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Rand pauses after four-session slide

Aug 21 2014 10:06

The rand has been largely unchanged, recovering after four sessions of losses but still unable to shake off the negative economic outfall of a banking downgrade.

International Markets

US stocks mostly up as Fed debate deepens

Aug 21 2014 07:55

Wall Street stocks have finished mostly higher as US Federal Reserve minutes showed rising debate over recent improvements in the jobs market.


Oil prices down on fading supply fears

Aug 21 2014 07:44

Oil prices have edged lower in Asia on fading fears that conflicts in crude producers Libya and Iraq could result in a major supply disruption.

International Markets

Global markets: Asia shares under pressure

Aug 21 2014 07:42

Asian shares have came under pressure as a disappointing survey on Chinese manufacturing stoked concerns and overshadowed better news from Japan.


Rand continues downward trend

Aug 20 2014 17:59

The rand has recorded a fourth straight day of losses against the dollar, pressured by the downgrade of the country's four largest banks and stubbornly high inflation.


Oil prices rally from recent losses

Aug 20 2014 15:07

Oil prices have rebounded from the previous day's multi-month lows, as dealers awaited the latest update on crude reserves in top consumer the United States.

International Markets

Asian shares higher ahead of Fed chief speech

Aug 20 2014 14:53

Asian shares have mostly edged higher following a positive lead from Wall Street, before a keynote speech this week by the Federal Reserve chief.


Moody's downgrade spooks JSE investors

Aug 20 2014 12:48

Moody’s decision to cut the local currency deposit rating for SA’s big four banks, has not only knocked their share prices, but pushed the rest of the JSE lower.

International Markets

Global markets: BoE jolts UK markets

Aug 20 2014 12:09

World stocks have mostly halted their recent rally, while UK stocks and bonds have fallen.


Rand hits week low after bank downgrades

Aug 20 2014 09:48

The rand has fallen to its weakest level in a week as a ratings downgrade of four top banks hit local sentiment.


Oil prices mixed in Asia

Aug 20 2014 07:44

Oil prices have been mixed in Asia as investors await the release of US Federal minutes, while keeping an eye on the latest stockpiles data.

International Markets

Asian shares slip ahead of Yellen talk

Aug 20 2014 07:41

Asian shares have slipped despite a positive lead from Wall St, stocks have picked up ahead of the Federal Reserve chief's keynote speech.


Dollar rises in Asia on upbeat US data

Aug 20 2014 07:37

The dollar has extended its gains in Asia after an encouraging surge in US housing construction boosted optimism over the state of the world's number one economy.

International Markets

US stocks rise on housing data

Aug 20 2014 07:32

US stocks have finished with solid gains following encouraging economic data and a solid earnings report from Home Depot.

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