European shares fell on Wednesday maintaining a gloomy trend set in Asia and the United States.
A hot streak in central and eastern Europe keeps emerging market stocks at a two-week high.
Japanese shares hit a six-month top on Tuesday as the dollar advanced on the yen.
Oil investors are playing it safe as Opec hammers out the details of a deal to trim output.
The dollar hit a nine-month high on Monday, buoyed by expectations that the US Federal Reserve will raise interest rates this year.
The New Economic Partnership Agreement, which allows tariff-free imports of 300 000 tons of EU wheat a year, is not a threat to local wheat producers.
The euro wobbled against the dollar on Thursday as traders looked towards an European Central Bank meeting.
SA’s rand might look undervalued, but headwinds are problematic, says Peter Linley, the head of Old Mutual Equities.
SA’s rand was little changed at 13.8899 per dollar in Johannesburg on Wednesday.
BHP Billiton sees early signs that commodity markets are rebalancing, with oil and natural gas best placed to deliver gains into 2018.
Oil edges back above the $50 level where prices have hovered since rallying on OPEC’s decision to cut output last month.
Concern over SA’s political risk and the ongoing Pravin Gordhan saga have made it extremely tough to be a currency trader.
SA’s rand was steadier against the dollar on Monday as support for embattled Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan intensified.
Hedge funds have raised their bullish bets on US crude prices to the highest level since the slump started in the summer of 2014.
It’s been a tumultuous two weeks for the pound: Britain’s currency is getting harder to trade - and harder to predict.