JOHANNESBURG - The rand broke through technical resistance to hit the worst level in eight months amid ongoing attacks on central bank independence and perceived deterioration in policy credibility according to NKC Research.
Last week highlighted the dire state of the economy amid abysmal data releases – punctuated by the much-worse-than-expected Q1 GDP release – while political squabbles and a spotlight on struggling parastatals weighed on sentiment. On US soil meanwhile, employment growth cooled markedly with only 75,000 jobs added in May, weighing down the greenback, which caused the rand to strengthen. At the close of local trade, the rand quoted 1.0 percent stronger at R14.91/$, after trading in range of R14.90/$ - R15.17/$. However, the local unit weakened over the weekend. Expected range today R14.80/$ - R15.10/$.
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