The JSE remained in the black by noon on Wednesday, with a trader explaining that the United States Federal Reserve's rate cut was adding buoyancy to the market. "The Fed's rate decision, which saw rates decline from 3% to 2,25%, is still adding buoyancy to the JSE," he said.
An emergency move by the United States Federal Reserve to cut its discount rate has continued to weigh on markets, sending the JSE below the 30 000-level by midday on Monday. The Fed's move to cut its discount rate, its lending rate to financial institutions, to 3,25% from 3,5%,
The JSE rose modestly at noon on Tuesday as investors became more optimistic that the United States Federal Reserve would cut interest rates, which would bolster Wall Street. Investors cheered the news that Tokyo Sexwale's Mevelaphanda group plans to buy up to 30% of Johncom's to-be-formed Opco.
The JSE extended its gains by midday on Wednesday following the rally in world markets that was driven by a strong performance on Wall Street overnight. Wall Street surged on news that the United States Federal Reserve had cut interest rates by 50 basis points, creating a positive sentiment for investors for bargain-hunting.