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Rand report

Rand, stocks dip on virus fears

The rand’s losses ate into some of the gains made on Wednesday, when demand for riskier assets had rebounded.

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    Rand steadies ahead of manufacturing data

    The rand steadied against the dollar early on Thursday, as investors awaited the latest manufacturing figures for clues on the health of the economy, amid a severe power crunch that has dimmed growth outlook.

  • South African rand. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

    Rand falls on Mideast conflict, power cuts

    The rand fell against the dollar in early trade on Wednesday as risk appetite waned on news of Iranian missile strikes on bases hosting US troops in Iraq, stoking fears of a broader conflict in the Middle East.

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    Rand edges up after slump on Iran-US tensions

    The rand sank against the dollar last week as investors fretted that the killing of Iran’s most prominent military commander by the US could trigger a broader Middle East conflict, prompting them to dump riskier assets.

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    Rand firms slightly on trade deal optimism

    By 0645 GMT, the rand strengthened 0.08% to R14.0050 per dollar from its previous close of R14.0160, its recent rally slowing as investors re-assessed positions in the new year.

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    Rand firms on US-China trade deal optimism

    Investors have increased their exposure to emerging market assets recently on optimism over a preliminary trade truce between the United States and China, with the rand, in particular, benefiting as the currency’s high yield overshadowed South Africa’s economic fundamentals.

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    Rand flat, stocks subdued in thin holiday trade

    For the week, the currency was up close to 2% after benefiting from a backdrop of mildly positive global sentiment as China and the United States looked close to reaching a partial agreement on trade tariffs.

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    Rand firms, stocks pause 3-day winning streak

    The rand firmed against the dollar on Thursday, clinging to gains as a high carry yield and a decision by Fitch not to lower the country’s credit rating underpinned demand.