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Drops in the share price of Naspers and Prosus dragged down the JSE on Wednesday, but hopes for a COVID-19 vaccine capped losses. The All Share closed 0.11% in the red.
Expectations for a faster economic rebound after signs of a successful COVID-19 vaccine boosted Wall Street on Wednesday with the Dow Jones trading up by 0.90% at 19h40.
Economic concerns around rising COVID-19 infections on the European continent was offset by optimism about a possible vaccine, with the FTSE 100 closing up by 1.35%.
Stricter regulations for tech giants like the Alibaba Group dragged Hong Kong shares down on Wednesday with the Hang Seng closing 0.28% in the red.
Optimism about a faster economic recovery boosted the Nikkei by 1.78% on Wednesday.
The rand was firmer before President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation last night, trading at R15.69/$ at 19h50.
A stronger greenback hurt the safe-haven appeal of gold on Wednesday, keeping the price of an ounce of spot gold below the $1 900 psychological level.
Hopes for a working COVID-19 vaccine continued to boost sentiment on Wednesday with the price of Brent crude trading up by almost 2% at $44.49 a barrel at 19h45.
Source: Reuters, Business Day, Trading Economics
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