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The JSE edged lower on Friday, amid a risk-off tone in global markets, with Sasol leading the losses. The All Share fell by 1.20%.
US shares fell on Friday, as scepticism over the United States and China reaching a trade deal before a looming deadline added to concerns over slowing global growth. At 21h00 the Dow was down 0.21%.
European shares slipped on Friday, as downgrades to growth forecasts and bleak earnings numbers weighed on sentiment. At 21h00 the DAX was 1.05% in the red.
Hong Kong stocks ended weaker on Friday as the absence of any positive signs for a resolution in the US-China trade war dented sentiment. At the close of trade, the Hang Seng index was down 0.16%.
Japan’s Nikkei closed lower on Friday, as renewed worries about the US-China trade dispute plus dismal earnings from Japan Inc hurt risk appetites. At 21h00 the Nikkei was down by 2.01%.
The rand was weaker against major global currencies on Friday morning, as US-China trade war concerns continued to inject an air of gloom into the market. One dollar cost R13.61 at 21h00.
Gold was steady on Friday on worries that a prolonged China-US trade war could worsen global economic slowdown. At 21h00 an ounce of gold traded at $1 311.10.
Oil markets slipped on Friday, pulled down by worries about a global economic slowdown. At 21h00 a barrel of Brent crude traded at $62.10 a barrel.
Source: Reuters, Business Day, Trading Economics
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