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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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Oil prices extended gains in Asia on Thursday after a bullish US stockpiles report raised hopes of resurgent demand in the world's top crude consumer.
Asian equities gained on Thursday, lifted by another record-high close on Wall Street.
American stocks rose on Wednesday, with the Dow Jones industrial average closing at a record high.
South African stocks hit record highs, with index heavyweights such as FirstRand gaining.
South Africa's rand traded firmer against the dollar, outperforming 24 emerging market peers.
US stocks edged up, buoyed by the latest merger news, but pulled back from earlier highs as investors sifted through the latest batch of corporate earnings.
Yellow and white maize in South Africa rose for a second straight session by the midday close in Johannesburg.
Stocks rose in Europe and aluminium hit a 13-month high after China reported economic growth that was slightly stronger than markets had expected.
US stock index futures rose, after better-than-expected economic data in China and ahead of the latest batch of corporate earnings.
Britain's blue-chip index rose, helped by a rise in engineer Meggitt, at the centre of bid speculation, and a bounce in mining stocks after a strong update from Rio Tinto and positive growth data from China.
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