South Africa’s main stock index erases gains of as much as 0.4% to fall 0.5% by 9:40am in Johannesburg, as weakness in banks and MTN Group counter a rise in heavyweight BHP and a soaring Shoprite.
The losses come amid a resurgence in Covid-19 cases in parts of the US and Europe, raising concern that the economic rebound is stalling. Risk appetite has also taken a hit amid the ratcheting up of US-China tensions, with the Trump administration expected to unveil new measures shortly against Chinese-owned software deemed to pose national-security risks.
- Weaker rand pulls index for bank stocks down 3.2% to the lowest intraday level in more than three weeks
- FirstRand -3.5%, Standard Bank -2.8%, Absa -3%, Capitec Bank +3.1%, Nedbank -3.2%, Investec -2.5%
- MTN falls for the third day, down 2.3%.
- Rand-hedge Richemont shakes off weaker rand, falls 1%
- Shoprite +7.8%, biggest intraday jump in two months, as the company publishes its trading statement
- Naspers, with a 20% weighting on the index, rises 0.6%, as partly owned Tech giant Tencent advances in Hong Kong
- Naspers subsidiary, Prosus, which holds the company’s 31% stake in Tencent, rises 1.2%
- Diversified miners join gold and platinum producers to lift the gauge for mining stocks for the second day, up 0.9%
- BHP +1.6%, Anglo American +0.6%, Gold Fields +0.8%, Harmony Gold Mining +2.2%, Sibanye Stillwater +0.5%, Northam Platinum +1%, African Rainbow Minerals +0.9%, Royal Bafokeng Platinum +1.1%, DRDGold +0.45
- Foreigners were net sellers of South African stocks for the second day Friday, disposing of R3.1bn worth of shares, according to bourse operator JSE. This is the largest outflow since June 10.