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S. African stocks down on Friday

Xinhua, April 21, 2017 Adjust font size:

The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) closed weaker on Friday in low-volume trade.

The South Africa rand traded at R13.1568 to the U.S. dollar at 5:00 p.m. (CAT).

Spot gold was 0.12 percent off at 1,280.16 U.S. dollars an ounce and platinum lost 0.15 percent to 975.81 dollars an ounce.

The all-share index was off 0.58 percent at 52,194.59 points at close of trading, while the blue-chip top 40 added 0.51 percent. Resources lost 0.68 percent, platinums lost 2.1 percent and banks lost 0.09 percent. Industrials shed 0.63 percent.

BHP Billiton lost 0.97 percent to R201.8. Anglo American dropped 1.7 percent to R188.55.

Sasol was 1.17 percent higher at R397.45.

FirstRand recouped 0.1 percent at R48.3, while Nedbank lost 1.6 percent to trade at R221.1. Endit