The Hong Kong exchange’s flag, Chinese national flag and Hong Kong flag fly outside the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Picture: REUTERS
The Hong Kong exchange’s flag, Chinese national flag and Hong Kong flag fly outside the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Picture: REUTERS

The US and China agreeing to extend their trade talks in Beijing for an extra day cheered Chinese stocks, which in turn is good news for Naspers investors.

The top 40’s largest constituent, Naspers, tends to track its main asset, Tencent, which was 2.5% higher at HK$323.40 in Hong Kong ahead of the JSE’s opening on Wednesday morning.

“President Donald Trump is increasingly eager to strike a deal with China soon in an effort to perk up financial markets that have slumped on concerns over the trade war, according to people familiar with internal White House deliberations,” Bloomberg reported.

Asian markets were also relieved on Wednesday morning that Trump’s 9pm New York time televised address on Tuesday night turned out to be a damp squib.

A Bloomberg story titled “Trump’s prime-time bid to end border wall impasse falls flat” said: “Donald Trump summoned the nation’s attention to the Oval Office on Tuesday for a prime time pronouncement on the border wall standoff at the centre of the government shutdown. Then, he offered nothing new.

“Instead, Trump used the president’s most symbolic and powerful perch — traditionally reserved for times of war or calls for national unity — to rattle off familiar statistics, renew complaints about Democratic criticism of his plan to build a wall on the Mexican border and reprise ominous anecdotes of brutal crimes committed by people he said were in the country illegally.”

Trump’s address gave US government workers, who have not been paid for the past three weeks, little hope that the impasse in Congress will end soon.

The rand, which weakened back over R14/$ and R16/€ on Tuesday, was back to R13.94/$, R15.97/€ and R17.75/£ at 6.50am.

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