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Rand firmer but vulnerable amid downgrade fears

May 25 2016 10:26

The rand has firmed against the dollar on improved risk appetite, but analysts say the unit looked vulnerable to the possibility of a ratings downgrade.


Dollar holds gains against yen as markets turn risk-on

May 25 2016 07:42

The dollar has held gains against the yen after risk appetite among Asian investors jumped on the back of rising expectations of a rise in US borrowing costs.


Dollar rally gathers pace, commodities drop on Fed

May 24 2016 12:24

The dollar has rallied and crude oil fell with gold as speculation mounted that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates as early as next month.


Rand retreats as US rate hike expectation weighs

May 24 2016 09:50

The rand has weakened against the dollar as a bout of risk aversion triggered by lower commodity prices and expectations of a US rate hike cooled investor appetite.


Dollar holds steady vs euro, yen climbs

May 24 2016 07:40

The dollar has held steady against the euro in a market focused on Fed rate hike plans, while the yen gained after the G7 warned Japan against currency intervention.


Rand gains on news of no Gordhan arrest

May 23 2016 10:31

The rand has firmed after police said they have no plans to arrest Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, but traders say the unit will benefit if tensions around him eased.

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