Picture: JSE
Picture: JSE

The JSE concluded a generally negative week by closing lower on Friday, with a weaker rand lifting rand hedges and some miners, while banks came under pressure.

Global markets were jittery throughout the week due to ongoing concerns regarding the prospect of a global trade war, while local economic news was generally positive during the week.

Retailers and insurance stocks held up well on Friday, despite a weaker rand.

Investors were expected to be cautious going into the weekend, as political headlines out of Washington continue to rattle markets, and ahead of key risk-events next week.

The week could see the implementation of further tariffs against China, with analysts saying trade-war fears continued to keep a lid on gains in equity markets.

Extensive tariffs imposed by the US would have a significant knock-on effect on emerging-market economies, including SA, said Capital Economics analysts.

The all share fell 0.18% to 58‚101 points and the top 40 0.37%. Banks fell 0.88%‚ platinums 3.8% and gold miners 1.6%. General retailers firmed 1.92% and resources 0.67%. The all share ended the week 0.18% lower.

Glencore added 2.2% to R64.08 and BHP 0.92% to R240, Exxaro 2.5% to R109.68 and ArcelorMittal 3.03% to R2.72.

African Rainbow Minerals leapt 8.32% to R114.60, after earlier reporting a 15% increase in first-half headline earnings to R1.94bn. Impala Platinum slumped 6.34% to R24.07 and Lonmin 5.19% to R9.50.

Clicks jumped 5% to R178.50 and Spar 2.53% to R209.62. TFG rose 2.99% to R224 and Mr Price 2.94% to R282.50.

Grand Parade rocketed 8.45% to R2.31. The group said on Thursday evening that interim revenue grew 14% to R577m, but after-tax profit tumbled, in the six months to end-December.

Murray & Roberts lifted 5.67% to R10.25‚ having said earlier that it had secured new underground mining projects to the tune of R3.8bn.

Shortly after the JSE closed the Dow was up 0.42%‚ with European markets also firmer. At 5.40pm, the Dow was up 0.42%‚ while in Europe the DAX 30 had gained 0.62%‚ the FTSE 100 0.54% an the CAC 40 0.42%.

At the same time, platinum was off 0.73% to $946.9 an ounce and gold 0.34% to $1‚311.49. Brent crude was up 1.11% to $65.73.

The top-40 Alsi futures index fell 0.54% to 51‚949 points. The index ended the week 0.28% higher. The number of contracts traded was 20‚589 from Thursday’s 7‚251.

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