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South Africa's rand steady, could soften on trade data JOHANNESBURG: South Africa's rand was flat against the dollar in early Monday trade, with the risk of weakening during the week if domestic trade data shows a widening deficit.At 0654 GMT the local unit traded at 10.5140 versus the greenback, a touch softer than Friday's close at 10.5105.In fixed income, yields edged higher, with the 2026 benchmark adding 1.5 basis points to 8.205 percent and the 2015 paper inching up 1 basis points to 6.65 percent.In addition to the trade data due out on Thursday, the market will also scrutinise unemployment, credit and producer inflation and monthly budget data numbers this week for pointers on the state of the economy, which has been beset by strikes.On Monday the NUMSA union said there had been some development in talks with employers over a wage offer that could end a walkout in the metal and engineering sector. Copyright Reuters, 2014


Kenyan shilling inches down on dollar demand NAIROBI: The Kenyan shilling edged down on Monday, under pressure from importers buying dollars to meet their end-month obligations, market participants said.At 0700 GMT, commercial banks posted the shilling at 87.75/85 per dollar, marginally down from Friday's closing rate of 87.65/75."There seems to be demand and no supply to match it," said John Njenga, a trader at Commercial Bank of Africa.He said the demand was mainly coming from oil firms and manufacturers.The shilling was, however, ...

Dollar pauses for breath after strongest week since March LONDON: The US dollar hovered near six-month highs against a basket of major currencies on Monday, with data and policy releases this week set to determine whether its strongest week since March last week prefaces a broader move higher.The euro had stabilised a touch in an Asian session weakened by a holiday in Singapore. But it was still trading just above its weakest in eight months. Another half cent fall would take it to its ...

Sterling near 2-year high vs euro, eyes on Fed LONDON: Sterling was hovering near a two-year high against the euro on Monday after two weeks when increasingly divergent interest rate expectations had made it one of the main buys against a weakening single currency.The strength of Britain's economic recovery over the past months has bolstered expectations that the Bank of England will be the first major central bank to raise interest rates since the financial crisis.But gains over the past week have been assisted ...

Dollar flat in Asia ahead of key data, Fed meeting TOKYO: The dollar moved narrowly in Asia Monday as simmering geopolitical tensions capped activity while investors look to a slate of US data and a Federal Reserve policy meeting later this week.In Tokyo afternoon trade, the greenback was quoted at 101.80 yen, slightly down from 101.83 yen in New York Friday.The euro was also flat at $1.3429 and 136.73 yen, against $1.3430 and 136.76 yen, as a closely watched survey showed that concerns over crises ...

China's yuan rises as positive economic data offsets weak midpoint SHANGHAI: China's yuan strengthened against the dollar on Monday, as better-than-expected economic data offset a weaker central bank midpoint fixing, traders said, as the spot market continued to push the traded rate closer to the midpoint.Spot yuan stood at 6.1870 per dollar by midday, up 0.07 percent from last Friday's close, only 0.4 percent away from the midpoint, the closest the spot market and the midpoint have been since mid-March.The People's Bank of China (PBOC) ...

Dollar flat in Asia ahead of key data, Fed meeting TOKYO: The dollar moved narrowly in Asia Monday as simmering geopolitical tensions capped activity while investors look to a slate of US data and a Federal Reserve policy meeting later this week.In Tokyo late morning trade, the greenback was quoted at 101.80 yen, slightly down from 101.83 yen in New York Friday.The euro was also flat at $1.3431 and 136.75 yen, against $1.3430 and 136.76 yen, as a closely watched survey showed that concerns over ...


 



 
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Annual2012/13
Foreign Debt $60.9bn
Per Cap Income $1,368
GDP Growth 3.6%
Average CPI 7.5%
MonthlyMay
Trade Balance $-1.558 bln
Exports $2.117 bln
Imports $3.675 bln
WeeklyJuly 10, 2014
Reserves $14.638 bln