JSE could get lift from Naspers on Thursday despite Fed cut
Asian markets were mixed on Thursday morning, but the JSE could get a lift from a higher Tencent, as investors digest the latest US-China trade war developments and commentary from the US Federal Reserve.
The Fed cut interest rates on Wednesday evening as expected, though analysts noted it had not repeated a previous statement that it would “act as appropriate to sustain the expansion”.
That can be viewed as a minor shift in the hawkish — or at least less dovish — direction, said AxiTrader senior market analyst Stephen Innes.
Reports on Wednesday also suggested that the finalisation of a recent partial US-China trade deal may be delayed.
Asian markets were mixed, with the Shanghai Composite flat and Japan’s Nikkei down 0.57% as of 6.20am SA time.
Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was up more than 1% and Tencent, which influences the JSE, had gained 1.52%.
Gold had added 0.11% to $1,497.62/oz and platinum 0.18% to $926.73. Brent crude was 0.46% higher at $60.80 a barrel.
The rand was 0.35% firmer at R14.9637, having slumped 2.3% on Wednesday.
Local focus is on producer inflation numbers for September, while US jobless numbers are due later.
Health firm Ascendis’s share price may react to its results to end-June released after markets closed on Wednesday. The group has taken a R4.2bn impairment hit as it battles difficult SA conditions.
Building materials company Afrimat is expected to report later that headline earnings per share rose as much as 97% in its six months to end-August.