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The JSE ended lower on Thursday tracking a decline in global financial markets after Washington fuelled tensions with China by signing a new bill that supports protestors in Hong Kong. At the closing bell, the JSE All Share was down 0.84%.
US markets were closed due to a public holiday.
European markets fell on Thursday after US
president Donald Trump passed new legislation that supports anti-government
protesters in Hong Kong. At 18h30, the pan-European STOXX 600 Index lost 0.15%.
Shares in Hong Kong fell on Thursday after China reproached the US for what it views as “interference in an internal matter” after Trump approved a bill that supports anti-government protestors in Hong Kong. The Hang Seng lost 0.22%.
Tracking a decline in global markets on Thursday, Japanese shares traded lower as investors feared that the latest standoff between Washington and Beijing might derail trade talk progress. At market close, the Nikkei recorded a loss of 0.12%.
The rand was flat on Thursday afternoon following the release of Eskom’s interim results and the introduction of lifestyle audits for the power utility’s senior executives as part of its clean-up mission. At 18h15, the dollar was trading at R14.75.
Gold prices rose on Thursday as investors sought safe-haven assets after China vowed to take countermeasures, after the US “interfered in an internal matter”. An ounce of spot gold traded at $1 455.88 at 18h30.
A rise in US crude and petrol stocks prompted a decline in oil prices on Thursday, while oil traders grew weary of escalating tensions between Washington and Beijing. At 18h40, a barrel of Brent crude fell by 1.36% and traded at $63.32.
Source: Reuters, Business Day, Trading Economics
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