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South Africa's rand inches higher as bulls reappear

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's rand edged higher on Tuesday, recovering from a slide the session before as traders bet on a favourable environment for emerging markets.

At 0730 GMT, the rand was up 0.2 percent at 14.0150 per dollar, after falling as much as 1.5 percent overnight to 14.0825 as investors took profits from a recent rally.

The rand breached 14.00 last week, reaching a six-week best of 13.8725, as weak economic data from the United States spurred buying of riskier assets.

"After a relatively good performance last week, there was a lot of relief already priced in and just three weeks ahead of the elections there will always be some event risk that would need to be accounted for," private bank Investec said in a note.

"Add to that a modest correction in global risk appetite and the USD-ZAR has encountered some support."

South Africa holds national elections on May 8. Business-friendly President Cyril Ramaphosa's ruling African National Congress is expected to keep its majority, albeit by a slimmer margin than the 62 percent it won in 2016, potentially weakening his push for economic reforms.

Bonds also gained before National Treasury's auction of 3.3 billion rand ($235 million) of long-term debt. The yield on the benchmark 10-year bond was 1 basis point lower at 8.46 percent in early trade.

In stocks, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange's (JSE) Top-40 Index opened 0.7 percent higher at 52,325 points, tracking Asian equities higher.

($1 = 14.0400 rand)

(Reporting by Mfuneko Toyana, editing by Larry King)

2019-04-16 11:03:12

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