macroafricaintel Daily Brief | 11 Oct

By Rafiq Raji, PhD
Twitter: @DrRafiqRaji

Global Markets

  • Asian shares up as “very good” trade talks boost risk appetite
  • MSCI Asia ex-Japan +1.2%; Nikkei +1%
  • Oil rises on OPEC head comments, trade deal hopes
  • Trump says US-China negotiations “very, very good”

Oil Markets

  • Oil extends gains on prospect of deeper OPEC output cuts, trade talks hopes
  • Brent up 0.4% at $59.34 a barrel (0034GMT)
  • WTI up 0.4% at $53.74

Precious metals

  • Gold steadies as investors await concrete signals on trade, Brexit
  • Palladium holds near all-time peak
  • Technical resistance for gold around $1,520/oz. – analyst
  • Gold eyes small weekly decline
  • Spot gold up 0.2% at $1,496.49/oz.
  • US gold futures little changed at $1,501/oz.


  • Corn rebounds from 10-day low, set for first weekly loss in five
  • Wheat futures unchanged at $4.93 per bushel
  • Corn futures up 0.6% at $3.82-1/2 per bushel
  • Soy futures up 0.7% at $9.29-1/2 per bushel
  • Rice futures down 0.2% at $12.02 per hundredweight

Key African events or data releases today
[Posts & comments at my Twitter handle @DrRafiqRaji]

  • Africa oil & power conference in Cape Town, South Africa; 9-11 Oct

Key African events or data releases yesterday & early a.m today
[Posted & commented on some headlines below at my Twitter handle @DrRafiqRaji]

  • Egypt discovers archaeological industrial zone in Luxor’s ‘Valley of the Monkeys’
  • Nigeria seeks $62 bln from oil companies – attorney general
  • Ivory Coast, Ghana to ‘re-examine’ cocoa industry’s sustainability schemes
  • Africa Oil – Spot trade grinds to a halt as freight rates skyrocket
  • Egypt’s annual urban consumer inflation falls to 4.8% in Sept as reforms bite
  • Vedanta to shut down Skorpion zinc operations Namibia for 4 months
  • South African rand stronger as dollar dips, stocks up
  • Egypt’s core inflation at 2.6% in Sept from 4.9% in August –
  • Sudan appoints first female judiciary head to fight corruption
  • Ethiopia’s peacemaking prime minister emerges as a Nobel favourite
  • US Treasury sanctions Gupta family, associate for South Africa graft
  • Zambia says owes major mining firms $215 mln in tax refunds
  • International donors pledge $14 bln to tackle AIDS – Macron
  • Africa FX – Ugandan shilling seen weakening after rate cut
  • Congo’s ebola outbreak slows but still entrenched in insecure areas – WHO
  • South African cement group PPC’s CFO Ramano to step down
  • Congo Republic president’s adviser awarded oil licenses at heart of Eni probe
  • Asia Rice – African demand boosts Vietnam rates, India prices dip to 4-mth low
  • Egypt eyes minority stake sales of state firms by end-Dec but doubts persist
  • Equatorial Guinea says currency caps will hurt Gulf of Guinea energy prospects
  • Royal Air Maroc suspends deal for 2 more Boeing 737 MAX planes – source
  • South Africa’s manufacturing down 1.8% y/y in August
  • Nigeria plans to team up with Cameroon to agree cocoa premium
  • S&P Global says no immediate pressure on South Africa rating
  • Rwanda launches first ‘Made in Africa’ smartphones

N.B. Full stories of above headlines are available on Reuters

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