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  • South African rand.  Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

    Rand flat after post Fed rally

    Locally, concerns over power utility Eskom continued to weigh on sentiment, with the cash-strapped state firm saying Friday it would implement a seventh straight day of nationwide electricity cuts.

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    Rand stutters as electricity crisis weighs

    Caution prevailed among investors as South Africa’s power utility Eskom said it would continue implementing power cuts on a rotational basis as it struggles with generating capacity shortages.

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    Rand weakens on continued rolling power cuts

    Eskom said it would continue with planned power cuts on Monday and Tuesday after it stepped up rolling blackouts on Saturday, underscoring the risks to businesses in Africa’s most industrialised economy.

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    Rand recovers as trade deal hopes rise

    The rand firmed early on Friday, reversing some of its losses from the previous session with demand for emerging market currencies boosted by new signs of a trade deal between China and the United States.

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    Rand slips as Brexit chaos weighs on risk demand

    Uncertainty over Brexit as well as caution over the prospects of a trade agreement between the United States and China has seen risk demand ebb, with investors increasingly opting for safe-haven assets like the dollar, Japanese yen and gold.

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    Rand firms in subdued start for emerging markets

    With local mining, manufacturing and business confidence data due later this week, the rand is set to take its lead from the British parliamentary vote on Tuesday on whether to go ahead with the country’s exit plan from the European Union.

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    Rand falls as dollar hovers near 2-week high

    On Tuesday, the dollar rose as unexpectedly strong data on US services industries and new home sales helped sooth some fears about the state of the world’s top economy.

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    Rand trades sideways ahead of GDP data

    Investor concerns over the state company, and overall economic growth, have seen the rand struggle to shake-off an emerging-market selloff that has abated in other regions, while elections due in May have also kept money on the sidelines.

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    Rand firms as US-China trade optimism boosts risk appetite

    US-China trade deal appears to be closer to reality, rolling back US tariffs on Chinese goods, as Beijing makes pledges on structural economic changes and eliminates retaliatory tariffs, a source briefed on negotiations said on Sunday.

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    Rand stumbles as geopolitical tensions weigh

    The rand continued to weaken early on Thursday as geopolitical tensions abroad and uncertainty over the US-China trade deal subdued demand for emerging market currencies.

  • South African rand.  Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

    Rand steady on soft dollar after Fed comments

    The rand has traded below the psychologically significant R14.00 per dollar level for the past few sessions as last Wednesday’s budget lowered market bets of a credit rating cut by Moody’s after a week of power cuts by utility Eskom had spooked investors.

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    Rand retreats on cooling trade optimism

    The rand has traded below the R14.00 per dollar psychological level for the past few sessions as last Wednesday’s budget lowered market bets of a credit rating cut by Moody’s after a week of electricity blackouts by Eskom had spooked investors.

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    Rand on the backfoot after lukewarm budget

    The rand initially swung weaker as Finance Minister Tito Mboweni revealed R69 billion ($4.92 billion) support for Eskom, but regained some ground as traders saw a smaller chance of a rating cut to 'junk' by Moody’s.

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    Rand flat with annual budget hours away

    The rand was largely flat against the dollar on Wednesday, a few hours before Finance Minister Tito Mboweni presents the annual budget laying out government plans to resolve a crisis at state-run power firm Eskom.

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    Rand weakens as Eskom crisis weighs

    The rand has tumbled more than 6% since ailing power supplier Eskom resumed nation-wide electricity blackouts last Monday over technical issues at its creaking fleet of coal-fired plants.

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    Rand steady as Eskom-linked rout pauses

    Eskom said on Friday the probability of power outages this week was low as the performance of its creaking fleet of coal-fired stations had improved.