STOCKS NEWS AFRICA-Fan Milk leads Ghana index higher

Mon Feb 11, 2013 11:43pm IST

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1905GMT 11Feb13 - Fan Milk leads Ghana index higher

------------------------------------------------------------------ Shares in dairy-products maker Fan Milk Limited jump nearly 14 percent on strong demand from institutional investors.

Fan Milk rises 0.58 cedis ($0.30) to 4.80 cedis on 791,400 shares traded, helping push the GSE Composite index up 5.36 points, or 0.40 percent, to 1,333.16 points.

"There is high interest in Fan Milk stocks after the impressive earnings performance and today we saw institutional investors pick up a chunk of the stocks in a block trade," one trader said.

The company last week announced a net profit for the first nine months to September of 20.577 million cedis, up 62 percent from the same period the previous year.

Other gainers for the session include Benso Oil Palm Plantation, the local unit of Wilmar International, up 0.11 cedis, or 6.4 percent, to 1.81 cedis on 5,900 shares traded.

Ghana Oil Company Limited advances 0.03 cedis, or nearly 4 percent, to 0.80 cedis on 10,400 shares traded.

Traded volumes for the session are 850,751 shares, valued at more than 3.84 million cedis.

($1=1.9110 cedis)

(Reporting by Christian Akorlie)

1326GMT 11Feb13 -ArcelorMittal S.Africa slumps, to declare force majeure

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Shares of ArcelorMittal South Africa slump more than 7 percent after the steel producer says it will declare force majeure within the next 24 hours following the shut down of its Vanderbijlpark plant due to a fire.

The unit of global steelmaker ArcelorMittal says the fire at the plant on Saturday caused extensive damage.

The shares are down 7.24 percent at 32.95 rand.

Reuters Messaging: olivia.kumwenda.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net

1015GMT 11Feb13 - S.Africa's Cipla Medpro plunges on report M&A on hold

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Shares in Cipla Medpro drop more than 6 percent on a report that its Indian suitor Cipla Ltd has shelved plans to buy a controlling stake in the South African generic drug firm.

India's Economic Times quotes YK Hamied, chairman of Cipla Ltd, as saying the $215 million deal for 51 percent stake of the nation's third-biggest generic drug maker is on hold.

"South Africa is not the only market for us to grow. Our new CEO will take a call on whether to proceed with the deal or not," the newspaper quoted Hamied as saying.

Shares in Cipla Medpro drop 6.3 percent to 8.81 rand, still above the 8.55 rand Cipla Ltd put on the table in November.

Investors had been betting on sweetened offer for months after Cipla Medpro won a big portion of a government contract to supply HIV/AIDS drugs to state hospitals days after Cipla Ltd announced its bid.

Reuters Messaging: tiisetso.motsoeneng.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net

0940GMT 11Feb13 - S.Africa's Implats falls, sees lower profit

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Shares in Impala Platinum fall more than 3 percent as the South African platinum miner says first-half profit likely plunged by as much as 79 percent.

The world's No.2 producer of the white metal, whose results were hit by a writedown of payments it owed, rising costs and lower output, is down 3.12 percent at 160 rand.

Reuters Messaging: tiisetso.motsoeneng.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net

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