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The JSE closed weaker on Wednesday as the current selling pressure in most of the blue chip stocks persisted.
In the topsy-turvy world of South African stocks, a triumph for investors’ preferred candidate in the contest to lead the ANC could weaken the benchmark index.
Even as SA lost its foreign-currency investment grades in 2017, easy monetary policy and budding global growth is set to deliver blockbuster returns for the world’s emerging markets.
Hong Kong shares have gone into the break on a high following a record close on Wall Street as investors await the end of a Federal Reserve policy meeting.
Equities have risen Wall Street and on major European bourses, with US indices finishing at records again, as Congress made progress on the tax cut plan and amid expectations for higher interest rates.
Asian markets have swung in and out of positive territory as investors brushed off another record close on Wall Street and looked ahead of the Fed's latest policy meeting.
The JSE has closed weaker as most of the blue chip stocks on the local bourse traded under pressure.
Global benchmark Brent crude has jumped above $65 a barrel for the first time in 2 1/2 years after one of the most important pipelines in the world was shut because of a crack.
Namibia has criticised its listing on a new European Union blacklist of tax havens as unjust and biased, blaming the status on missing a deadline to comply.
Asian markets have struggled to build on their recent rally as investors cashed in while also looking ahead to key central bank meetings that could provide an idea about monetary policy in the new year.
Global stocks have been mixed, with major US indices ending at fresh records as bitcoin futures surged in their debut on a major exchange.
The rand strengthened by 1.02% to trade at R13.58 to the dollar, with five days to go before the start of the ANC elective conference.
Oil has slipped to near $57 a barrel as US drilling expanded and Opec nations Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates signaled they can phase out production cuts if the market improves.
European stocks have followed their Asian counterparts higher, after another record close in the US.
Stocks have advanced, though volumes were subdued, after US labour market figures lifted optimism on global growth, propelling Wall Street to fresh record highs. The dollar declined.
Most Asian markets have risen, tracking fresh records on Wall Street following forecast-busting US jobs data, as investors eyed the Fed's latest policy meeting later this week.
Investors waiting for more information on accounting fraud and other financial irregularities at the global retailer to come to light.
Hong Kong stocks have built on the previous day's gains as investors tracked a bounce on Wall Street with technology firms enjoying fresh buying.
The dollar is poised for its biggest weekly gain this year as the US tax reform bill made encouraging progress and ahead of employment data that’s expected to show hiring remains robust.
The world's stock markets have struggled for direction as investors paused for breath, while bitcoin spiked to a dizzying record above $16 000 on frenzied speculative buying, dealers said.

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