Johannesburg - The rand weakened against the dollar early on
Wednesday, coming off a surprise gain in the previous session with investors
still unsure about the global economy and ahead of inflation data that could
see the market pricing in another rate cut in September.
Risk appetite on hopes European authorities will take steps
to stem the eurozone debt crisis buoyed the rand on Tuesday. However, dealers
now see the move as a small correction and unlikely to be sustained.
By 06:40 GMT on Wednesday, the rand was down 0.3% to
R8.2850, undoing previous gains to break through the R8.28 support that opens
it up for further weakness. It closed at R8.2625 in New York on Tuesday.
“The dollar-rand ended up in late trade at 8.26. That indicates
that rand bulls lost traction and R8.17 - R8.40 is my consolidation. The trend
still remains for a weaker rand,” said Judy Padayachee, technical strategist at
Analysts expect even weaker levels on the rand as global
factors such as the eurozone crisis, which have driven it weaker recently,
continue to weigh on emerging market assets seen as risky.
If inflation data due in this session comes in lower than
expected, the rand may weaken further away from R8.28 support.
July inflation data due at 08:00 GMT will give clues about
the inflation trend with concerns about food prices as agricultural futures
spike up in adverse weather conditions around the world, including the worst
drought in more than 50 years in the United States.
Economists in a Reuters poll expect inflation eased to 5.2%
in July from 5.5% in June.
If the data comes in below 5.2%, the market could price in
another interest rate cut after a reduction last month, which would weigh on
Government bonds were still supported by a successful bond
auction on Tuesday and yields dropped three basis points each in early
The 2026 issue was at 7.525% while the 2015 paper extended
gains to a two week high of 5.54%.
The Treasury will announce issuance plans for next week at
09:00 GMT while power utility Eskom will release results of its sale of 2028
inflation-linked paper after 09:00 GMT.
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