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Although the JSE closed slightly lower before the public holiday, it rose by 6.33% during April. At the close of trade on Tuesday, the All Share was 0.23% in the negative.
US markets saw a mixed open on Tuesday as investors digested a string of earnings reports and a drop in Alphabet shares (Google’s parent company) weighted on tech-heavy indices. At 18h30, the Dow was 0.25% down.
The UK market slumped on Tuesday on the back of weak Chinese factory production data in April and mining and export activity in the UK slowed. At the end of trade, the FTSE was 0.44% lower.
The Hang Seng took a knock on Tuesday, weighed down by energy, property and consumer shares falling ahead of the banking holiday on Wednesday. The Hang Seng closed 0.65% in the red.
Markets were closed due to a public holiday.
The rand fell somewhat on Tuesday, as investors cautiously awaited the elections on 8 May 2019. Although only a week away, experts expect volatility in the coming days. At 18h30, the rand traded at R14.33 against the dollar.
Spot gold trading remained mostly flat on Tuesday as investors awaited the US Federal Reserve Bank’s interest rate decision to be made on Wednesday evening. At 18h30, spot gold was trading at $1 283.80 an ounce.
On Tuesday, oil prices dropped somewhat due to concerns easing that the rebellion against Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, would interfere with Venezuela’s oil production and exports. At 18h30, Brent crude was trading at $72.50 per barrel.
Source: Reuters, Business Day, Trading Economics
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