UPDATE 1-South Africa's rand firms, stocks slip in edgy global trade

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UPDATE 1-South Africa's rand firms, stocks slip in edgy global trade

* Rand resumes rally as dollar stutters

* Stocks drop in line with global markets (Adds latest prices, analyst comment)

JOHANNESBURG, Sept 26 (Reuters) - South Africa's rand firmed on Monday, shaking off a slight dip in sentiment towards emerging market currencies to resume a recent rally as the dollar stumbled ahead of the first debate between the two U.S. presidential candidates.

By 1515 GMT the rand ZAR=D3 had gained 0.58 percent to 13.6400 per dollar, compared to a close at 13.7200 on Friday.

With no significant domestic data releases in the session, the rand looked offshore for direction and took advantage of investors' dollar jitters.

The rand touched a session best of 13.6200 and briefly looked poised to test resistance around 13.4000 before stalling as some invertors continued to cash-in on the recent rally.

Higher commodity prices also supported the local unit. Spot gold XAU= was up 0.3 percent.

Government bonds weakened, with the benchmark 2026 issue ZAR186= adding 6 basis points to 8.625 percent.

Stocks fell in line with volatile global markets amid uncertainty and soured risk sentiment.

On the stock market, the benchmark Top-40 index .JTOPI fell 1.05 percent to 44,963 points, while the All-Share index .JALSH dropped 1 percent to 51,479 points.

The biggest losers among blue-chips were pharmaceutical giant Aspen APNJ.J which fell 3.32 percent to 311.31 rand, gold miner AngloGold Ashanti ANGJ.J which was down 2.35 percent to 221.75 rand, and South Africa-based investor Brait BATJ.J which slipped 2.85 percent to 109.57 rand.

Trading volumes were low, with 194 million shares changing hands compared with last year's daily average of 296 million.

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