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The JSE closed up 0.47% on Wednesday, boosted by the Spar Group’s unexpected rise in annual revenue; its biggest gain in 16 years.
Wall Street opened stronger on Wednesday after Boeing was cleared to resume flights and Pfizer announced it would apply for emergency US authorisation for its COVID-19 vaccine. At 18h14, the S&P 500 had gained 0.17%.
European shares ended
Wednesday in the green as positive results from Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine
boosted sentiment. The STOXX 600 ended the day 0.44% higher.
The Hang Seng ended Wednesday 0.49% higher at 26 544 points due to a stellar performance from the automaker sector and optimism around a possible COVID-19 vaccine.
The Nikkei closed 1.10% in the red on Wednesday because of a severe increase in COVID-19 infections in Tokyo.
The local currency lost some steam on Wednesday due to poor local retail sales results for September 2020. At 18h30, the rand traded at R15.46/$.
Bullion prices were down on Wednesday after Pfizer announced it would “apply for emergency US OK for vaccine” in light of its successful trial. Gold traded at $1 880.85/oz at 18h30.
Brent crude traded at $44.26 a barrel at 18h15 on Wednesday, gaining almost 2%, as investors anticipate OPEC+ to delay planned oil output increases.
Source: Reuters, Business Day, Trading Economics
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