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ZAR Momentum Halted by Resurgent USD, JSE Top 40 Update


ZAR and Native Index Evaluation:

  • Resurgent greenback causes USD/ZAR to trade above prior day low nonetheless, extra is required to reverse the robust medium-term downtrend
  • The JSE Top 40 Index recovers from latest low after spate of corruption allegations weigh on sentiment
  • Upcoming knowledge to supply extra perception into the pace of the US restoration: Preliminary jobless claims, ISM figures and NFP knowledge.

ZAR Volatility Set to Proceed Amid Greenback Resurgence and Covid-Associated Corruption Allegations

South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, addressed considerations across the latest allegations of Covid-related corruption throughout the ruling ANC celebration in an open letter the place he addressed the liberation motion as “Accused primary”.

Corporations with connections to high-ranking authorities officers and senior members of the ANC have been awarded profitable contracts to supply important private protecting gear (PPE) and associated provides. This was one of many points mentioned on the celebration’s Nationwide Govt Committee assembly the place it was really helpful that members charged with corruption should step apart from official positions, in keeping with studies.

USD/ZAR Day by day Chart: Downtrend Stays for Now

ZAR Momentum Halted by Resurgent USD, JSE Top 40 Update

Chart ready by Richard Snow, IG

The South African Rand (ZAR) has skilled a good run of energy versus the US greenback regardless of durations of elevated volatility within the final 4 trading classes. Worth at the moment trades under the 200 day easy shifting common – hinting that Rand energy might persist – whereas the shifting common convergence divergence (MACD) indicator has not but indicated any clear indicators of a reversal. The 16.3358 stays the subsequent degree of assist ought to the pattern proceed decrease.

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If we’re to see a reversal within the US greenback, the rapid degree of resistance stays at 16.9500 earlier than the psychologically essential degree of 17.5000 turns into pertinent. Additional bullish momentum would see the latest swing excessive at 17.786 turn out to be resistance.

Assets Sector and Corruption Considerations Disrupt the Sturdy Up Pattern for the JSE Top 40 Index

August was a disappointing month for the broader benchmark, the JSE All Share Index, dropping 2.8% as sentiment was negatively impacted by turmoil that celebration in-fighting may immediate a cupboard reshuffle.

Regarding the JSE Top 40, large-cap useful resource shares and main index constituents reminiscent of Naspers (-1.7% MoM) and British American Tobacco (-0.8% MoM), noticed their share costs fall. Useful resource shares dipped barely as valuable steel costs declined from the all-time excessive, nonetheless Prosus, an index heavy weight, managed to trade round 3.1% up for the month.

After holding the assist zone round 51150, the index made a bullish transfer (highlighted because the blue oval) the place worth motion trades round opening ranges as witnessed by the doji candle. Additional upward momentum brings the realm of confluence (horizontal resistance at 53400 and the upsloping trendline) into play with a transfer above that bringing the 53792 degree into focus.

A break under the zone of assist (blue rectangle) nonetheless, highlights essentially the most rapid degree of assist at 50360 which can point out the beginning of a pattern reversal

JSE Top 40 Index: Bounce off Zone of Assist

ZAR Momentum Halted by Resurgent USD, JSE Top 40 Update

Chart ready by Richard Snow, IG

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Financial Knowledge This Week

Financial knowledge out later this week might add additional to volatility in USD/ZAR ought to there be any vital surprises within the figures.

ZAR Momentum Halted by Resurgent USD, JSE Top 40 Update

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