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The JSE capped gains on Tuesday as investors eyed the signing of the first phase of a trade deal between the US and China. The JSE rose 0.69%.
Wall Street reached fresh highs on Tuesday, as stronger-than-expected earnings from JPMorgan and Citigroup added to optimism about the domestic economy ahead of the imminent signing of a US-China trade deal. At 21h00 the Dow Jones was trading 0.17% in the green.
A record high for Louis Vuitton owner LVMH and a rally in homebuilder Taylor Wimpey helped to push European shares higher on Tuesday. The pan-European STOXX 600 index closed up 0.32%.
Hong Kong stocks reversed gains on Tuesday as investors pocketed gains following a strong rally underpinned by optimism towards the signing of a phase one Sino-US trade deal. The Hang Seng index closed lower 0.20%.
Japanese shares rose on Tuesday as markets resumed trading after a long weekend, with signs of goodwill between Beijing and Washington supporting risk assets. The Nikkei advanced 0.73%.
The rand was weaker on Tuesday, after earlier reaching an intra-day low of R14.49/$, its worst level so far this year. At 17h30, it had fallen 0.12% to R14.40/$.
Gold slipped on Tuesday as strength in equities markets and hopes for a smooth signing of the US-China phase one trade deal tarnished bullion's safe-haven appeal. Spot gold dipped to $1 546.23/oz at 21h00.
Oil prices slid towards $64 a barrel on Tuesday, extending four days of declines due to easing concerns about possible supply disruptions as a result of tensions in the Middle East. Brent crude however rose to $65.43 a barrel at 21h00.
Source: Reuters, Business Day, Trading Economics
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