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13h26 South Africa's finance ministry is set to spell out "tough decisions" in its 2018 budget on Wednesday to plug a revenue gap and narrow the deficit, providing an early look at how new President Cyril Ramaphosa plans to repair the ailing economy.  Full story
16/02 South Africa will benefit from a wave of positive market sentiment under new President Cyril Ramaphosa, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Friday, as speculation swirled about whether he would keep his job.  Full story
16/02 Nearly 6,000 workers at Clicks Group will share a 1.26 billion rand ($108 million) windfall from a share ownership scheme launched seven years ago as part of the South African retailer's efforts to meet quotas on black ownership.  Full story
15/02 Steinhoff International has appointed Richard Heis as Chief Restructuring Officer for the group, it said on Thursday, as the troubled South African retailer wrestles with the fallout from an accounting scandal.  Full story
14/02 South Africa's rand jumped more than 1 percent to its firmest since June 2015 and bonds hit a one-week best on Wednesday after the ruling African National Congress (ANC) said it would proceed with a vote to remove President Jacob Zuma from office.  Full story
16/02 South Africa will benefit from a wave of positive market sentiment under new President Cyril Ramaphosa, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Friday, as speculation swirled about whether he would keep his job.  Full story
17h37 Insurance premium revenue increased by 11% to R1.096 billion (2016: R989.5 million), profit attributable to equity holders of the group climbed 18% to R262.2 million (2016: R222.3 million), while headline earnings. . .  Full story
14h49 Revenue for the interim period increased to R17.966 billion (2016: R14.095 billion), EBITA rose to R1.243 billion (2016: R1.126 billion), operating profit was higher at R1.149 billion (2016: R1.037 billion), profit. . .  Full story
13h26 South Africa's finance ministry is set to spell out "tough decisions" in its 2018 budget on Wednesday to plug a revenue gap and narrow the deficit, providing an early look at. . .  Full story
13h04 South Africa's new leadership headed by newly-elected President Cyril Ramaphosa is a 'credit positive' for many of the country's top gold and platinum miners.. . .  Full story
12h27 Production of tea, Malawi's second largest export commodity after tobacco, rose 6 percent to 45.6 million kilograms in 2017 from 43 million kilograms registered in the preceding year, the Reserve Bank. . .  Full story
17h21 Copper fell 2 percent on Monday as a stronger dollar prompted some profit-taking in the metal after its biggest weekly rise in more than a year, while aluminium held its ground as the United. . .  Full story
17h20 Cereal crops in the European Union have suffered very little frost damage this winter and no losses are expected during the second half of February, the EU's crop monitoring service said.. . .  Full story
17h19 Australia said on Monday it would be open to the idea of Britain joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership regional trade group after it leaves the European Union.. . .  Full story
17h04 Latvia's third-biggest bank sought emergency financial support on Monday after U.S. officials accused it of helping breach North Korean sanctions, hours after the central bank governor was arrested over separate bribery allegations.. . .  Full story
16h54 German engineering group Siemens on Monday announced plans to float its medical imaging and diagnostics business Healthineers on the Frankfurt stock exchange, putting it on track for a listing in late March.. . .  Full story
15/02 Bitcoin rose above $10,000 on Thursday for the first time in more than two weeks, as investors bought back the digital currency after having fallen 70 percent from its all-time peak hit around mid-December.  Full story
14/02 Canada's main stock index rose on Wednesday after investor sentiment rebounded following a bullish U.S. inflation report and energy stocks rallied on strong oil prices.  Full story
13/02 Global investors cut equity holdings by the most in two-years in February, a Bank of America Merrill Lynch survey showed on Tuesday, as world shares had their worst week since early 2016.  Full story
09/02 The recent sell-off roiling global financial markets has not changed the overall economic outlook and it is not up to regulators to prevent investors from suffering losses, Deutsche Bundesbank board member Andreas Dombret said on Friday.  Full story
09/02 Barclays is likely to follow other major lenders in the United States in stopping customers from buying Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies with its credit cards, according to an interview with a senior executive at its credit card unit.  Full story
17h40 South Africa's rand weakened along with other emerging currencies on Monday as the dollar regained ground it lost last week and investors awaited details of new president Cyril Ramaphosa's plans to revive the economy.. . .  Full story
13h01 South Africa's new leadership headed by newly-elected President Cyril Ramaphosa is a 'credit positive' for many of the country's top gold and platinum miners.. . .  Full story
07h36 following company announcements, scheduled economic indicators, debt and currency market moves and political events may affect South African markets on Monday.. . .  Full story
16/02 South Africa's rand surrendered some gains on Friday but remained near its three-year best ahead of Cyril Ramaphosa's maiden state of the nation address after he was sworn in as the country's president.. . .  Full story
