ZAR constant in early trade

JOHANNESBURG – The rand traded steady against the dollar on Friday, after slipping in the previous session following the central bank’s less-hawkish tone and decision to leave interest rates unchanged.

At 0635 GMT, the rand traded at R13.7300 per dollar, not far off its New York close of R13.7250 on Thursday.

South Africa’s central bank on Thursday kept its benchmark repo rate unchanged at 6.75%, as expected, saying it had noted an improved inflation outlook.

“The rand staged a mild recovery against the greenback overnight, drifting back to the comfort of R13.72, as risk assets benefited from positive US factory data that helped allay growing growth concerns, and while the US and Asian equity markets posted gains amid positive trade talks,” RMB analysts wrote in a note.

“Yet there is still very little on offer in terms of data or events to drive USD/ZAR and, by implication, benchmark bonds, lower, with US treasuries relatively unchanged. Expect the USD/ZAR R13.65-13.85 range to be sustained.”

In fixed income, the yield on the benchmark government bond due in 2026 added 2 basis points to 8.82% in early trade.

Business Africa.

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