The following company announcements, scheduled economicindicators, debt and currency market moves and political eventsmay affect South African markets on Friday.
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- Reserve Bank Governor Gill Marcus speaks at Maths Centrein Johannesburg. 1000 GMT
- Reserve Bank Deputy Governor Francois Groepe speaks at UBSEconomics Conference. 1100 GMT
- Zambia finance minister presents 2013 national budget.1300 GMT
SOUTH AFRICA STRIKES
A deal to end a three-week truck driver strike in SouthAfrica, which has hit deliveries of fuel, cash and consumergoods, is imminent, the Road Freight Employers Association saidon Friday.
COMPANIES - Evraz Highveld will report Q3 results. SOUTH AFRICAN MARKETS
South African shares rose for a second day on Thursday, asRichemont gained on an improved outlook for luxurygoods and as investors piled into stocks they consideredoversold following weeks of labour unrest.
South Africa's rand edged up against the dollar on Thursdayon tentative hopes of a resolution to the strikes that havewreaked havoc particularly in the key mining sector in the pasttwo months.
Asian stocks and the euro steadied on Friday, but were oncourse for a losing week as worries about weak corporateearnings and slowing global economic growth limit the appeal ofriskier assets.
U.S. stocks ended flat on Thursday after gains brought by asign of improvement in the labor market were erased in part by adrop in Apple shares after a legal setback in a courtruling.
Gold was little changed on Friday after gaining in theprevious session when the dollar eased from a one-month high,although it remained on target for its biggest weekly drop intwo months.
EMERGING MARKETS For the top emerging markets news, double click on - - - - Some of the main stories out in the South African press: BUSINESS DAY - Zuma calls summit in bid to end strike wave - Drug firms get ready to bid for state's new AIDS tender BUSINESS REPORT - SA must not reach crisis point, Zuma urges - Lenders prey on miners - Davies
(Compiled by Agnieszka Flak)
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