Global equities hit highest levels in more than six months

Shares climb as investors decide that the latest exchange of tariffs between the US and China may be less damaging than initially feared

Rand set for biggest weekly gain against dollar in nine months

The storm that gripped emerging markets appears to have passed — or least abated — providing an opportunity for those looking for bargains

JSE gains as banks rally on firmer rand and global risk-on sentiment

Emerging-market currencies are firm on the view that US-China tariff war will not affect the global economy as negatively as previously thought

WATCH: Stock picks — Imperial and Standard Bank

Graeme Franck from PSG Wealth talks to Business Day TV about Imperial and Standard Bank

Gold prices rise as easing trade tension weighs on dollar

The metal is headed for its first weekly gain in about a month

Asian equities extend gains in wake of Wall Street records

Strong global growth is keeping bourses buoyed, while the dollar is benefiting from easing trade fear

Oil prices fall further after Trump’s crude remarks

The US president called on Opec to boost output to plug the gap left by his sanctions against Iran

Market data - September 20 2018

Market data including bonds, unit trusts and fuel prices

MARKET WRAP: JSE only cheered a little by unchanged interest rate

The platinum index jumps 5.86%, but the performance of most stocks is relatively muted despite a 1.5% gain in the rand against the dollar

Rand steady at firmer levels as Reserve Bank keeps rates unchanged

The Reserve Bank governor expresses concern about higher inflation but emphasises that economic growth remains subdued

JSE opens higher in anticipation of Reserve Bank keeping rates unchanged

Banks gain on the stronger rand as Naspers firms despite Moody’s warning on MultiChoice unbundling

Rand rallies to a three-week high before rates decision

Economists say August’s benign inflation figures could tip the scales in favour of a no change in monetary stance — at least for now

WATCH: Stock pick — Berskshire Hathaway

Craig Pfeiffer from Absa Stockbrokers and Portfolio Management talks to Business Day TV about Berkshire Hathaway

Asian shares rise as investors relax about China-US trade war

Their optimism is in sharp contrast to economists’ views on the likely fallout of trade tension

Gold rises further as dollar’s safe-haven appeal fades

‘For gold to break $1,210, we need to see the dollar weakening against the emerging market currencies as well as the euro’

Oil prices rise for third day as US data shows strong demand

On the supply side, an Opec source says there are no immediate plans to increase output to make up for falling supplies from Iran

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