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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The petrochemicals firm said full-year headline earnings likely rose by as much as 30 percent.
The hotel chain said full-year headline earnings are likely to rise by as much as 45 percent.
The paper maker is due to report third-quarter results.
SOUTH AFRICAN MARKETS
South African stocks surged 1.7 percent on Thursday, putting the benchmark Top-40 index within shooting distance of a record close, as investors continued to bet resource companies like Anglo American had fallen too far this year.
The rand dropped over 1.4 percent against a rallying dollar on Thursday to nudge near the psychologically important 10 level, with the greenback boosted by U.S. data showing signs of strength for the world's biggest economy.
Asian shares advanced on Friday after brisk U.S. factory activity data and a commitment to easy monetary policy by European central banks and the Federal Reserve buoyed Wall Street to record highs overnight.
The Dow and S&P 500 hit record closing highs on Thursday, with the S&P 500 topping 1,700 after strong data on factory growth and as major central banks said they would keep monetary stimulus in place.
Gold fell for a fifth session on Friday, heading for its biggest weekly loss in a month as strong U.S. economic data raised fears the Federal Reserve may start to taper its commodities-supportive stimulus measures.
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Some of the main stories out in the South African press:
- Transnet's pipeline cost spiral faces Nersa probe
- Few dare object as Mugabe looks set to tighten grip
- Recovery in SA's exports starts to show
(Reporting by David Dolan) Keywords: MARKETS SAFRICA FACTORS/
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