The JSE began the week on a positive note on Monday, with global markets generally higher, amid some signals of continued loose monetary policy out of the US and eurozone.Volumes on the local bourse were very low, at R8.6bn compared with the daily average of R20bn. UK markets were closed on Monday for a bank holiday.The rand was slightly weaker to the dollar on Monday, but had not given up all of its gains made over the weekend. This helped lift local retailers, banks and financial stocks.Local bonds were also better bid, with analysts citing some risk-on sentiment, due to the prospect of slightly longer-than-expected global monetary-policy stimulus.US job numbers on Friday gave no indication inflation in that country was picking up, while downbeat eurozone consumer spending numbers on Monday pointed to a slowdown in economic momentum.The oil price climbed steadily on Monday, benefiting some miners. US treasuries were steady, ahead of US inflation data later in the week, and possibl...

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