South African rand weaker, Moody's rating decision awaited
 

South African rand weaker, Moody's rating decision awaited
bIllustration photo of South African rand
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's rand weakened against the dollar early on Monday as caution gripped investors ahead of a Moody's credit rating review announcement and the U.S. Federal Reserve's interest rates decision due later in the week.

At 0645 GMT, the rand traded at 12.0375 per dollar, 0.44 percent weaker than its New York close on Friday.

Moody's, the only major agency with an investment grade rating on South African debt but with a downgrade review, is scheduled to make a decision on Friday.

Globally, the U.S. Federal Reserve is expected to hike interest rates on Wednesday and perhaps signal that as many as three more lie in store for the rest of the year. [MKTS/GLOB]

"With a mid-week public holiday locally, as well as FOMC on Wednesday and the Moody's announcement on Friday the markets are unlikely to display much enthusiasm in their positioning and liquidity is likely to be tested throughout," Nedbank analysts wrote in a note.

Local focus will also be on February consumer prices inflation data and fourth-quarter 2017 current account numbers due on Tuesday.

In fixed income, the yield for the benchmark government bond due in 2026 was up 2.5 basis points at 8.17 percent.

(Reporting by Nomvelo Chalumbira; Editing by Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo and Subhranshu Sahu)

2018-03-19 09:35:58


© 2018 Thomson Reuters. All rights reserved. Reuters content is the intellectual property of Thomson Reuters or its third party content providers. Any copying, republication or redistribution of Reuters content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Thomson Reuters. Thomson Reuters shall not be liable for any errors or delays in content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon. "Reuters" and the Reuters Logo are trademarks of Thomson Reuters and its affiliated companies.
Most read today
Most read yesterday
 
 
Market Statistics are calculated by Sharenet and are therefore not the official JSE Market Statistics. The calculation/derivation may include underlying JSE data.
© 2018 SHARENET (PTY) Ltd, Cape Town, South Africa