Assurances from the EU to the UK on Brexit bolstered global sentiment on Tuesday, with the JSE pushing higher in broad-based gains. The EU has said that the UK would have a legal means of exiting its customs union should the parties fail to come to terms on a new trade deal, a major sticking point for members of UK Prime Minister Theresa May's party. Asian markets were higher, and the pound rallied overnight, with all eyes on a crucial vote in the UK Parliament later. At 10.05am the all share was up 0.41% at 55,809 points and the top 40 0.49%, Industrials were up 0.53%, gold miners 1.45% and general retailers 0.38%. Gold was up 0.12% to $1,295/oz and platinum 1.25% to $830.05. Brent crude was 0.21% higher at $66.78 a barrel. Diversified miner Glencore was up 1.88% at R57.43. Rand hedge British American Tobacco had gained 1.014% to R577.68. FirstRand was up 1.18% to R62.85, having earlier reported that that normalised earnings in the six months to end-December rose 7% to R13.3bn, tha...

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