The rand traded fairly range-bound overnight and found itself at R16.23 this morning.
The euro and the pound have also remained at similar levels to yesterday, with both majors trading slightly softer this morning.
The UK’s release of Q2 GDP came out at a contraction of 0.1% quarter-on-quarter, better than the -0.2% expectation.
Overnight Argentina’s central bank hiked interest rates by 9.5% after spiraling inflation hit a 20-year high of 71%. The central bank of Mexico also raised interest rates by 0.75% after their inflation print climbed to the highest point since December 2000.
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Brent Crude rose to just below the $100 mark overnight but is slightly down this morning and quoted at $99.25.
Gold is trading flat from yesterday, while platinum and palladium are somewhat off yesterday’s high. Copper is still trading at a multiple-week high, as the price of Copper remains above $8,100.
Equities in the US closed softer overnight after the softer PPI number led to gains early on in the US trading session. Back from yesterday’s public holiday, the Nikkei rose 2.5% early this morning, while the Hang Seng and Shanghai Composite traded fairly mixed.