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The JSE struggled for direction on Thursday, tracking mixed Asian markets as investors awaited new catalysts. At the closing bell, the All Share fell 0.80%.
Tech sector losses and an unforeseen rise in weekly jobless claims weighed on the US stock market on Thursday. At market close, the Nasdaq lost 0.58%.
A clutch of disappointing earnings reports overshadowed a rally in mining stocks on Thursday. At 18h30, the pan-European STOXX 600 was down 0.86%.
The Hang Seng lost 1.58% as stocks in Hong Kong slipped after signs of policy tightening tainted the appeal of riskier assets.
Japanese markets fell on Thursday as investors questioned whether the Nikkei’s rally over the 30 000 mark reflects the real market. The index settled down at 0.19%.
Relishing a boost from heightened demand for yields amid global monetary policy easing, the rand strengthened 0.21% against the dollar at the close of business.
Bullion fell as hopes for an economic rebound raised US Treasury yields. At 18h45, the metal lost 1.07%, trading at $1 775.08 an ounce.
Oil prices fell on Thursday despite a sharp drop in US crude inventories, as market participants took profits following days of buying spurred by a cold snap in the largest US energy-producing state. At market close, Brent crude was trading at $62.93 a barrel.
Source: Reuters, Business Day, Trading Economics
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