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Sector movers: Defensive issues lead losses

Tue 30 May 2017 16:58 | A A A

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(ShareCast News) - Defensive shares paced losses at the start of the week, with BT Group and Mediclinic weighing down their respective sectors.

Stock in BT dropped after the company confirmed it was mulling closing its defined-benefit pension scheme to current workers in favour of a cheaper plan.

BT's annual report, which was issued on 25 May, said the company was exploring alternatives to more cash injections to the pension fund, including giving a prior claim to the pension fund on certain BT assets.

Among health care equipment stocks it was Mediclinic which acted as the biggest drag on the back of weakness in South Africa's currency.

The rand was lower again on Tuesday following a failed bid to remove president Jacob Zuma as the head of the ruling African National Congress.

Top performing sectors so far today

Industrial Metals & Mining 2,269.32 +1.75%

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