story: Stephen Gunnion in Johannesburg at sgunnion@bloomberg.net

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


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