African Markets – Factors to watch on Oct 21 – Reuters

The following company announcements, scheduled economic indicators, debt and currency market
moves and political events may affect African markets on Friday.
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GLOBAL MARKETS
Asian stocks were mostly lower on Friday as the dollar
climbed to seven-month highs against a basket of currencies
and dragged down crude oil prices, cooling investor risk
appetite.

WORLD OIL PRICES
Oil prices fell on Friday, pulled down by a stronger dollar,
but traders said there were signs that physical fuel markets
were tightening after two years of ballooning oversupply.

EMERGING MARKETS
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AFRICA CURRENCIES
The Tanzanian and Ugandan currencies are expected to
strengthen modestly next week, while those of Nigeria, Kenya
and Zambia are likely to remain steady.

SOUTH AFRICA MARKETS
South Africa’s rand weakened, reflecting a firmer dollar
after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said the
bank had not discussed ending or extending its asset-buying
programme when it met on Thursday.

NIGERIA MARKETS
Nigeria’s central bank has sold around $313 million in a
two-month forward auction to clear backlog dollar demand,
Citibank wrote in a note to clients on Thursday.

NIGERIA PROPERTY
A property market crash in Nigeria offers opportunities for
brave investors betting that Africa’s most populous nation
will deliver high returns when it climbs out of recession.

GHANA BUDGET
Ghana’s parliament on Thursday approved state spending of
almost 11 billion cedis ($2.75 billion) through the first
quarter of 2017 in advance of an annual budget to be
delivered after elections in December.

ZAMBIA ECONOMY
Zambia’s economy should grow three percent this year, little
changed from 2015, while the fiscal deficit will widen after
Africa’s second largest copper producer was hit by depressed
metal prices, Finance Minister Felix Mutati said on
Thursday.

ZIMBABWE IMF
Zimbabwe has cleared its 15-year-old financial arrears with
the International Monetary Fund, a first step towards a new
IMF loan program for the drought-stricken, cash-starved
country, the Fund said on Thursday.

ETHIOPIA PROTESTS
Ethiopian authorities said on Thursday they had detained
1,645 people since declaring a state of emergency less than
two weeks ago in a bid to quell mass protests and violence.