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Rand hits 4-year low as investors shun ‘risky’ South Africa JOHANNESBURG: South Africa's rand fell to its lowest in nearly four years against the dollar on Thursday as investors concerned about the political risk from labour unrest and violent protests opted for other emerging market assets.   Government bonds followed suit, with latest data from the JSE securities exchange showing foreign accounts are set to be net sellers of local debt again this week, after dumping about 6 billion rand of paper last week.   The yield on the heavily traded 2026 paper edged up 2.5 basis points to 7.345 percent. That on the shorter-dated issue due in 2015 was up 1.5 basis points at 5.39 percent.   The rand briefly touched 9.0860, its weakest level since April 2009 before coming back to 9.0377 by 0643 GMT, compared with Wednesday's close at 9.06.   The currency tumbled than 2 percent on Wednesday, breaching the psychologically key 9.0 level as investors fretted about the outlook for the local economy, ...


A$ worn down even as China flash PMI rises WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian dollar lost altitude on its US counterpart on Thursday as a failure to rally on upbeat Chinese data led speculators to cut back on long positions, though the New Zealand currency had no such trouble.   The Aussie eased back to $1.0513, from an early $1.0552, while its kiwi cousin crept ahead to $0.8430, from $0.8410.   "It looks exhausted, having failed at $1.0600 for a week now," said David Scutt, a trader at Arab Bank ...

Yuan edges lower in active trading, narrow movement seen SHANGHAI: The Chinese yuan fell slightly in active trade on Thursday morning after the central bank set a slightly weaker official midpoint to reflect a small rise in the dollar index the day before.   Traders said both banks and their clients expect the yuan to move narrowly in the near term and were willing to do business at current levels.   News that growth in China's giant manufacturing sector accelerated to a two-year high in January had no ...

Yen slips as Aussie gains support from upbeat Chinese data SINGAPORE: The safe haven yen slipped and the Australian dollar gained some support on Thursday as an upbeat reading of Chinese manufacturing activity provided an encouraging sign for the global economy.   The HSBC flash purchasing managers' index, a preliminary private survey, showed that growth in China's factory sector accelerated to a two-year high in January.   That provided support to regional equities and the Australian dollar, and helped drag the yen lower, traders said.   The dollar rose 0.7 percent ...

Yen slips after Japan posts record trade deficit TOKYO: The yen slipped Thursday after Japan announced a record trade deficit for 2012, ending a rally fuelled by disappointment over the Bank of Japan's recent monetary policy announcement.   The dollar bought 88.84 yen in Tokyo trade, from 88.56 yen in New York late Wednesday, while the euro was at 118.36 yen, from 118.00 yen.   The euro was up to $1.3320 from $1.3315 ahead of the release of eurozone economic data later in the day.   Japan said it ...

Euro steady ahead of European PMI data NEW YORK: The euro held steady against the dollar Wednesday ahead of key eurozone economic data as investors remained buoyed by a positive German sentiment survey this week.   The euro bought $1.3315 around 2200 GMT, slipping slightly from $1.3321 at the same time Tuesday.   Kathy Lien at BK Asset Management said traders awaited PMI numbers for the month of January scheduled for release Thursday.   "They tend to provide the most up-to-date look at how the economy is performing. ...

C$ touches below US$ parity on dovish-sounding BoC TORONTO: The Canadian dollar skidded below parity with the US dollar briefly on Wednesday and underperformed other major currencies after the Bank of Canada held interest rates steady and said a rate increase was "less imminent".   The currency's tumble to a two-month low came after the central bank sharply lowered its expectations for economic growth and said the Canadian economy likely grew by an annualized 1 percent in the fourth quarter, down from its forecast for ...


 



 
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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyAugust
Trade Balance $-1.434 bln
Exports $1.930 bln
Imports $3.364 bln
WeeklySeptember 02, 2014
Reserves $13.581 bln