The following company announcements, scheduled economic indicators, debt and currency market moves and political events may affect South African markets on Monday.
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- Anglo American Platinum Ltd releases its annual results.
- Harmony Gold says its headline earnings per share for the second quarter totalled 158 cents from 123 cents in the first quarter.
- Rainbow Chicken says it will pay $14.25 million for a 49 percent stake of Zambeef's shareholding in Zam Chick.
SOUTH AFRICAN MARKETS
South African shares tracked global stocks higher on Friday as platinum producers such as Impala led the benchmark index to briefly touch a life-time high.
South Africa's rand was on track for a second day of gains against the dollar on Friday, eyeing 8.85 as investors that had sold the currency due to a gloomy economic outlook readjust their positions.
Government bonds took their cue from the stronger currency, with the yield on the heavily-traded benchmark 2026 bond shedding 5 basis points to 7.295 percent.
Asian shares advanced on Monday, drawing momentum from U.S. data showing some promise of a credible recovery, supported by Federal Reserve's easing plans and solid manufacturing data from Europe and China.
U.S. stocks rose to five-year highs on Friday, with the Dow closing above 14,000 for the first time since October 2007, after jobs and manufacturing data showed the economy's recovery remains on track.
Gold ticked up on Monday but was unable to breach the upside limit of a recent trading range as mostly upbeat U.S. data took some shine off the precious metal, which withers when economic recovery gains traction.
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Some of the main stories out in the South African press:
- Iran agrees to nuclear talks with top powers
- ANC, Cosatu on collision course over youth subsidy
- S.Africa must salvage mining image at indaba
(Compiled by Olivia Kumwenda) Keywords: MARKETS SAFRICA FACTORS/
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