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The Johannesburg Stock Exchange says the start of the opening auction for equity trading will be delayed due to a technical glitch.
Mining firms helped lift the bourse, after mining union members and executives from the world's top platinum producers resumed talks end a crippling strike.
Asian markets have been mixed following another Wall Street rally while a provisional report showed an uptick in Chinese manufacturing activity for the month.
Solid earnings and major pharmaceutical-sector deals have lifted stocks, producing a sixth straight day of gains for the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite Index.
Oil prices have inched higher in Asian trade on hopes that a key US stockpiles report would beat bearish forecasts, easing concerns about tepid demand.
Fast-food chain McDonald's says its first-quarter profit has dropped amid declining sales in its key US home market, and vows to boost global sales.
Oil prices have fallen, though losses were limited by lingering concerns about the impact of the Ukraine-Russia crisis on Western crude supplies, analysts say.
A Stutterheim manufacturer has signed a deal with a retail giant, says the Eastern Cape department of economic development, environmental affairs and tourism.