Currencies The rand finds some support to trade back towards the 14.30 level.CommoditiesBrent crude oil remains above $69 per barrel.EquitiesAsian markets return from holidays, and growth [...]
Benchmark crude oil contracts moved higher; Gold ticked higher.
Benchmark crude oil prices are little changed; Gold has fallen back below $1,790 per ounce. The rand manages a minor recovery in quiet markets.
Asian markets are mixed, but it does feel like risk-off sentiment given the holidays in China, Japan and the UK will dampen liquidity.
US markets end a choppy session higher, with the S&P 500 closing at a record high, boosted by solid earnings from Facebook.
Commodity prices are better bid with Brent crude oil moving above $67.50 per barrel. Palladium continues to gather further momentum.