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Rand firms on emerging markets rally

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South?Africa‘s rand strengthened against a softer dollar in early stages Wednesday as expectations that Beijing would implement stimulus to reduce economic downturn and the blow from your Sino-U.S. trade war boosted investor appetite for emerging markets.

The rand was up 0.49 at 14.82 per dollar at 06:50 GMT, having closed in Ny at 14.89.

“Hopes that China could increase economic stimulus to soften the blow of the higher US tariffs also supported some emerging market currencies. The rand predicted to trade at 14.70 to 14.95 towards the dollar on Wednesday,” NKC?African Economics said within an early note.

China will levy tariffs on about $60 billion property value US goods in retaliation for your latest round of people tariffs on Chinese products, as previously planned, but has reduced the degree of tariffs it’ll collect for the products.

Markets were awaiting the release of August consumer inflation figures at 08:00 GMT. Consensus expectations are for inflation to experience risen to.2% every year, up from 5.1% in July.

In fixed income, the yield for the benchmark government bond due in 2026 was up 2 basis points at 9.19%.

Stocks opened higher at 07:00 GMT, when using the JSE securities exchange’s Top-40 futures index up 0.33%.?

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