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Local bourse inches higher after a mixed session

Musa Makoni

The JSE closed marginally firmer on Thursday following a rather mixed session where the index struggled initially.

Clicks [JSE:CLS] jumped to R196.80 per share after the stock gained 5.49%, while Blue Label Telecoms [JSE:BLU] managed to recoup some of the losses the stock has taken over the past two trading sessions to close 5.55% firmer at R7.23 per share. Tiger Brands [JSE:TBS] rose to R287.50 after adding 2.68%, while Discovery Limited [JSE:DSY] climbed 3.41% to close at R173.00 per share.

Grindrod [JSE:GND was one of the day’s top gainers on the broader index after it closed 6.37% firmer at R8.68 per share. Curro Holdings [JSE:COH] climbed to R33.70 after gaining 4.98% while Lonmin [JSE:LON] closed 4.28% firmer at R7.31 per share. South32 [JSE:S32] recorded a 16% jump in underlying earnings in the full-year earnings results released today. Subsequently the stock advanced 4.05% to close at R36.73 per share.

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Woolworths [JSE:WHL] was the main talk of the day following the release of its full-year earnings results. The company reported a decline of 13.8% in adjusted profit before tax with a notable decline in income of 49.4% being recorded in the Australian subsidiary, David Jones.  The stock slipped to a session low of R48.01 before rebounding to close at R50.60 per share, down 1.84% on the day.

Massmart’s [JSE:MSM] half-year results also disappointed as the company reported a decline of 19.5% in trading profit before interest and tax, and it also declared a lower dividend compared to the corresponding period’s dividend. The stock lost 0.23% to close at R110.75 per share.

The JSE All-Share index held on to its gains eventually ending the day 0.14% firmer, while the JSE Top-40 index added 0.13%. The Resources index struggled to close 1.13% weaker. The Industrials and Financials indices added 0.56% and 0.43% respectively.

The rand pulled back against the greenback following Donald Trump’s comments on South Africa as well as a stronger US dollar. The local currency weakened to a session low of R14.44/$ before retracing to trade at R14.28/$ at 17.00 CAT.

Gold traded softer on the day and at 17.00 CAT it was down 0.5% to trade at $1189.83/Oz. Palladium was down 1% to trade at $917.14/Oz while Platinum had lost 1.85% to trade at $779.78/Oz.

Brent crude pulled back marginally following yesterday’s jump. The commodity was trading 0.08% weaker at $74.72/barrel just after the JSE close.

At 17.00 CAT Bitcoin was down 3.52% to trade at $6435.60/coin while Ethereum was trading 4.08% weaker at $272.97/coin.


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