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Rand recovers against dollar amid US slowdown worries

Local currency at R15.99 to the dollar in early trade.
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The rand recovered early on Tuesday, as the dollar pulled back from a two-decade peak amid fears that aggressive interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve would push the US economy into recession.

Read: US inflation data likely push Fed to consider 75 basis-point hike

At 0632 GMT, the rand traded at 15.99 against the dollar, 0.87% stronger than its previous close.

The dollar index , which measures the greenback against a basket of six major peers, was trading at 104.95, below a 20-year peak of 105.29 struck on Monday.

“While the broader bullish bias remains intact, the topside bias in the USD has stalled this morning, providing some temporary breathing room for battered currency markets,” ETM Analytics said in a research note.

The Fed is scheduled to make its next policy announcement on Wednesday and investors will be highly focused on signals about the pace and scale of future rate hikes.

The government’s benchmark 2030 bond firmed slightly in early deals, with the yield down 2.5 basis points to 10.425%.

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