16/02 Nearly 6,000 workers at Clicks Group will share a 1.26 billion rand ($108 million) windfall from a share ownership scheme launched seven years ago as part of the South African retailer's efforts. . .  Full story
17h46 Private equity firm EQT has put Denmark-based Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC), the world's largest regional aircraft lessor, up for sale just 2-1/2 years after buying a majority stake in the company, two sources familiar with. . .  Full story
14h30 Russia may get a long-awaited upgrade to its sovereign ratings this week when international rating agencies are expected to consider a diminished risk of new sanctions and improved economic fundamentals, analysts and officials said.. . .  Full story
14h22 Singapore's move on Monday to raise stamp duty on expensive home purchases is likely to dampen the recent wave of redevelopment sales in the city-state's recovering property market, analysts said.. . .  Full story
13h00 Global pension funds, insurers and other investors are holding back on buying office space in Catalonia due to fears a split from Spain could lead to an exodus of business from the region.. . .  Full story
12h48 Indonesia is likely to have more than five startups worth at least $1 billion each by 2019, with healthcare and education the most promising sectors to spawn new unicorns in Southeast Asia's biggest economy,. . .  Full story
14h44 World stocks were set for a sixth session of gains on Monday, extending a recovery from a selloff sparked by fears of creeping inflation and higher borrowing costs.. . .  Full story
14h40 The Sri Lankan rupee edged down on Monday on importer dollar demand, while political uncertainty continued to weigh on investor sentiment, dealers said.. . .  Full story
14h00 Jolted by the global investment craze over bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, U.S. lawmakers are moving to consider new rules that could impose stricter federal oversight on the emerging asset class, several top lawmakers told Reuters.. . .  Full story
13h41 Britain's government is setting out what it wants to achieve from its future partnership with the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman said on Monday, countering criticism that ministers are still divided over Brexit.. . .  Full story
13h34 With the dust beginning to settle after a tumultuous start to the year for the U.S. bond market, speculators are scaling back their bets on higher yields. By quite a margin.. . .  Full story
13h51 State-run Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) plans to add 1,745 megawatts (MW) of electricity from geothermal sources by 2025, part of a government push to end power generation from fossil fuels.. . .  Full story
17/02 Zambia will rearrange loans from Chinese companies and instead look to borrow directly from the Asian giant's government in a bid to satisfy International Monetary Fund conditions and unlock a potential. . .  Full story
16/02 Malawi aims to cut government borrowing and stick to an International Monetary Fund programme in order to boost the economic growth rate to 7 percent in the medium term, the finance. . .  Full story
16/02 The International Monetary Fund has rejected Zambia's latest borrowing plans, saying they risk making it harder for the country to sustain its debt load, the IMF said on Friday.. . .  Full story
16/02 The World Bank has approved a $486 million credit facility to Nigeria for electricity grid improvements, the lender said on Friday.. . .  Full story
17h14 Saudi Arabia increased its crude oil exports slightly in December to 7.045 million barrels per day (bpd), official data showed on Monday.. . .  Full story
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16h50 Gulf stock markets were sluggish on Monday, with a dividend cut pulling down major Abu Dhabi-listed financial firm Waha Capital, but Egypt's bourse rose on the back of a gain by its biggest bank.. . .  Full story
14h19 India's government has said the $1.77 billion fraud at state-run Punjab National Bank was a "manifestation of supervisory failure" at the country's central bank, local media reported on Monday.. . .  Full story
14h00 Singapore said its sales tax will rise to 9 percent from 7 percent, but the change will only come "sometime" between 2021 and 2025, making it likely that the increase would kick in after. . .  Full story
18h11 Switzerland has not seen any major inward or outward movement of funds from Saudi Arabia, the chairman of the Swiss Bankers Association said on Monday when asked whether he had seen an increase in flows following Riyadh's anti-corruption campaign.  Full story
18h06 The value of global mining and metals deals hit a four-year high in 2017, according to accountancy firm EY, as financial distress abated and companies sold off non-core assets.  Full story
18h03 Chemicals maker LyondellBasell Industries NV said it will buy smaller rival A. Schulman Inc for $2.24 billion, doubling the size of its business that supplies plastic compounds to the packaging, electronics and building markets.  Full story
18h03 Euro zone finance ministers will choose Spanish Economy Minister Luis de Guindos to succeed European Central Bank Vice President Vitor Constancio in May, a move likely to boost the chances of a German becoming head of the ECB next year.  Full story
18h00 The dollar enjoyed a small rebound on Monday as investors bought back the greenback after its plunge to three-year lows, although analysts said any recovery looked set to be brief with dollar bears still out in force.  Full story
USA Week Ahead
16/02 U.S. stock markets are unlikely to return to the unusually calm conditions seen last year, even though equities have already recovered more than half the ground lost in the recent selloff and traders have rapidly dialed down fear.  Full story


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