South African Markets - Factors to watch on May 18
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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SOUTH AFRICAN MARKETS
South Africa's rand fell on Friday and ended lower on the week as fears about a resurgence of coronavirus infections hurt sentiment toward the emerging markets.
The stock market, however, was upbeat, bucking a largely declining trend on positive factory output data from China. .J ZAR/
Asian shares were led higher by S&P 500 futures on Monday and oil prices hit a five-week peak as countries' efforts to re-open their economies stirred hopes the world was nearer to emerging from recession. MKTS/GLOB
Wall Street's three major indexes closed higher after swinging between gains and losses on Friday as investors weighed worries about Sino-U.S. trade relations and weaker-than-expected U.S. economic data against growing optimism that easing coronavirus restrictions would boost activity this month. .N
Gold rose over 1% on Monday to its highest in more than seven years as dismal U.S. data underscored how badly the COVID-19 pandemic has damaged the world's top economy, while palladium soared over 9% on better-than-expected demand outlook. GOL/
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Some of the main stories out in the South African press:
- Business calls for quick move to level 2 as a matter of urgency.
- Gordhan's SAA truce on the rocks as business rescuers want to wind down
- Dis-Chem DCPJ.J in agreement to acquire 100% of Baby City from its founder.
- Alcohol sales ban costs fiscus billions.
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