The rand weakened significantly against the major currencies in early trade as demand for emerging currencies took a dent.

By 9h30am the local unit had weakened 1.4% against the Dollar and 1.5% against the Euro but was 1.8% weaker against the British pound, trading at:

 

R13.11 against the US Dollar

R14.94 against the Euro

R16.99 against the British pound

 

JSE:

 

The local bourse was weaker in early trade with the all-share index up 0.2% to 51,253 , while the top 40 index was down 0.1% to 45,132. Some of the big movers saw Sephaku Cement share price gain 5% in early trade, while Onelogix stock had tanked by 7.8% in early trade.

 

International Markets:

 

The international markets were trading weaker as fears that the European Central Bank was considering the end of its easy monetary policy and the sell-off in technology stock resuming.

 

European markets:  

 

The FTSE opened was down 0.4%

 

US markets: 

Major U.S. benchmarks were also stronger overnight.

 

The NASDAQ was down 1.4%

The Dow Jones was down 0.7%.

 

Asian Markets: 

Asian stocks followed US stocks despite strong manufacturing data coming out of China.

 

Both the Nikkei and the Hang Seng were down 0.9% in early trade.

 

Market factors to watch out for today:

  • Statistics SA is Trade Balance data for May later on today
  • Private sector credit for May is also expected to be released today
  • ANC Policy Conference starts today and we expected issues like the revised mining charter, radical economic transformation to be clearly defined and formulated.