South African Markets - Factors to watch on Oct 8

The following company announcements, scheduled economicindicators, debt and currency market moves and political eventsmay affect South African markets on Monday.

DIARY For South Africa corporate diary, click on For southern and South Africa diary, click on COMPANIES - PSG will release interim results. - The following company are trading ex-dividend or without aright to their latest dividend payout: DRDGold , Sasol, Aveng , African Oxygen , Cashbuild, Discovery , RMB Holdings , FirstRand, RMI Holdings and AVI Ltd, . SOUTH AFRICAN STRIKES

South Africa's Amplats fired 12,000 wildcatstrikers on Friday, a high-stakes attempt by the world's biggestplatinum producer to push back at a wave of illegal stoppagessweeping through the country's mining sector and beyond.

Later on, a trade union leader was shot dead near a mine runby platinum producer Lonmin in a potentiallyexplosive escalation of the two-month-old violent labour unrestthat took the death toll to 49.


South African stocks set a record high on Friday with miningshares among the top performers as investors chased bargains inthe sector battered in recent days by a wave of wildcatstrikes.

South Africa's rand extended its losses against the dollarto nearly 4 percent on Friday, plumbing a 3-1/2 year low asinvestors dumped local assets on worries about the impact of awave of illegal strikes sweeping Africa's biggest economy.


Asian stocks and other riskier assets such as commoditiesfell on Monday as investors remained cautious about the outlookfor the global economy and corporate earnings despitebetter-than-expected U.S. jobs numbers last week.


The S&P 500 broke a four-day string of gains, endingslightly lower on Friday as an unexpected drop in the U.S.unemployment rate was overshadowed by concerns about the comingearnings season, which begins with Alcoa next week.


Gold lost half a percent on Monday, on course for itssharpest one-day loss in three weeks as a surprisingly upbeatU.S. job market report dented the precious metal's appeal as ahedge against inflation.

EMERGING MARKETS For the top emerging markets news, double click on - - - - Some of the main stories out in the South African press: BUSINESS DAY - Fresh hope for platinum sector in talks on new deal - Strikes expected to take their toll on growth BUSINESS REPORT - Recession considered unlikely - Satawu calls for transport strike to spread to ports(Compiled by Agnieszka Flak)

((agnieszka.flak@thomsonreuters.com; +27 11 775 3154; ReutersMessaging: agnieszka.flak.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))


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