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#RandReport: Rand weakens on risk aversion; stocks rise

At 1500 GMT the rand traded at 13.9675 per dollar, 0.4% weaker than its New York close of 13.9125.

Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa’s rand weakened against the dollar on Wednesday amid dwindling demand for riskier assets and fears US-China trade tension would not be resolved at an upcoming G20 summit.

At 1500 GMT the rand traded at 13.9675 per dollar, 0.4% weaker than its New York close of 13.9125. The intraday high was 13.9900.

Bonds also weakened, with the yield on the benchmark bond due in 2026 rising 5 basis points to 9.040%.

“The rand has been tightly range bound and waiting for the G20 meeting later in the week to give new impetus to the rand. This week we see the rand range bound between 13.80 to 14.10,” said Treasury One dealer Andre Botha.

In equities, the All Share index rose 1.47% to 52,111 points while the Top 40 index climbed 1.74% at 46,023 points. Banks gained 1.58%.

US President Donald Trump is prepared to raise tariffs on Chinese imports if there is no breakthrough on longstanding trade issues when he meets with Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Saturday, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Tuesday.

Global markets had climbed on reports on Tuesday when Kudlow said Trump would meet with Xi at the upcoming G20 gathering in Argentina, renewing hopes of a trade deal.

“That is the key thing. The market is watching for any indicator on either side of any possible progress, even an agreement to talks,” said Greg Davies, equities trader at Cratos Capital.

Bourse heavyweight Naspers closed 4.66% higher at R2,917 after shares in technology giant Tencent Holdings, in which it has a 31% stake, jumped to an eight-week high on plans to roll out mobile payment services in Japan.

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