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  • Picture: EWN

    Rand firms as yield hunt outweighs fiscal pressures

    The rand firmed early on Wednesday ahead of consumer inflation data, shaking off a growth downgrade by the International Monetary Fund and a bailout for power firm Eskom that could add pressure to the country’s finances.

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    Rand rallies after central bank cuts rates

    The rand edged higher against the dollar in early Friday trade and bond yields fell after the central bank cut its main lending rate by 25 basis points on Thursday in a widely expected move to counter floundering economic growth.

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    Rand, bonds rally after central bank cuts rates

    The rand rallied against the dollar on Thursday and bond yields fell after the central bank cut its main lending rate by 25 basis points in a widely expected move to counter floundering economic growth.

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    Rand softer ahead of rate decision, stocks slide

    The rand had managed to withstand the greenback’s recovery in the last two sessions and in early trade on Wednesday touched a session-best R13.9425, aided in part by a solid retail sales print boosting bets the economy would avoid a second consecutive quarterly contraction.

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    Rand steady in early trade

    The rand treaded water in early trade on Tuesday in the absence of local economic drivers as investors await the monetary policy committee meeting later this week and ex-president Jacob Zuma’s testimony at a graft inquiry.

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    Rand gains as Fed stokes risk buying

    Since breaching R14.00 on Wednesday, the rand has seen steady inflows, bringing gains at the end of the week to about 2.5%, with resistance at R13.8500 not far off.

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    Rand edges higher as traders eye Fed

    At 0640 GMT, the rand was 0.07% firmer at R14.1925 per dollar, helped by some unwinding of long dollar positions and profit-taking following last week’s rally in the greenback.

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    Rand weaker as Fed cut bets fade

    On Monday morning, the greenback measured against a basket of major currencies had climbed to its best since 19 June, snapping a rally by the rand and other emerging market currencies.

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    Rand steady as market awaits US jobs report

    Expectations of a July interest rate cut have risen following weak US economic data, helping boost emerging market currencies, and Friday’s non-farm payrolls figures for June could cement bets on an easing of policy.

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    Rand slips as bulls favour caution

    The dollar was also sluggish, slipping from two-week high as hopes faded for a quick trade deal between Washington and Beijing.

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    Rand steady as global risk appetite fades

    The rand had gained strongly in the previous month along with other emerging assets as the greenback slumped over the likelihood of lower US lending rates, but the dollar has bounced back.

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    Rand firmer as bulls wrestle bears ahead of G20

    The rand advanced for a third straight session early on Friday, as easing trade tensions between Washington and Beijing supported risk buying going into the eagerly awaited G20 summit.

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    Rand slips in profit-taking ahead of G20 summit

    The rand retreated early on Thursday, pausing after a two-day advance as investors took profits and looked ahead to the G20 summit where the United States and China are set to agree a truce in their tariff war.