The JSE edged higher on Thursday as it took a leaf from the surge in European and US equities.

The local bourse managed to maintain its gains despite a weaker showing in Asian markets following the release of a lower Chinese Caixin Services PMI number compared to the previous recording. Global investors had their primary focus on the Bank of England for the bank rate announcement in which the bank decided to keep the official bank rate unchanged at 0.10%.

US markets also shrugged off a higher than expected unemployment claims number as tech stocks led gains across the 3 main indices. Locally, there was disappointment in terms of economic data following the release of the SACCI Business Confidence index data for April which came in at 77.8, compared to a forecast of 89.2.

The rand weakened following the release of this data, but it was still trading firmer on the day. At 17.00 CAT, the rand was trading 0.38% firmer at R18.65/$.

On the JSE, Sappi [JSE:SAP] closed as one of the day’s top gainers following the release of its quarterly results. This saw the stock surge 12.28% to close at R24.14. Super Group [JSE:SPG] climbed 11.94% to close at R17.25, and Murray and Roberts [JSE:MUR] added 3.33% to close at R5.27.

Some of the listed property stocks were also buoyant on the day as gains were recorded for Resilient [JSE:RES] which added 7.4% to close at R35.69, Vukile Property Fund [JSE:VKE] gained 6.71% to close at R5.25, and Equities Property Fund [JSE:EQU] which closed at R16.80 after gaining 5%.

Coal miner Exxaro Resources [JSE:EXX] advanced 2.36% to close at R108.50, while Anglo American [JSE:AGL] added 4.86% to close at R336.68. Gains were also recorded for Woolworths [JSE:WHL] which climbed 2.18% to close at R28.60, and for Multichoice [JSE:MCG], which closed at R86.45 after gaining 1.5%.

Losses

SA Corporate Real Estate [JSE:SAC] came under significant pressure as it slipped 7.26% to close at R1.15, while Arrowhead Properties [JSE:AHB] fell 6.21% to close at R1.36. Gold miner, DRD Gold [JSE:DRD] tumbled 4.79% to close at R16.90, while Harmony Gold [JSE:HAR] fell 4.82% to close at R61.39. Sibanye-Stillwater [JSE:SSW] dropped 1.97% to end the day at R34.75, while Impala Platinum [JSE:IMP] lost a modest 0.41% to close at R105.00.

Losses were also recorded for British American Tobacco [JSE:BTI] which lost 2.55% to close at R678.00, as well as Massmart [JSE:MSM] which closed at R23.12 after falling 2.61%.The JSE Top-40 index eventually closed 0.31% softer while the JSE All-Share index shed 0.38%.

The Industrials index closed 0.1% softer while the Financials and Resources indices gained 0.83% and 0.82% respectively.

Brent crude was trading 2.66% higher at 30.51/barrel just after the JSE close.At 17.00 CAT, Gold was 0.65% firmer at $1696.53/Oz, Platinum had inched up 0.58% to trade at $758.43/Oz, and Palladium was up 1.09% at $1820.17/Oz.

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