The following company announcements, scheduled economic indicators, debt and currency market moves and political events may affect South African markets on Tuesday.
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- Treasury auctions 2.1 billion rand in total of its 2026 , 2036 and 2031 government bonds at 0900GMT.
- South Africa, Anglo American Platinum and labour unions have agreed to postpone a restructuring exercise that could lead to 14,000 job cuts to allow for more talks, the minerals department said.
SOUTH AFRICAN MARKETS
- South African stocks booked record closes after turning positive in late Monday trading, lifted by positive U.S. durable goods data and a strong showing from locally listed shares of brewer SABMiller.
- South Africa's rand fell 2 percent against the dollar on Monday, touching a new 4-year low as stronger-than-expected U.S. data prompted a greenback rally against emerging market currencies.
Government bonds followed suit, pushing yields up to early December highs.
Asian shares rose on Tuesday as recent selling drew bargain hunters, but investors were cautious ahead of more U.S. economic reports and a Federal Reserve policy decision later in the week that may offer clues to the Fed's stimulus plans.
The S&P 500 eased slightly on Monday after an eight-day run of gains, while the Nasdaq edged higher as Apple shares rebounded.
The index remained above 1,500, however, after closing above that level on Friday for the first time in more than five years. The S&P 500's eight sessions of gains was its longest winning streak in eight years.
Gold edged up on Tuesday but did not break too far above a 2-1/2-week low hit in the previous session as promising U.S. economic data fuelled optimism about a stable recovery, driving investors away from safe-haven assets such as bullion.
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Some of the main stories out in the South African press:
- Amplats bows to state pressure, in retrenchment talks
- Mooted 50 pct farm wage hike 'puts jobs at risk'
- Stock unruffled as FNB limits fallout
- Unions call for Eskom's costs to be recalculated
(Compiled by Olivia Kumwenda) Keywords: MARKETS SAFRICA FACTORS/
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