The JSE dipped at the opening session on Monday‚ taking its cue from the leading Asian stock markets‚ after the downbeat US jobs report.
At 09:26 local time‚ the JSE all-share index was down 0.48% at 34‚062.50 points‚ with resources losing 0.83%‚ gold shares shed 1.53% and platinum counters were off 0.79%.
Financials edged up 0.15%‚ banking stocks gained 0.32% and industrials slid 0.46%.
The rand was trading at 8.24 to the US dollar‚ from 8.25 at the JSE’s close on Friday‚ while gold changed hands at US$1‚583.56 a troy ounce from US$1‚588.24/oz at the JSE’s previous close and platinum was quoted at $1‚446.50/oz‚ from $1‚455.50/oz previously.
“The aftermath of the disappointing US jobs data is still very evident‚ with commodities under pressure‚” said Devin Shutte‚ a trader at stockbrokerage‚ Newstrading. “Market players will later this week watch with interest the China’s second-quarter gross domestic product after today’s better than expected inflation data‚ which essentially leaves the door open for stimulus measures.”
European stocks opened a little higher‚ with London’s FTSE 100 index up 0.10%.
Investors remain concerned about the prospects for global growth‚ with data releases from the US and China adding to worries‚ Dow Newswires reported.
Figures released earlier on Monday showed the Chinese inflation rate slowed to 2.2% in June compared with a year ago.
Meanwhile‚ Friday’s US nonfarm payrolls report showed a gain of 80‚000‚ compared with expectations for a 100‚000 rise - disappointing‚ but not weak enough to prompt the Federal Reserve into a new round of quantitative easing.
In Asia‚ Japan’s Nikkei average ended the session 1.37% in the red‚ while the Hang Seng index was down 1.47% by 09:26 SA time. - I-Net Bridge