The following company announcements, scheduled economic indicators, debt and currency market moves and political events may affect South African markets on Thursday.
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- October Reuters Econometer survey. 0930 GMT
- Stats SA releases September mining output data. 0930 GMT.
Woolworths shares may move in response to the upmarket retailer's decision to pull the plug on its Nigerian business. The company said on Wednesday that its decision was based on high rents and duties as well as the difficulties of marketing to consumers in Africa's most populous country.
- Sappi SAPJ.J Q4 results
- Foschini TFGJ.J H1 results
- ArcelorMittal SA ACLJ.J Q3 results
- Truworths TRUJ.J AGM
- Raubex RBXJ.J AGM
SOUTH AFRICAN MARKETS
South African stocks booked a record close for the third straight day on Wednesday, rising over 1 percent as shares of AngloGold Ashanti ANGJ.J surged after the gold producer powered back to a quarterly profit.
South Africa's rand held in a narrow range against the dollar in lacklustre trade on Wednesday ahead of a European Central Bank interest rate decision and U.S. non-farm jobs data later in the week.
Asian stocks struggled on Thursday as investors waited for stimulus-sensitive U.S. payroll data, although the euro perked up ahead of the European Central Bank's policy meeting.
The Dow industrials closed at a record high on Wednesday, led by gains in Microsoft Corp MSFT.O and encouraging European economic data, while the S&P 500 also rose but closed shy of its own record.
Gold was steady on Thursday after snapping a seven-day fall in the previous session as investors bet the U.S. monetary stimulus will continue for longer and as holdings in the top gold-backed exchange-traded fund rose for the first time in two weeks.
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Some of the main stories out in the South African press:
- PIC shocks Adcock by not backing CFR deal
- Australia spurns call to act on SA canned-fruit producers
- M&R on warpath against collusive bosses
- Woolworths beats a retreat from Nigeria
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