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The JSE was mostly flat as market participants digested President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address and what it meant for investors. At the closing bell, the All Share gained 0.38%.
Wall Street struggled for direction on Friday as energy stocks declined, while investors booked profits following a rally fuelled by hopes of a hefty stimulus package. At 20h00, the Nasdaq gained 0.50%.
European markets opened lower on Friday as investors awaited further developments on more US fiscal aid.
Markets were closed due to a public holiday.
Japan’s stock benchmark snapped a four-day winning streak on Friday amid profit-taking after hitting a fresh high since August 1990 in the previous session.
At the closing bell, the rand was little changed trading at R14.61/$ after Ramaphosa promised to accelerate reforms and support the poor by extending social grants.
Platinum was on track for its best week in over two months after a rebound in industrial demand boded well for the precious metal.
Oil hit its highest level in 13 months on Friday amid a decline in US stockpiles while OPEC and Saudi Arabia announced further supply cuts. At 20h15, Brent crude gained 3.02%.
Source: Reuters, Business Day, Trading Economics
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