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The JSE climbed on Monday, tracking global markets as investors waited for some direction from the US-China trade negotiations scheduled this week. The All Share rose 1.34%.
Washington confirmed on Monday that US and Chinese officials will begin high-level talks on Thursday. The US said intellectual property rights, non-tariff barriers, forced technology transfer, services and agriculture will be on the table. Shortly after the JSE closed, the Dow was down 0.12%.
European shares rose on Monday, as bids in defensive shares outweighed nervousness ahead of crucial US-China trade talks and Brexit negotiations this week. Shortly after the JSE closed, the FTSE 100 had added 0.71%, France’s CAC 40 0.61% and Germany’s DAX 0.62%.
Chinese markets were closed for a public holiday.
Japan’s Nikkei slipped on Monday, pressured by concerns that Sino-US trade talks may make little headway this week, although moderate US jobs growth in September offered some support. The benchmark Nikkei ended down 0.16%.
The rand was weaker on Monday, trading close to the R15/$ mark while investors waited for high-level talks between the US and China this week. At 19h15, a dollar traded at R15.16.
Gold prices remained range bound on Monday as investors took a wait-and-see approach ahead of US-China talks this week. An ounce of spot gold traded at $1 499.65 at 19h15.
Oil prices were up on Monday, buoyed by hopes of progress in US-China trade talks and supported by challenges to supply facing major exporters. At 19h15, a barrel of Brent crude traded at $59.03.
Source: Reuters, Business Day, Trading Economics
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