Tokyo stocks end morning with gains

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Tokyo - Tokyo stocks edged up on Thursday morning, recovering slightly from the previous day's sharp losses but gains were capped by a strong yen while investors are looking ahead to a key US healthcare vote later in the day.

The Nikkei slumped more than 2% on Wednesday, in line with a global rout, on concerns Donald Trump's struggles to push healthcare reform through Congress could delay spending and tax-cut measures that helped fire world markets from November.

On Thursday investors tentatively returned to buy bargains but confidence was sapped by fears about Trump's policies and the Federal Reserve's indication last week that interest rates will rise slower than previously thought.

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USD/ZAR
14.18
-1.4%
GBP/ZAR
19.71
-1.4%
EUR/ZAR
17.12
-0.8%
AUD/ZAR
11.04
-0.8%
JPY/ZAR
0.13
-1.2%
Gold
1,815.32
+1.6%
Silver
27.32
+3.1%
Palladium
2,950.04
-0.9%
Platinum
1,255.50
+2.1%
Brent Crude
68.96
+0.1%
Top 40
61,706
+0.3%
All Share
67,609
+0.4%
Resource 10
69,984
-0.5%
Industrial 25
86,103
+0.5%
Financial 15
12,567
+1.7%
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