The following company announcements, scheduled economicindicators, debt and currency market moves and political eventsmay affect South African markets on Wednesday.
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- Power utility Eskom auctions up to 350 million rand intotal of its 2028 and 2033 bonds. 0900 GMT
- Reserve Bank Governor Gill Marcus speaks at RhodesUniversity Business School. 0800 GMT ï¿½
SOUTH AFRICA STRIKES
Some of South Africa's striking truckers have agreed toreturn to work on Wednesday, easing pressure on Africa's biggesteconomy where two weeks of labour unrest in the transport sectorhave hit supplies of fuel, cash and consumergoods.
SOUTH AFRICAN MARKETS
South African stocks extended losses on Tuesday as aslightly firmer local currency helped reverse the gainsmade by so-called rand hedges like British American Tobacco.
The rand firmed more than 1.4 percent against the dollar onTuesday, on track for its first daily gain in five tradingsessions, as investors responded to news that some of thethousands of striking truckers are returning to work.
Asian shares fell on Wednesday, with Japan's stocks slidingmore than 1.5 percent to a two-month low, and the safe-havendollar firmed on concerns that the corporate results season willreveal weaker earnings in the face of flagging global economicgrowth.
U.S. stocks fell on Tuesday, led by losses in technologyafter brokerage downgrades of Intel and other major companies asworries increased about third-quarter U.S. earnings.
Gold hovered above $1,760 an ounce on Wednesday after threeconsecutive sessions of losses, as a murky outlook for globalgrowth buoyed the dollar, putting pressure on bullion.
EMERGING MARKETS For the top emerging markets news, double click on - - - - Some of the main stories out in the South African press: BUSINESS DAY - Gold One axes strikers as standstill rocks sector - Brasher looks forward to his new challenge BUSINESS REPORT - Outflow on bonds a threat to deficit - SA mines must mechanise to survive - Ramphele
(Reporting by Agnieszka Flak; editing by David Dolan)
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