The following company announcements, scheduled economic indicators, debt and currency market moves and political events may affect South African markets on Friday.
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- South Africa sells 2.1 billion rand spread over the 2036 , 2041 and 2048 bonds. 0900 GMT
SOUTH AFRICAN MARKETS
South African stocks gained on Thursday, pushing major indices back towards a record high set earlier this week as battered retailers extended a recovery to a third straight day.
The rand firmed on the dollar in afternoon trade but was struggling to make significant gains after soft manufacturing data hit prospects for economic growth in South Africa.
Asian shares edged up on Friday after China's trade data for January handily beat forecasts to underscore a recovery trend, but prices were capped by investors seeking to book profits before next week's Chinese new year holidays.
U.S. stocks declined on Thursday, taking a step back from their recent advance, prompted by comments by the ECB president on the euro and Europe's outlook.
Gold regained its footing on Friday after falling in the previous session as the euro weakened on concerns over the health of the euro zone economy.
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Some of the main stories out in the South African press:
- Give miners chance to change - Cutifani
- Higher tax for SA's big earners 'just a matter of time'
- Glencore 'may list on the JSE' after Xstrata deal
- Factory output data warn of more job losses
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