JSE.  Picture: MICHAEL BRATT
Picture: MICHAEL BRATT

A STRONG surge in platinum and gold counters pushed the JSE higher on Friday with Lonmin continuing to climb, extending Thursday’s strong gain of 12%, after reporting stronger production numbers.

At 5pm, the all-share index was up 0.29% to 40,601.09 points, with the top 40 index gaining 0.32% to 36,219.07 points, with the platinum and gold sectors gaining 2.65% and 1.31% respectively.

"Our local market traded in positive territory for most of day, led by strong platinum and gold counters. Grindrod was a top gainer on the day as well, adding more than 8% to its share price, after reporting that the company expects an increase of 25%-35% in its headline earnings per share," said Shaun Murison, market analyst at IG Markets.

"Manufacturing PMI data out of China, the eurozone and the UK were all more or less in line with expectation as the UK and China figures continued to show industry expansion. Italy and Spain however continued to show contraction albeit at a slower-than-anticipated rate," he said.

"A slight miss on estimates relating to how many jobs were added to US payrolls was offset by a positive revision on the previous month’s figures while the unemployment rate ticked back to 7.9%," he said.

Leading European bourses were in positive territory in late trade, with London’s FTSE 100 gaining 0.72% by 4.48pm local time.

In the US the Dow Jones Industrial index was 0.59% firmer at 4.48pm local time.

On the JSE, Northam Platinum gained 4.42% to R38.49, Impala Platinum added 2.94% to R167.17 and Aquarius Platinum surged 7.97% to R9.75.

AngloGold Ashanti added 1.65% to close at R253.12 and Gold Fields picked up 2.16% to R106.

In the industrial sector, Barloworld was up 1.71% to R85.44 and Richemont lifted 1.24% to R75.02.

Santam shed 5.59% to R184, while Cashbuild added 3.9% to R136 after recent declines due to a weaker-than-expected trading update. Grindrod soared 8.20% to close at R17.95 after a positive trading update on Friday.