The following company announcements, scheduled economic indicators, debt and currency market moves and political events may affect African markets on Monday. - - - - - GLOBAL MARKETS A relief rally swept across Asian share markets on Monday after the latest U.S. jobs report managed to impress with its strength while also easing fears of inflation and faster rate hikes, a neat feat that whetted risk appetites globally. WORLD OIL PRICES Oil markets edged up on Monday on the back of a drop in the number of U.S. rigs drilling for more production and as the U.S. economy continued to create jobs, which industry hopes will drive higher fuel demand. EMERGING MARKETS For the top emerging markets news, double click on AFRICA STOCKS For the latest news on African stocks, click on SOUTH AFRICA MARKETS South Africa's rand firmed on Friday after U.S. jobs data pointed to slower wage growth, which could temper expectations that the Federal Reserve will raise its forecast for how many times it hikes interest rates this year. NIGERIA MARKETS Nigeria's central bank said on Friday it had injected $355.43 million into the interbank foreign exchange market, as part of its efforts to boost liquidity and alleviate dollar shortages. NIGERIA TAXES Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has approved an increase in excise duties on tobacco and alcoholic beverages, the finance ministry said in a statement on Sunday. NIGERIA Foreign exchange RESERVES Nigeria's foreign exchange reserves rose to $46 billion as at the close of business on March 9, the central bank said in a statement on Sunday. KENYA MARKETS The Kenyan shilling edged up against the dollar on Friday, helped by low demand and conversions from horticulture earnings, traders said. KENYA POLITICS Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga promised on Friday to unite the country after elections last year in which around 100 people were killed mainly in clashes between opposition supporters and security forces. GHANA MARKETS The Bank of Ghana said the yield on its weekly 91-day bill dipped to 13.34 percent at an auction on Friday, from 13.37 percent at the last sale on March 2. IVORY COAST COCOA Ivory Coast's Coffee and Cocoa Council (CCC) will suspend programmes for the 2018-19 season that boost cocoa output, it said on Friday, aiming to reduce production in the face of global oversupply. SIERRA LEONE POLITICS Sierra Leone's presidential election results were too close to call after three quarters of the votes had been counted on Sunday, with the two frontrunners neck-and-neck, making a second round highly likely. BOTSWANA MINING Botswana has paid Norilsk Nickel $45 million to settle a dispute after its state-run mining company pulled out of buying a stake in a South African mine from the Russian firm, the minerals minister said on Friday. DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO MINING Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila signed into law on Friday a new mining code that raises royalties and taxes on operators, the presidency said in a statement.