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  • LONDON, May 19- Emerging stocks retreated on Thursday to the lowest in more than two months and currencies fell against the dollar as a June U.S. rate rise re-appeared on the agenda, bruising commodities and equity markets worldwide. In emerging Europe, the rouble fell almost half a percent. Stocks in Moscow, Johannesburg and Warsaw fell around 1.

  • WEDNESDAY, MAY 18 MOSCOW- The Credit Suisse 2016 Emerging Markets Conference- Russia: Gloom or Bloom. Speakers: Russian Deputy Finance Minister Maxim Oreshkin, Bank of Russia First Deputy Governor Ksenia Yudaeva and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich. Speakers: Bank of Slovenia Governor Bostjan Jazbec, National Bank of Belgium Governor Jan Smets,...

  • *Grain SA would challenge compensation below market value. BOTHAVILLE, South Africa, May 17- South Africa's largest grain producers' group would challenge government efforts to expropriate land for redistribution to blacks if the compensation offered falls below market prices, its chief executive said on Tuesday. "If there is expropriation taking place...

  • *Palladium lagging gains in gold, silver, platinum. LONDON, May 17- Investor appetite for palladium-backed exchange-traded funds is failing to pick up after a dismal 2015, pointing to another difficult year for the metal despite the prospect of a deepening supply deficit. "It is a big concern," Julius Baer analyst Carsten Meneke said.

  • SEJONG, South Korea- The state-run Korea Development Institute and the finance ministry will host an OECD seminar in Sejong in light of the OECD's publication of a report on the South Korean economy- 0100 GMT. ACCRA- The Bank of Ghana announces rate decision- 1100 GMT. TUESDAY, MAY 17 BELGRADE- The National Bank of Serbia announces rate decision- 1000 GMT.

  • JOHANNESBURG— South African gold miners who got lung diseases while working underground, as well as families of miners who died of such diseases, can launch a class action suit against mining companies, a judge said Friday. The Congress of South African Trade Unions hailed the ruling in a Johannesburg court as a "huge victory" and urged all affected miners and...

  • SEOUL- The Bank of Korea's monetary policy meeting to announce interest rates- 0100 GMT. PRAGUE- The Czech National Bank to publish the minutes of May policy meeting- 0700 GMT. MONDAY, MAY 16 SEJONG, South Korea- The state-run Korea Development Institute and the finance ministry will host an OECD seminar in Sejong in light of the OECD's publication of a report on the...

  • BOGOTA, May 12- Colombia's government needs to offer more protection to mining companies who are being threatened by leftist rebels and criminal gangs in control of illegal mines, the country's mining association said on Thursday. "Illegal mining has taken advantage of us," Santiago Angel, the president of the Colombian Mining Association, said in a press...

  • BUDAPEST- Hungarian central bank holds non-rate-setting meeting. BUDAPEST- Hungarian central bank Deputy Governor Marton Nagy talks to journalists on state self-financing- 1200 GMT. WEDNESDAY, MAY 11 LONDON- Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan gives a lecture on "Rethinking the Global Monetary System" at the London School of Economics- 0900 GMT.

  • *Gordhan says South Africa on its own in tackling woes. PRETORIA, May 9- South Africa's unemployment hit its highest level on record in the first quarter, official data showed on Monday, clouding the country's efforts to convince the major ratings agencies not to downgrade its credit. South Africa, one of the world's biggest metals producers, has been hit by a slide...

  • *Gordhan says South Africa on its own in tackling woes. After a decision by Moody's late on Friday to keep its rating on South Africa steady, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said he aimed to show its fellow agencies that the country was on the right economic track ahead of their own reviews in the coming weeks. One of the world's biggest metals producers, South...

  • JOHANNESBURG, May 6- South African President Jacob Zuma ruled out privatizing South African Airways on Friday, saying the government would never sell the money-losing national flag carrier. "The government is very clear, we will never sell this company, no matter what other people say," Zuma said at SAA's offices in Kempton Park, near Johannesburg.

  • *Rand briefly breaches 15.00/ dollar in volatile trade. JOHANNESBURG, May 5- South Africa's rand firmed against the dollar in volatile Thursday trade which earlier saw it touch 4- week lows as corporate import demand offset the boost from a generally risk-favourable global environment. The rand swung from its strongest level in the session of 14.7700/ dollar to...

  • *Barclays selling 10.3 million shares to South Africa's PIC. JOHANNESBURG, May 4- Barclays Plc said on Wednesday it is selling shares representing 12 percent of Barclays Africa Group and that South Africa's state pension fund would be an anchor investor. Barclays Plc is selling down its 62 percent stake, which is worth some $5 billion, in Barclays Africa Group...

  • *South Africa's PIC in talks with Barclays on BAG stake. JOHANNESBURG, May 4- South Africa's state pension fund is talking to Barclays Plc about buying some of the stake which the British bank is selling in its African business, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said. The PIC is the second investor to show interest in BAG, which runs South Africa's biggest...

  • JOHANNESBURG, April 28- Thousands of shoppers queued on Thursday at the opening of one of the largest malls in South Africa, set in middle-class suburbia between Johannesburg and Pretoria. The Mall of Africa will house over 300 shops, including global brands such as Inditex's Zara, Hennes& Mauritz, Cotton On and Starbucks. They want to attract the rising number of...

  • PARIS, April 27- French retailer Fnac is set to clinch a takeover deal for electronics chain Darty after rival bidder Steinhoff effectively dropped out of the race on Wednesday. South African furniture retailer Steinhoff said it would not raise its latest 160 pence a share offer for Darty because that would "no longer create sufficient value for its...

  • *Expansion to Nigeria will not happen hastily- CEO. JOHANNESBURG, April 26- South African supermarket operator Pick n Pay plans to expand into Nigeria next year through a partnership with a local conglomerate, as it seeks to reduce its reliance on its home market, it said on Tuesday. "We are not suddenly going to explode onto the scene in Nigeria next year but we are...

  • *Fnac offers 170 pence per Darty share, up from 153 pence. PARIS/ JOHANNESBURG, April 25- French retailer Fnac raised its offer for Darty on Monday to around 900 million pounds in a final bid to win Europe's largest electronics goods chain in a battle with South Africa's Steinhoff. Fnac, declaring the offer its last, said it would pay 170 pence per Darty share in cash, up...

  • *Draft law says companies must be 26 pct black-owned at all times. *Black empowerment bill opposed by mining companies. JOHANNESBURG, April 22- South Africa could extend consultations on a draft law opposed by mining companies that say the move to redress imbalances of the nation's past apartheid rule would impose unfair conditions over black ownership.