The JSE was firmer on midday on Wednesday, with the US election spurring risk-appetite on global markets.

At 12.32am the all share was up 0.87% at 54,924 points and the top 40 was up 0.82%. Banks were up 2.13% and general retailers 2.41%.

US midterm election results have come in largely as expected, with the Democrats on track to win a majority in the House of Representatives, although Republicans have extended their Senate majority. The “blue wave” predicted by many analysts, however, has failed to materialise.

This was the outcome priced into the market, analysts said, while the prospect of gridlock could benefit emerging markets, as volatility may decrease on global markets as a result, analysts said.

“Volumes have been high, and equities remain supported, suggesting this outcome is positive for risk since the gridlock outcome ultimately will support the president’s mandate and a higher probability of more fiscal stimulus,” Oanda analyst Stephen Innes said.

The Republican control of the Senate could ensure Trump is emboldened enough to keep pressing ahead with his economic agenda and executive orders, said BK Asset Management MD Kathy Lien.

The rand has performed well this week, holding steady despite the risk in the market, which has supported banks.

In afternoon trade Brent oil had gained 1.75% to $72.95  a barrel. Gold was up 0.58% at $1,234.04 an ounce and platinum 0.77% at $876.54.