Johannesburg - The JSE began the third quarter on a weak
note on Monday‚ with last week’s euphoria associated with the European Union
summit deal appearing to lose steam.
At 09:22 local time‚ the JSE All Share [JSE:J203] index was
down 0.42% to 33‚566.37 points‚ with resources losing 0.78%‚ gold shares
shedding 0.94% and platinum counters giving up 1.64%.
Financials slipped 0.13%‚ with banking stocks down 0.11% and
industrials 0.24% in the red.
The rand was trading at R8.17 to the US dollar‚ from R8.18
at the JSE’s close on Friday‚ while gold was quoted at $1 591.68 a troy ounce
from $1 596.53/oz at the JSE’s previous close and platinum was at $1 438/oz‚
from $1 425.70/oz previously.
“Commodity prices have come off a little bit due to China’s
disappointing manufacturing data this morning. Mining shares have pulled back
as a result‚” said Michele Santangelo‚ portfolio manager at stockbrokerage‚
European stocks started mildly higher‚ with London’s FTSE
100 index was up 0.14%.
Investors are looking ahead to a packed week of economic data
for Europe and the US that will likely help carve out direction for markets.
Data due this week include the purchasing managers index
(PMI) for the eurozone and US nonfarm payrolls data on Friday.
Asian markets etched out small gains as a rally in commodity
stocks was slightly offset by continued weakness in the Chinese manufacturing
sector‚ Dow Jones Newswires reported.
The official Chinese PMI‚ released at the weekend‚ was 50.2.
Though the figure was just above 50‚ indicating a small increase in
manufacturing activity‚ it was the worst figure since November.
The rival HSBC PMI‚ which focuses more on small and medium
companies than the official data‚ came out Monday morning and showed a
weakening in June to 48.2‚ suggesting a contraction in activity‚ from 48.4 in
Japan’s Nikkei ended the session flat.