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Tech shares have finished the week on a strong note, lifting the Nasdaq, while leading retailers fell following another weak earnings report from a leading store chain.
Europe's main stock markets have retreated following mixed economic data, while oil prices stabilised and the tech-rich Nasdaq advanced on Wall Street.
The JSE closed firmer as gold mining stocks and Naspers propelled the local bourse higher.
Investor confidence remains low and most major indices on the JSE have lifted only slightly, except for the Resources index which was 0.15% lower by mid-morning.
Asian markets have limped into the weekend, with energy firms still struggling after a bruising few days, while investors eye Donald Trump's revised healthcare bill.
Global equities have been mixed after Federal Reserve speakers did little to alter projections for the path of interest rate, while oil fluctuated.
The rand strengthened causing rand hedge stocks to trade under pressure, which dragged the overall index lower.
US stocks have sought to rebound from two days of losses as the bear market in crude prices showed signs of spilling into the broader market even as oil stabilised.
Oil’s woes are becoming good news for gold investors. The metal has recovered from a one-month low as crude’s tumble into a bear market spurred demand for a haven.
Although the Gold index has rallied strongly after recent huge losses, the resources sector has slipped with the dust not yet settled over the controversial new Mining Charter.
The yen has strengthened and gold has risen for a second day as oil languished in a bear market. Global stocks were mixed.
Investors are throwing caution to the wind on expectations Indian stocks will continue to rally on strong domestic buying.
Energy firms have once again sank in Asian trade after another plunge in oil prices as glut fears return, though most regional markets enjoyed a recovery from the previous day's sell-off.
The JSE closed in positive territory, while the rand was caught again in volatile trade as the US dollar lost some ground.
Oil has inched higher after sliding into a bear market as a persistent global supply glut continues to offset risks ranging from tropical storms to geopolitical tensions.
US stocks have fluctuated after the biggest drop in a month as technology shares reasserted leadership to offset renewed selling in energy producers.
Oil has slid further into a bear market as rising global supply countered efforts by OPEC and its allies to drain a glut.
The pound has fallen below $1.26 for the first time in two months before beleaguered Prime Minister Theresa May lays out her legislative programme in Parliament.
China’s stocks have risen after MSCI’s decision to include the nation’s domestic equities in its benchmark indices.
Instead of betting on the dollar and better economic growth in the US, currency investors are coming to terms with the possibility that the dollar’s best days are behind it.


 
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