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The South African rand ended slightly firmer to the dollar, although it struggled to find momentum given the lack of market-moving news.
South African stocks were little changed as an advance by Lonmin Plc offset a decline in Sibanye Gold, which was hammered after a trading update.
Disappointing earnings from Amazon and Visa dragged US stocks lower in a broad selloff led by consumer discretionary shares.
Rand slightly firmer
JSE stocks drift lower
Wheat rises for second day
SA maize estimate seen slightly highe ...
Rand holds steady against US dollar
More South Africa
Resurgent rand slips
Rand hits two-month high
Russia capital flight aids the rand
Wheat rises for second day
Wheat in South Africa gained for a second day to the highest level in more than two weeks.
Oil pressured by gasoline inventories
White maize rises to two-week high
Wheat falls to lowest in nine months
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Asian shares sagged in early trading on Friday and a drop in Treasury yields pressured the dollar.
American stocks sank on Thursday, with the S&P 500 posting its biggest one-day percentage drop since April 10 on news that a Malaysian Airlines passenger jet crashed near the Ukraine-Russia border.
New US sanctions against Moscow triggered the biggest one-day rise in Russian debt insurance costs in more than four months.
US stocks edged lower in the wake of fresh US and European Union sanctions on Russia.
US stock index futures were lower, in the wake of new US and European Union sanctions on Russia.
European stocks fell, with appetite for equities dented by new Western sanctions on Russia and a mixed earnings picture.
The United States imposed its toughest sanctions yet on Moscow, and Russian stocks and the rouble tumbled.
Hong Kong's benchmark index ended flat, dampened by a weak Macau gaming sector and a retreat by Internet giant Tencent.
UK shares retreated as new Western sanctions on Russia hampered stocks with exposure to the country.
The rand was largely flat against the dollar ahead of a central bank decision on interest rates later in the session.
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