Fridays nonfarm payrolls figures missed the mark (163k vs. 193k expected), while unemployment data reached a 17-year low of 3.9
The job numbers confirm strength in the dollar, with the rand opening at 12.53/$ this morning. This week could see EM markets under more pressure as global developments, US CPI and trade talks continue to drive the dollar.
On local shores, SA mining and manufacturing production are likely to record negative growth in the 1st quarter of 2018. Today is a UK banking holiday so we don’t expect lots of volatility. Have a great start to your week!
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