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Rand buoyed by US inflation miss, stocks fall to 15-month low

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South Africa’s currency firmed on Thursday, trading back at a one-week best as weak inflation numbers with the Us compounded a sharp Wall Street rout, re-igniting rand bulls prior to Moody’s rating decision.

Stocks plunged to levels last found in July 2017 amid a universal market sell-off but losses were soothed by market heavyweight Naspers.

At 1530 GMT the rand was 0.95% firmer at 14.6400 per dollar, having sprinted to your session-best 14.5225, its firmest since Oct.3, right after consumer price-growth data in america alone underwhelmed.

The CPI miss reduced bets that US inflation is accelerating, pushing the greenback with a two-week low, allowing some emerging market currencies a breather.

The rand is however seen incapable of maintaining its gains, having did not hold below technical resistance at 14.50 twice this week additionally, the Moody’s rating review due on Friday posing significant event risk.

IHS Markit senior analyst Langelihle Malimela said Moody’s is likely to hold off following the medium term budget on Oct. 26, to generally be delivered by newly-hired Finance Minister Tito Mboweni, before you take decisive action.

“Timing to the budget, its content, and specific funding arrangements for infrastructure development will likely be key indicators for policy direction, fiscal stability, and currency movements inside coming months,” Malimela said.

Bonds were weaker as U.S treasuries continued to have the bulk of fixed income action. The yield within the benchmark paper due in 2026 rose 3 basis points to 9.27%.

The All-Share index fell 1.11% to 52,229 points although blue chip Top-40 index was 1.23% weaker at 46,050 points.

“Global markets have already been hit by investors’ risk-off sentiment. Naspers may have faired worse considering Tencent was down around 7%,” said Kyle Burgess, portfolio manager at Nedbank Private Wealth.

Naspers, which owns a 31.2% stake in Hong Kong tech firm Tencent, closed 0.9% higher to two,609 rand despite its Chinese parent diving 6.8% as Asian shares plunged to 19-month lows.

“Another factor weighing on global markets may be the IMF cutting its global economic outlook the very first time in additional than 2 yrs,” Vestact analysts said in a note.

The International Monetary Fund lowered its global growth forecasts for 2018 and 2019, saying the U.S-China trade war was choosing a toll and emerging markets were affected by tighter liquidity and capital outflows.

Bullion stocks leapt 10.24% as gold prices were buoyed from the market selloff and softer dollar.?

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