The FTSE/JSE Africa All Share Index (JALSH) fell for the first time in four days, sliding 0.2 percent to 34,639.53 by 9:43 a.m. in Johannesburg. The gauge closed at a record yesterday.
The following are among the most active equities in the market today. Stock symbols follow company names.
BHP Billiton Ltd. (BHP) , the world’s biggest commodity producer, retreated for the first time in four days, dropping 0.8 percent to 241 rand. Copper declined on speculation that stockpiles in Shanghai may snap 10 weeks of losses and as inventories in London Metal Exchange warehouses advanced to the highest level in almost two months.
Capitec Bank Holdings Ltd. (CPI) , a South African lender, slid 0.7 percent to 219.63 rand. Chief Executive Officer Riaan Stassen sold shares worth 10.9 million rand ($1.3 million) at an average 217.07 rand, the company said after the market closed yesterday.
Gold Fields Ltd. (GFI) , South Africa’s second-biggest producer, dropped 0.9 percent to 112.40 rand, its first fall in four days. Gold declined for a second day, slipping as much as 0.2 percent to $1,615.75 an ounce.
Harmony Gold Mining Co. (HAR) , the country’s third- largest producer, fell 0.9 percent to 86.18 rand.
Wescoal Holdings Ltd. (WSL) , a coal miner, advanced to the highest in two months, jumping 7.4 percent to 73 cents. Earnings per share from continuing operations were 11.2 cents for the year through March, compared with an 11.3 cent loss a year earlier, the company said in a statement today.
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