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South African stocks resume climb as Anglo leads miners higher

South Africa’s main stock index gained 0.5% as of 9:49 a.m. in Johannesburg, heading for a fresh record close, as mining stocks benefited from optimism over U.S. stimulus spending that could spur an economic rebound and boost demand for metals.

The FTSE/JSE Africa All Share Index resumed its advance after falling Tuesday for the first day in seven, pausing a rally that saw the gauge notch up four all-time closing highs. South African stocks have rebounded almost 70% from the low plumbed last March during the global selloff spurred by the pandemic.

Anglo American Plc, the diversified mining giant, gained 0.5% and peer BHP Group Plc rose 0.3% to be among the leading contributors to the overall market strength. An index of mining stocks was 0.6% higher, snapping three days of losses.

Fuel and chemicals producer Sasol Ltd. rallied a further 3.7% to a seven-month high, with oil poised for the longest winning streak in almost two years. Sasol has surged 31% this month, making it Johannesburg’s top-performing stock of 2021 so far.

Naspers Ltd., the global tech investor that carries the biggest weighting in the benchmark index, advanced 1.4% to provide the biggest boost to the gauge as partly owned Chinese online giant Tencent Holdings Ltd. rose in Hong Kong, helping MSCI Inc.’s index of Asia-Pacific stocks head for another record high.

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Foreigners were net purchasers of 1.5 billion rand ($98 million) of South African shares Tuesday, according to figures from exchange operator JSE Ltd., bringing net inflows over the past three days to about 6.5 billion rand.

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