The JSE firmed on Friday morning, looking set to add about 7% for the week, once again driven by a strong performance from Naspers. The media giant added 4.16% to R2,931.70, once again tracking gains in its Hong Kong-listed associate, Tencent. Chinese stocks in general were stronger, boosted by comments by US President Donald Trump that he was confident a trade deal could be brokered. Naspers has been boosted this week by, among other things, positive earnings reports by US tech companies, and a decision by global index agency MSCI not to penalise it for its dual-share structure. Naspers has gained 15.71% so far this week. At 9.40am the all share was up 1.7% to 54,490.4 points and the top 40 1.91%. Industrials had gained 2.18% and banks 1.69%. Focus on Friday is on US jobs numbers in the afternoon, with the market expecting that US private-sector employers added 190,000 employees in October. The data release will be closely scrutinised for signs of rising wages, which would give ind...

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