Is the JSE Top 40 Poised for a Bullish Breakout?

The JSE Top 40 Index Futures (JSE: J200) is navigating a supportive economic environment. The South African Rand (ZAR) is strengthening against the US Dollar (USD) on the back of softer-than-expected US inflation data. This reduces import costs for South African companies and improves investor sentiment towards domestic assets. Additionally, the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) is expected to hold rates steady at its upcoming meeting, maintaining a level of policy certainty for businesses. 

However, some headwinds exist. Uncertainty surrounds the upcoming national election, with potential policy shifts under a populist government raising concerns over inflation. The markets are, however, also cautious about the pace of disinflation in South Africa, with the SARB emphasizing ongoing uncertainties. 

Technical Analysis 

The 4-hour chart shows the index is currently trading at R73,045.39, hovering within an ascending channel pattern. This indicates a potential bullish bias, further supported by the price action settling comfortably above the upward-sloping 20-SMA (green line), 50-SMA (blue line), and 100-SMA (orange line). The recent crossover of the 20-SMA above the 50-SMA and 100-SMA adds technical weight to the bullish argument. 

The RSI (68.72) sits in overbought territory, suggesting a potential pullback. However, the focus remains on the upside. A break above R73,899.99 on significant volume could confirm the bullish momentum, potentially targeting R75,305.65 in the near term. 

Conversely, a decline below the initial support level of R71,306.49 with significant volume would signal a bearish shift. This could see the bears target R69,849.23 and even R68,397.15. 


The JSE Top 40 Index Futures (J200) presents a compelling bullish outlook supported by both technicals and fundamentals. The ascending channel pattern, rising SMAs, and a potential breakout above R73,899.99 suggest a bullish bias. However, caution is advised due to the overbought RSI reading.  

Sources: TradingView, Trading Economics, Reuters, Dow Jones Newswire, MT Newswire, Cabinet Office, Japan. 

Piece written by Mfanafuthi Mhlongo, Trive Financial Market Analyst 

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