The JSE share market closed flat (0.05 percent) on Wednesday off the intraday all-time high‚ with gold miners leading the upside and platinums in the red.
“Gold miners were higher on the back of a higher gold price and further monetary stimulus out of Japan‚ while platinums started higher due to the end of the strike at Lonmin‚ but then drifted lower again‚” said Kevin Algeo‚ portfolio manager at Imara SP Reid.
The Bank of Japan followed in other central bank’s footsteps by easing its monetary policy further. It increased the size of its asset-purchase program to 80-trillion yen or US$1.01-trillion from 70-trillion yen previously. It also extended the programme by six months to the end of next year.
Meanwhile the Lonmin strike ended on Tuesday evening when a pay agreement was reached‚ whereby the lowest underground worker would be paid R9‚611 up from R8‚164 and a rock driller would earn R11‚078 from R9‚063 previously.
At 17.00pm local time‚ the JSE all-share index was up 0.05 percent to 36‚463.14 points‚ with gold shares rallying 2.45 percent and the platinum index dipping 0.66 percent.
European bourses were trading a tad higher with the UK FTSE 100 index last seen 0.18 percent up.
Among local stocks that showed movement were Harmony (HAR) surging 4.42 percent to R77.75 and Gold Fields (GFI) jumping 3.71 percent to R109.93.
Amongst platinums‚ Northam Platinum (NHM) shed 3.48 percent to R29.92 and Impala Platinum (IMP) lost 1.13 percent to R145.53.
Lonmin (LON) closed 1.49 percent higher at R87.80 after gaining almost 10 percent in early morning trade.