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‘Trump tweet sees investors rush to safety’

Apr 11 2017 18:30
Trading desk, EasyEquities

(Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP)

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Gold was the main beneficiary of heightened geopolitical risk led by US President Donald Trump’s latest twitter threats toward North Korea, with the safe-haven asset reaching its highest price for the year.

The blue-chip Top 40 closed 0.72% higher whilst the broader All Share Index firmed 0.74% led by gold miners and a resurgence in financial stocks.  The JSE Financial Index firmed 1.11%, followed by the Industrial Index by 0.66%.  The Resource index closed flat as diversified miners traded lower on a marginally firmer rand. 

Data released by Stats SA showed that South African manufacturing output dropped by 3.6% year-on-year in February, worse than the 0.4% increase recorded in January and the consensus market forecast of a marginal decline of 0.2%.  

While the data is weaker than expected, it did not have much influence on the market which had largely priced in the low growth environment that accompanies a ratings downgrade.

There was little to no reaction in the rand, instead we saw it reaching highs of R13.77 against the green back, and at the time of the JSE close it was trading at R13.86/$.

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*This report is from the Trading Desk at EasyEquities, Fin24's latest content partner on equities and market moves.

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