Johannesburg – The rand strengthened on Friday afternoon after better-than-expected US GDP data boosted markets.
“The local currency strengthened on better-than-expected US GDP data. It was expected to be 1.8% but it came in at 2%‚” said Ockert van Niekerk‚ head of trading at PSG.
At 15:37‚ the rand was bid at R8.6600/$ from Thursday’s close of R8.7755. It was bid at R11.1962 to the euro from its previous close of R11.3750 and at R13.9499 against sterling from R14.0618 before.
The euro was bid at $1.2930 from Thursday’s close of $1.2964.
“There have been no local drivers for the currency today‚” Van Niekerk said.