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Rand edges lower ahead of growth numbers

The rand traded slightly weaker early on Tuesday ahead of manufacturing and economic growth figures poised to reveal if last year’s recovery has been sustained.

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JOHANNESBURG - The rand traded slightly weaker early on Tuesday ahead of manufacturing and economic growth figures poised to reveal if last year’s recovery has been sustained.

At 0640 GMT the rand was 0.14% weaker at R12.5825 per dollar, dipping in overnight trade after a rally on Monday that lifted the currency as high as R12.5200, a short-term technical level that could unlock further gains.

Monday’s run was mostly spurred by a global return of risk appetite as the political logjam in Italy was resolved with the formation of a coalition government in Rome on Friday.

That pushed the euro to a two-week best, and emerging market assets followed.

A drop in US bond yields, with sentiment there riled by another twist in the trade war with China warning the United States against tariffs, saw some money flow back into EM debt.

The yield on Pretoria’s benchmark bond due in 2026 was up 1.5 basis points at 8.585%.

Traders remain cautious, wary of a dollar bounce ahead of next week’s Federal Reserve meeting, and local gross domestic product numbers due later in the session.

The likely ranges for the rand are between R12.4500 to R12.7000.

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