S.Africa's rand falls on weak China trade data


South Africa’s rand gave up its gains against the dollar early on Monday, tracking other commodity currencies which fell after China, a major importer of their products, released weak trade data.

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At 0643 GMT the rand was trading 0.61 percent softer at 12.0735 to the dollar compared with its closing level on Friday.


The rand mirrored a tumble by the Australian dollar after a shock contraction in China’s exports added to worries about slowing growth in the world’s second-largest economy.

“The rand is at risk of pushing substantially weaker today following the terrible Chinese trade data,” said John Cairns, a currency strategist at Rand Merchant Bank.

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“The rand is usually not as sensitive to data from China but will presumably play follow-my-leader this morning.”

South African government bonds were similarly soft in early trade. The yield ON the 2026 benchmark rose 5.5 basis points to 7.765 percent.