Asia markets retreat at end of volatile week

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Hong Kong - Asian markets edged down as dealers moved cautiously on Friday following another tepid lead from Wall Street while focus shifts to the release later in the day of US jobs figures.

Markets have endured a volatile week following Donald Trump's controversial ban on travellers from seven Muslim-majority countries and claims that China and Japan were currency manipulators.

The unpredictable start to the tycoon's presidency and his protectionist rhetoric have sent shockwaves through world capitals and fanned worries of a global trade war.

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Rand - Dollar
13.72
-0.0%
Rand - Pound
19.35
-0.0%
Rand - Euro
16.62
-0.0%
Rand - Aus dollar
10.58
-0.0%
Rand - Yen
0.13
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Gold
1,877.34
0.0%
Silver
27.92
0.0%
Palladium
2,779.00
0.0%
Platinum
1,151.00
0.0%
Brent Crude
72.69
+0.2%
Top 40
61,445
+0.3%
All Share
67,724
+0.3%
Resource 10
65,776
+1.1%
Industrial 25
87,620
+0.1%
Financial 15
13,639
-0.9%
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