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South Africa's rand climbs over 8-month peak as Biden wins U.S. presidency

11/09/2020 | 02:21am EST
Photo illustration of South African bank notes displayed next to the American dollar notes in Johannesburg

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The South African rand hit a more than eight-month high against the dollar on Monday, as markets cheered Joe Biden's election as the U.S. president on hopes that a calmer White House could boost world commerce and that monetary policy would remain easy.

At 0615 GMT, the rand traded at 15.5275 against the U.S. dollar, 0.43% firmer than its previous close on Friday.

The unit was trading at its strongest since March 5, which was before the COVID-19 pandemic knocked the local economy deeper into recession.

Biden crossed the threshold of the 270 electoral college votes required for victory on Saturday by winning the battleground state of Pennsylvania. Republicans appear to have retained control of the Senate, though the final makeup may not be clear until runoff votes in Georgia in January.

"Although the rand has benefited significantly over the course of the most recent sessions, given the extent of the recent gains, we are likely to encounter both profit taking on short U.S. dollar positions and fresh dollar buyers at the current levels," Nedbank analysts said in a note.

The analysts added that although the rand's technical indicators were suggesting an oversold scenario, "indications are that it could extend its gains further towards the 15.0000 level."

Government bonds also firmed, with the yield on the benchmark instrument due in 2030 down seven basis points to 8.900%.

(Reporting by Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo; Editing by Rashmi Aich)

© Reuters 2020
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ChangeLast1st jan.
EURO / SOUTH AFRICAN RAND (EUR/ZAR) -0.72% 18.3594 Delayed Quote.2.29%
NEDBANK GROUP LIMITED 0.59% 124.6 End-of-day quote.-3.77%
NEDBANK LIMITED 0.00% 7.1 End-of-day quote.-4.70%
US DOLLAR / SOUTH AFRICAN RAND (USD/ZAR) -0.98% 15.13047 Delayed Quote.2.75%
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