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South African Rand Drops as Dollar Rises on Slowdown Worries

June 13 (Reuters) - South Africa's rand fell on Monday as the safe-haven dollar rose, supported by fears of a global economic slowdown and bets on steep interest rate hikes by the U.S. Federal Reserve.

At 1542 GMT, the rand traded at 16.0650 against the dollar, down 1.23% from its previous close.

The dollar index , which measures the greenback against a basket of six major peers, rose around 0.5% to a fresh four-week high against a basket of currencies.

Investec economist Annabel Bishop said in a research note that U.S. May inflation data released on Friday showed the peak did not occur as markets hoped for in April, raising investors' risk aversion levels.

Bishop added that global financial market fears of low growth and rising inflation have reinforced stagflation concerns.

On the stock market, the Top-40 (.JTOPI) index was down 2.08% while the broader all-share (.JALSH) dropped 2.1% as inflation worries triggered a global selloff.

A market gauge measuring the gap between U.S. two-year Treasury yields and 10-year borrowing costs inverted on Monday for the first time since April, a phenomenon that often heralds economic recession . read more

The government's benchmark 2030 bond was lower, with the yield up 0.5 basis points to 10.450%.

Reporting by Bhargav Acharya in Bengaluru and Anait Miridzhanian in Gdansk; Editing by Alison Williams

Source: Reuters

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