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Rand weaker against dollar

Jul 31 2014 17:56

The rand has fallen by over half a percent against the dollar, failing to gain momentum from a surprise narrowing of the trade deficit.

International Markets

US stocks slump; Dow, S&P may turn negative

Jul 31 2014 16:20

US stock index futures have pointed to a sharply lower Wall Street open, with the Dow and S&P 500 likely to turn negative for the month.

International Markets

European shares hit two-week low

Jul 31 2014 15:08

Europe's FTSEurofirst 300 index of top shares has slipped to a two-week low, led lower by Adidas after the group warned about business in Russia.


Uncertainty returns to the JSE

Jul 31 2014 13:49

Uncertainty has returned to the JSE on fears that the scenario of low interest rates might soon be a thing of the past.

International Markets

Asian stocks mixed, US growth weighs

Jul 31 2014 13:00

Asian markets have been mixed after US data showing the world's top economy grew much more than expected in the second quarter.


Rand on the back foot ahead of trade data

Jul 31 2014 09:39

The rand has traded softer against the dollar and could weaken further if the latest trade data shows a wider-than-expected deficit for June.


Rand weakens against resurgent dollar

Jul 30 2014 18:11

The rand has notched its third straight daily loss against the dollar, hitting a week-long low as investors gravitated towards the greenback.


Oil market mixed before raft of US data

Jul 30 2014 16:55

Oil prices have diverged as dealers awaited key US data, including the latest stockpiles report, for clues about demand in the world's top crude consumer.

International Markets

Asian stocks rise

Jul 30 2014 16:43

Asia's markets have ended mostly higher, extending a recent rally, with a weaker yen boosting Tokyo.

International Markets

European stocks dip before US data

Jul 30 2014 16:45

Europe's stock markets have dipped in cautious deals before crucial US economic data and the outcome of the latest Federal Reserve policy meeting.

International Markets

US stocks rise on strong GDP report

Jul 30 2014 16:23

Wall Street stocks have moved higher following a surprisingly strong report on second-quarter US growth.


JSE falls into familiar groove

Jul 30 2014 14:17

The JSE has repeated its pattern of the past few weeks, falling victim to profit-taking after the previous day's strong run.


Rand flat, data expected to weigh

Jul 30 2014 09:34

The rand has been broadly flat against the dollar, with investors bracing themselves for the release of indicators expected to show more weakness in the economy.

International Markets

US stocks finish lower on Russia sanctions

Jul 30 2014 07:37

US shares have finished lower after the United States and European Union broadened sanctions on Russia, overshadowing US economic data and earnings reports.

International Markets

Asian stocks rise, euro hit by Russia fears

Jul 30 2014 07:32

Asia's markets have lifted further, extending a rally with a weaker yen boosting Tokyo while investors await key US data and the Fed's policy meeting outcome.

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