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  • The rand continues to weaken hitting new record lows
  • Since the US Labour Department released its jobs data on Friday, the rand has been weakening rapidly against major currencies. The rand is now trading in unchartered territories as it trades at levels unseen before. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand is still reeling following good US jobs data   The rand kicked off the week still digesting news of “soli... ››› more
  • [10 November 2015]
  • Pressure mounts on the rand in the run up to the release of US jobs data
  • After flirting close to R14 to the dollar yesterday, the rand continues to feel the strain on emerging market currencies. Later today, the US Labour Department will release its non-farm payrolls. If data comes out better than expected, the rand could be under further strain as it increases the chance of a US interest rate hike next month. Let's take a closer look… The rand is fee... ››› more
  • [06 November 2015]
  • The rand hits R12.27 to the dollar in the face of a data-heavy week
  • The rand has continued its slide against the dollar. This morning, the local unit has already lost close to 1% against the greenback. The rand is feeling the pressure as a number of data releases locally and internationally weigh. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Risks lie ahead for the rand The rand is still weakening against the greenback, reports Fin24. This as trad... ››› more
  • [01 June 2015]
  • The rand plummets through R12/$ as the US reveals bumper jobs data
  • On Friday, the rand weakened to levels not seen for 13-years. The rand, along with other emerging market currencies, suffered after the release of US non-farm payrolls data, which was better than expected. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand hit levels not seen since 2002 On Friday, the rand plunged almost 2% to trade at R12.0650, reports Fin24. This is its lowes... ››› more
  • [09 March 2015]
  • The rand buckles under pressure as the dollar gains in strength
  • After holding onto some of the gains it made last week, the rand has weakened against the dollar. Speculation is once again growing that the US Federal Reserve (Fed) will hike interest rates sooner rather than later. And there are also worries about the state of the Chinese economy following the release of disappointing data. These two factors are both playing against the rand. Let's take... ››› more
  • [09 February 2015]
  • The rand rallies against the dollar, but worries over power supplies still grate
  • Yesterday, the rand gained significantly against the dollar, but is under pressure this morning. The market is waiting for the release of US non-farm payrolls later today. This is a big indicator of the current state of the US economy. Locally, continuing load shedding is putting pressure on the currency as investors worry about the economic impact. Let's take a closer look… The ... ››› more
  • [06 February 2015]
  • The rand holds its ground, but remains vulnerable to further weakness
  • This morning, the rand showed signs of slight strength against the dollar. With the greenback continuing its charge stronger, it's put pressure on South Africa's local currency. Later on today, the US releases its much awaited non-farm payroll data. This is indicative of the health of the US economy. With the chance of the US hiking rates this year, impressive data could put the rand under more... ››› more
  • [09 January 2015]
  • US stocks and the dollar soar on the back of positive jobs data
  • Earlier today, the US Department of Labour released its non-farm payroll data covering September. As economists expected, the data surprised to the upside. The stock markets in the US and the greenback strengthened on the news. Let's take a closer look… The number of new jobs rose 33,000 more than expected Last month, employers in the US “stepped up hiring,” reports Fin24. ... ››› more
  • [03 October 2014]
  • The JSE plummets over 1.2% following global markets sharply lower
  • Today, shares on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange followed global markets lower. Last night, the S&P 500 in New York lost over 2%. So what's causing the markets to fall? Let's take a closer look… Stock markets are making up for the sharp fall in New York Stock markets are under severe pressure after the “sell-off in New York” yesterday, reports Fin24. There are a number of ... ››› more
  • [01 August 2014]
  • The JSE end the week slightly higher as US jobs data misses the mark
  • Stocks on the JSE finished the week slightly higher. The market was quiet before the release of the US Department of Labour's non-farm payrolls data. It came in slightly less than forecast. This led investors to relax slightly with hopes that the US Federal Reserve won't speed up reducing its stimulus programme or raise interest rates quickly. Let's take a closer look at what happened on the JSE o... ››› more
  • [07 April 2014]
  • The rand ends the week on a three month high
  • The rand finished the week rallying to a three month high. This follows the release of US non-farm payrolls. This didn't come out just as good as analysts expected. Let's take a closer look at why the rand reacted so well to the news… Poorer than expected US jobs number put pressure on the dollar This afternoon, the rand “hit a three-month high against the dollar,” says IOL. This was a ... ››› more
  • [04 April 2014]
  • The rand slips under global pressure
  • After staging a decent rally over the last couple of weeks, the rand is under pressure. On the domestic front, there are concerns over the ten-week long strike in the platinum sector. Looking further afield, the European Central Bank announces the outcome of its meeting on interest rates today. And tomorrow, the US releases its non-farm payroll data, a key indicator of its economic health. Let's t... ››› more
  • [03 April 2014]
  • The rand creeps slightly stronger on back of US jobs data
  • Friday saw the long awaited release of the US's non-farm payrolls data. The data showed jobs growth was far less than analysts expected. This led the rand to strengthen slightly. And the rand has managed to hold onto these slight gains over the weekend. Let's take a closer look at what's happening with the rand… Late on Friday the “rand climbed from a five year low,” reports IOL. This was ... ››› more
  • [13 January 2014]
  • To know what to expect from the stock market this week, look behind you…
  • There's an age old saying that goes: “To know where you're going, you need to know where you've been” and this week, investors should remember this. After all, news flow that came out of major economies like the US and China have a huge effect on the stock market. So let's have a look at what happened last week, starting with America… Speculation that the Federal Reserve will begin windin... ››› more
  • [11 November 2013]
  • The JSE drops on strong US jobs data
  • On Friday, the JSE fell heavily as the US released better than expected jobs data for October. The local bourse felt the strain as the dollar gained momentum. It was a bad day across the board, but the miners felt the hit of a stronger greenback. Let's take a closer look at what happened on the JSE on Friday… The JSE fell “to a two week closing low on Friday,” reports I Net Bridge. This fo... ››› more
  • [11 November 2013]
  • US job figures surprise to the upside
  • On Friday, the US Labor Department released its non-farm payroll data for October. The numbers surprised, with more jobs created than forecast. But unemployment also notched up from September. Let's take a closer look at what the US jobs data revealed… The US Labor Department revealed that employers created “a surprisingly strong 204,000 jobs” in October, says IOL. This is in spite of the ... ››› more
  • [11 November 2013]
  • The JSE makes the record books - again
  • The JSE started the week off as it finished last week - setting a new all-time high. The local bourse followed other global markets higher. And gold helped the JSE out too. Let's take a closer look at the day on the JSE... For the “eighth straight session,” the JSE closed higher, reports BDLive. The gold counters led the local bourse higher. The record highs the JSE hit today are “in li... ››› more
  • [21 October 2013]
  • The JSE ends the week in the red, pulled down by gold miners
  • After an eventful day on global markets, the JSE ended weaker. Gold miners suffered, which weighed heavily on the JSE. Let's have a look at the day… The JSE broke its “four day winning streak” today, reports BDLive. This was after a “volatile session” as world markets “digested” the US jobs data for July. The lower gold price struck gold miners down, notes IOL. And investors ban... ››› more
  • [02 August 2013]
  • US job data gives out mixed signals
  • This afternoon saw the release of the much awaited US jobs data. The data was slightly poorer than expected. Read on to find out what the data revealed… All week, investors have been on the edge of their seats waiting for today’s data from the US. If the data was positive, the US Federal Reserve (Fed) would probably begin stepping down its $85 billion a month stimulus programme soon. T... ››› more
  • [02 August 2013]
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