South African stocks pulled back from modest gains achieved in early deals to trade flat at noon on Monday, as traders struggled to find a clear-cut path. At midday, the JSE's broader all-share index was neither here nor there (+0,06%) at 32 154,700. Resources were up 0,20%, while the gold- and platinum-mining indices added 0,53% and 0,22% respectively.
After opening firmer on Friday morning, the JSE had given up its gains by midday and was trading 125 points in the red. A local trader said that after the all-share index posted an all-time high of 32 440,9 earlier, the market saw some profit-taking, particularly in the resources stocks.
The resources index kept the JSE in firmer territory by midday on Friday, enhancing the morning session's gains. At noon, the JSE's broader all-share index was up 1%, driven by the 1,75% advance in the resources index. The gold mining index recovered 0,06% but the platinum mining index gave up 0,23%.
World markets continued to weigh on the JSE on Thursday -- pushing the bourse down 0,93% by midday. At noon, the JSE's bank index fell 1,87%, financials gave up 1,61% and industrials were 1,4% lower. The platinum mining index declined 1,41%, resources shed 0,38% but the gold mining index advanced 1,69%.
The JSE recovered some of its earlier losses by midday on Wednesday, as gold and resource stocks started to lift the market despite the negative global sentiment. Higher oil prices overnight spurred inflation worries among world markets, after oil closed above $100, prompting a global sell off in equities.
The JSE changed course to turn negative by midday on Tuesday as weaker world markets and a bit of local profit -taking set in. By noon, the broader all-share index had given up 0,99%. Banks pulled back 2,39% and financials retreated 1,87%. Industrials lost 1,08% and the gold-mining index dipped 0,95%.
Gold and platinum mining stocks were sharply in the red by midday, led by news that local mines had halted production over power supply concerns. However, the JSE was still holding onto its gains, which was underpinned by the rally in Asian markets.