The ZAR weakened on the back of a weaker than expected SA current account that surprised the market with a deficit print of -R87bn.
Significant Market Data
- The Rand weakened on the back of a couple of negative factors.
- The most telling being the negative SA trade balance at -R87bn
- The data shocked the market with a -R87bn printed vs +R100bn expected and vastly lower than the previous R187bn.
- Traders citing worsening economic conditions in Europe ( SA’s largest trading partner) as the primary reason.
- Europe currently being hit with an energy crises, rising interest rates and record high inflation.
- This likely to continues placing more pressure on SA exports as demand continues to fall in Europe.
- On top of that, Jerome Powell did not disappoint and continued with his Hawkish rhetoric .
- In addition, the ECB raised rates by 75 bps to counter inflation.
- We now turn out attention to next week that WILL will be dominated by US inflation data.
- 14h30 : US CPI PREVIOUS 8.5% YOY
- 14h30 : US CPI CORE PREVIOUS 5.9% YOY
A softer print likely to support Risk assets and likewise a higher print, supportive of the FED policy and we can see some more weakness.
- This morning we opening at 17.4200, that is firmly inside yesterday’s range of (17.2000-17.5400)
- A large overnight range leads me to believe, we are range bound for the session.
- The ZAR ignoring the Risk rally after the SP500 spiked above 4,000 as domestic factors starting to dominate investor sentiment.
- We expect a rather large range of 17.3300 to 17.6700.
- The weakness remains to the topside, as FED policy remains the key drive for future Rand direction.
- USDZAR : Expect a range 17.1700-17.6700
- Importers 17.3300-17.1700
- Exporters 17.5100-17.6700
- EURZAR : Expect a range of 17.3600-17.6500
- Importers 17.4600-17.3600
- Exporters 17.5600-17.6500
- GBPZAR : Expect a range of 19.8700-20.5500
- Importers 20.0700-19.8700
- Exporters 20.3300-20.5500
| OPENING RATES
- USDZAR 17.4200
- EURZAR 17.5300
- GBPZAR 20.2000
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- In regular trading on Thursday, the S&P 500 rose 0.66%, while the Dow and Nasdaq Composite each gained 0.6%, putting all three benchmarks on track to snap a three-week losing streak.
- Traders digested Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s hawkish remarks, saying the central bank will continue tightening policy “until the job is done.”
- Markets largely took Powell’s comments in stride as traders have already priced in another supersized 75 basis point rate increase this month, and further tightening down the line.
- Investors now look ahead to August inflation data due for release next week.
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- The Federal Reserve seeks to rein in soaring inflation by hiking interest rates further even as growth slows.
- The market continues to price in 75 bps on the back of Powell’s comments.
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- The SP500 gained 26 to 4,006
- The Nasdaq added 70 to 11,862
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- The Fed chair reaffirmed the bank’s commitment to fight inflation.
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- Powell said the Fed is “strongly committed” to fighting inflation and cautioned strongly against prematurely loosening policy.
- However, markets largely took his remarks in stride as traders have already priced in another supersized 75 basis point rate hike at this month’s policy meeting.
- His comments were also offset by ECB’s decision to raise its policy rate by a historic margin of 75 basis points on Thursday.
- The ECB also signalled further tightening as it aims to get ahead of inflation despite heightened recession risks.
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