The JSE was firmer on Wednesday, in line with Asian stocks as positive Chinese economic data and reports that Hong Kong's extradition bill may be withdrawn lifted sentiment.

Growth in China's services sector expanded and exceeded market expectations, data showed on Wednesday. The Caixan services purchasing managers' index rose to a three-month high of 52.1 points.

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