Asian shares rose to a one-month high on Thursday and were
on track for their best annual performance since 2009, while
commodity-driven currencies were buoyed by a strong copper,
which held near a four-year peak.
WORLD OIL PRICES
Oil prices were stable on Thursday with trading activity
drying up ahead of the New Year weekend.
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SOUTH AFRICA MARKETS
South Africa's rand rallied to its strongest in nine months
on Wednesday, still riding the wave of positive sentiment
after Cyril Ramaphosa's election as the leader of the ruling
African National Congress and a global rise in resources
The United States has formally agreed to sell 12 Super
Tucano A-29 planes and weapons to Nigeria, the West African
country's air force said, confirming the resurrection of a
deal frozen by the Obama administration over rights
The Kenyan shilling was under pressure against the
dollar on Wednesday due to dollar demand from oil and retail
importers as money markets resumed trading, traders
A prize-winning New York-based Cameroonian novelist will be
freed from jail and expelled from his native country after
being held for nearly three weeks on charges of insulting
and threatening the president, his lawyer said on
The Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE) has put on its watch list
three distressed companies including Cocoa Processing
Company (CPC) for possible delisting if their financials do
not improve by the end of May, the exchange said on
The Comoros government has asked Interpol and the U.S.
authorities for information related to foreigners, including
two people accused of breaking sanctions on Iran, who have
bought the country's passports to facilitate their
activities, the foreign minister told Reuters.
Congo Republic's government said on Wednesday it planned to
cut spending next year by 8.6 percent to 1.38 trillion CFA
francs ($2.5 billion), following a 45 percent cut to the
2017 budget this month, as it seeks an International
Monetary Fund bailout.
Former soccer star George Weah's camp said on Wednesday he
was set to win Liberia's presidential election run-off over
Vice President Joseph Boakai, based on precinct-level vote
tallies it said were trickling in from across the
Retired army chief Constantino Chiwenga and veteran
politician Kembo Mohadi will be sworn in as Zimbabwe's vice
presidents on Thursday, state-run Zimbabwe Broadcasting
Corporation said on Wednesday.