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The JSE closed higher on Tuesday, although trade remained cautious ahead of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation address later this week. The All Share closed up by 1.53%.
Technology and consumer discretionary stocks lifted Wall Street on Tuesday fueled by earnings optimism, ahead of the highly awaited State of the Union address by President Donald Trump. The Nasdaq closed with 1.15%.
European shares closed up on Tuesday as a recovery in banks, gains in oil stocks and a solid update from BP helped offset disappointing updates from amongst others, the Apple supplier AMS. The pan-European STOXX 600 index rose 1.30%.
Mainland Chinese markets are shut for the week for the Lunar New Year holiday.
The Nikkei edged lower on Tuesday, snapping a three-day rally as the market digested a slew of corporate earnings. The Nikkei ended 0.19% lower.
The rand was slightly firmer on Tuesday ahead of Trump’s State of the Union address. One dollar cost R13.40 at 20h45.
Gold prices were lower on Tuesday, as a stronger dollar and renewed interest in riskier assets dampened demand. At 20h45 an ounce of gold traded at $1 314.
Oil prices edged up on Tuesday, buoyed by expectations of tightening global supply due to US sanctions on Venezuela and production cuts led by oil cartel Opec. At 20h45 a barrel of Brent crude traded at $62.51 a barrel.
Source: Reuters, Business Day, Trading Economics
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