South African Equities Continue to Slide

The JSE Top 40 Index (JSE: J200) faces a challenging week, bracing for a second consecutive stretch of losses.  

The index’s descent is primarily attributed to the downturn in major counters, with ten of the largest 20 companies contributing to the downward trend. Notably, Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd (JSE: IMP) and Sasol Limited (JSE: SOL) have spearheaded the declines, exerting additional pressure on the overall performance.  

Compounding this, a recent uptick in the Greenback has curtailed risk appetite, further dampening the index’s outlook. As global economic dynamics and currency movements intertwine, investors keenly watch the unfolding scenario, navigating the complexities of market sentiment and stock-specific influences that underscore the JSE Top 40 Index’s trajectory. 


The JSE Top 40 Index reflects a nuanced narrative, oscillating between limited resilience and vulnerability. After a four-day decline, Thursday’s session witnessed a modest 36 basis points gain, hinting at a market striving for stability.  

A year-end rally, propelled from a robust support at 66171.76, breached the 100-day moving average, signalling an emerging uptrend. However, reaching 70720.91 introduced downward pressures, culminating in a retreat to the significant 61.80% Fibonacci Retracement Golden Ratio.  

The breach below this level suggests sustained downside pressures, potentially revisiting the 66171.76 support. Yet, an optimistic surge could pivot at 70720.91, illustrating the delicate balance between bullish and bearish sentiments shaping the JSE Top 40 Index’s price dynamics.  


In conclusion, South African equities, represented by the JSE Top 40 Index, grapple with persistent challenges, witnessing a potential second week of losses. The dominance of major counters in the downturn, coupled with external factors like the Greenback’s influence, underscores the factors shaping the index’s descent. 

Sources: Reuters, TradingView 

Piece Written By Nkosilathi Dube, Trive Financial Market Analyst 

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