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Rand rallies for third day as global risk-on adds to GDP boost

The rand firmed for a third consecutive session to a new one-month high early on Thursday, with the boost from a better-than-expected growth figures earlier in the week sustained by a return of global risk demand.

Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The rand firmed for a third consecutive session to a new one-month high early on Thursday, with the boost from a better-than-expected growth figures earlier in the week sustained by a return of global risk demand.

By 0615 GMT, the rand was 0.44% firmer at R14.7400, its best since 5 September, after an overnight close of R14.8050, bringing gains in the last four months to nearly 4% as bulls piled in with the R14.6500 milestone next target.

Gross domestic product in the three months to June expanded by 3.1%, after a 3.1% contraction in the first quarter. Economists polled by Reuters had predicted an expansion of 2.4% for the quarter.

Cooling political tensions in Hong Kong and Italy and the announcement of US-China trade talks for next month sparked inflows into risky assets.

On Wednesday, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said she was withdrawing an extradition bill that had triggered months of often violent protests in the Asian financial hub.

Local bonds inched weaker in early trade but remained near 7-week lows, with the yield on the benchmark government issue due in 2026 up 0.5 basis points to 8.1%.

In equities, Impala Platinum reported a swing into an annual profit boosted by higher sales, gains in rhodium and palladium prices, and improved performance at its Rustenburg operations.

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