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  • Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

    Rand retreats as global coronavirus surge sours sentiment

    The currency had shrugged off dismal manufacturing data showing output fell 49.4% year on year in April, its worst in 12 years, as investors looked to emerging market currencies and commodities for the high yields largely absent in developed market currencies.

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    Rand edges lower ahead of manufacturing data

    The currency advanced more than 1% against the US currency on Wednesday as concerns about rising coronavirus infections globally and in the United States prompted a selloff in the dollar as investors looked for yield in higher-risk emerging market assets.

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    Rand firmer, mood cautious

    With COVID-19 cases rising sharply in the United States, as well as in developing economies such as India, Brazil and South Africa, investors were wary.

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    Rand edges firmer in cautious early trade

    The rand edged firmer in tentative early trade on Wednesday, as investors weighed a surge in coronavirus infections in key global centres and more signs of a creaking local economy.

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    Rand up as risk appetite revives

    Trading in the Asian session saw a return of risk appetite after last week’s narrow ranges, with demand growing for the rand and other emerging-market currencies.

  • South African rand.  Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

    Rand firmer as current account surplus adds to global risk boost

    The advance, which carried the currency to a session-best 16.8750, brought gains in the past two sessions to more than 2%, although the outlook remains fragile following weak local economic growth data and a resurgence in COVID-19 infections.

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    Rand firms as dollar slips, stocks retreat

    The dollar slipped on Wednesday, with the market having a modest appetite for risk-taking amid generally upbeat US data and improving European economic numbers.

  • South African rand. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

    Rand dips after GDP data, stocks up

    Statistics South Africa said that first-quarter gross domestic product contracted 2% from the previous three months, led by declines in mining and manufacturing.

  • South African rand. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

    Rand little changed amid rising virus cases

    The rand had regained ground after the budget speech, which forecast ballooning debt and a higher government deficit, as well as fading hopes globally of a quick economic recovery.

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    Rand weaker after gloomy budget

    The dire numbers were largely expected by markets, and in some aspects were more optimistic than other forecasters.

  • South African rand.  Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

    Rand inches firmer as risk demand tames budget speech jitters

    The special budget, brought forward by the treasury in response to the coronavirus outbreak and President Cyril Ramaphosa’s R500 billion ($29 billion) stimulus package, is set to show ballooning deficit and debt in Africa’s most advanced economy.

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    Rand steady after brief Sino-US trade scare

    An overnight statements from the Trump administration that the trade deal with China was still on track lifted risk appetite roiled by simmering tensions between the two superpowers that has soured in recent months.

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    Rand weaker as budget risk raises second wave COVID-19 fears

    Finance Minister Tito Mboweni is expected to paint a bleak picture in a revised budget that comes almost three months after government announced a R500 billion ($28.78 billion) stimulus package leaning heavily on new borrowing.