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By Janice Kew and Vernon Wessels

July 9 (Bloomberg) — The following is a list of companies whose shares may have unusual price changes in South Africa. Stock symbols are in parentheses after company names and prices are from the last close.

South Africa’s FTSE/JSE Africa All Share Index fell to the lowest since Jan. 31, losing 562.32, or 2 percent, to 27,611.63.

Esor Ltd. (ESR SJ): The provider of engineering services to builders said it’s in talks that may affect its shares. Esor slid 5 cents, or 1 percent, to 5 rand.

Illovo Sugar Ltd. (ILV SJ): JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised its recommendation on Africa’s biggest sugar producer to “neutral” from “underweight.” Illovo dropped 1.44 rand, or 5.8 percent, to 23.40 rand.

Metair Investments Ltd. (MTA SJ): The maker of car parts said first-half earnings per share excluding one-time items probably dropped as much as 40 percent. Metair was unchanged at 10 rand.

MTN Group Ltd. (MTN SJ): Africa’s biggest mobile-phone company agreed to extend merger talks with India’s Reliance Communications Ltd. after failing to reach an agreement before yesterday’s deadline. The two companies will continue exclusive negotiations until July 21, MTN said in a statement today. MTN fell 78 cents, or 0.6 percent, to 128.22 rand.

Standard Bank Group Ltd. (SBK SJ): U.S. financial shares had their best gain in more than three months after JPMorgan’s Jamie Dimon said buyers are returning to some types of mortgage products. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac rebounded from their lowest levels in more than 13 years after a regulator said the mortgage- finance companies shouldn’t have to raise more capital. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index jumped 1.7 percent, to 1,273.7.

Standard Bank, Africa’s biggest bank, fell 90 cents, or 1.2 percent, to 76.30. Absa Group Ltd. (ASA SJ), controlled by Barclays Plc, added 55 cents, or 0.6 percent, to 86.55 rand. FirstRand Ltd. (FSR SJ), the second-largest bank by market value, advanced 12 cents, or 0.9 percent, to 13.60 rand.

Zambia Copper Investments Ltd. (ZCI SJ): The owner of Africa’s biggest copper mine said annual earnings per share fell as much as 70 percent. Zambia Copper fell 1 cent to 10.99 rand.

Shares or American depositary receipts of the following South African companies closed as follows:

Anglo American Plc (AAUK US) fell 2.7 percent to $29.58. AngloGold Ashanti Ltd. (AU US) dropped 0.7 percent to $32.37. BHP Billiton Ltd. (BBL US) slipped 0.7 percent to $67.50. DRDGold Ltd. (DROOY US) dropped 2.5 percent to $6.34. Gold Fields Ltd. (GFI US) declined 0.6 percent, to $11.88. Harmony Gold Mining Co. (HMY US) slid 1.1 percent to $11.35. Impala Platinum Holdings Co. (IMPUY US) rose 1.2 percent to $33. Sappi Ltd. (SPP US) slipped 0.2 percent to $11.54. Sasol Ltd. (SSL US) decreased 1.3 percent to $54.60. Telkom South Africa Ltd. (TKG US) added 0.7 percent to $67.73.

To contact the reporters on this story: Janice Kew in Johannesburg at jkew1@bloomberg.netVernon Wessels in Johannesburg at vwessels@bloomberg.net

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