Johannesburg - The JSE All-share index, the broadest measure of Johannesburg stock performance, topped 40 000 for the first time in its more than 17-year history on Wednesday, propelled by the US fiscal deal that sparked a global equity rally.
The All-share surged 2.07% to finish at 40 061.75, its highest finish since the index was launched in mid-1995.
The benchmark Top-40 also booked a record close, jumping 2.4% to 35 630.85.
The top gainers include ArcelorMittal South Africa [JSE:ACL] which gained 6.94% to R38.50; Anglo American [JSE:AGL], up 6.87% to
R277.42; Uranium One [JSE:UUU], up 5.36% to R20.65; Lonmin [JSE:LON], up 5.11% to R40.9 and BHP Billiton [JSE:BIL], which gained 5.09% to R307.80.
The JSE gained 22% in 2012, its best year since 2009.
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