The JSE was weaker on Thursday, alongside its global counterparts, as caution about the long-term effects of the coronavirus and US-China trade war weigh on investor sentiment.

US President Donald Trump escalated his rhetoric against China in a series of tweets on Wednesday night, suggesting that the country’s leader, President Xi Jinping, was behind a “disinformation and propaganda attack on the US and Europe”. 

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as exclusive Financial Times articles, ProfileData financial data, and digital access to the Sunday Times and Times Select.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.

Questions or problems? Email or call 0860 52 52 00. Got a subscription voucher? Redeem it now