macroafricaintel Daily Brief | 8 Jan

By Rafiq Raji, PhD
Twitter: @DrRafiqRaji

Global Markets

  • Stocks tumble, gold & crude soar after Iran strike on US forces
  • MSCI Asia ex-Japan falls 1%
  • Iran launches missile attacks on Iraqi bases housing US forces [Iran signals retaliatory measures largely symbolic; Trump reply suggest likely relatively muted reaction from US]
  • Crude futures, gold soar amid fears of further escalation
  • US treasury yields fall amid flight to safety

Oil Markets

  • Oil jumps as Iran rocket strike on US forces jolts markets
  • Brent touches 4-mth high before investor tensions ease
  • Brent jumps 2.3% (0207GMT); WTI up 2%
  • Iran strike stokes fears of wider conflict, supply disruption
  • ‘It’s getting really serious’ – analyst
  • Brent up 2.3% at $69.83 (0207GMT); earlier rose to $71.75
  • WTI up 2% at $63.95

Precious metals

  • Gold soars past $1,600/oz. after Iran attack on US forces
  • Spot gold up 1.9% at $1,603.21/oz. (0056GMT)
  • US gold futures up 2% at $1,605.80/oz.


  • Soybeans fall on Middle East conflict fears
  • Soybean futures down 0.4% at $9.40-1/4 a bushel (0147GMT)
  • Corn futures down 0.5% at $3.82-3/4 a bushel
  • Wheat futures down 0.7% at $5.46-1/4 a bushel

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

  • Kenya’s Miguna finally expected in Nairobi; after much drama in Frankfurt
  • South Africa’s Ramaphosa in Northern Cape for ANC Pre-Jan. 8 mass mobilization drive
  • South Africa foreign exchange reserves Dec-19 [prev. $54.893B]
  • South Africa ABSA manufacturing PMI Dec-19 [prev. 47.7]
  • Guinea-Bissau awaits court ruling on presidential election challenge

Key African events or data releases yesterday & early a.m today

  • Morocco to spend $12 bln to secure water supply over next 7 years
  • South Africa’s Desmond Tutu & Al Gore urge end to fossil fuels
  • Ethiopia GDP forecast to grow 10.8% in 2019/20 –
  • European powers condemn Turkish plans to send troops to Libya
  • 4 Kenyan school children killed in al Shabaab attack on telecom mast
  • South Africa’s struggling Eskom to cut power overnight
  • Africa Oil – Angolan selling but supply remains ample
  • South African rand firms as demand for riskier currencies returns
  • EU’s Borrell rejects Turkish plans to send military to Libya
  • Italy’s Di Maio says Europe must do more to help stabilise Libya
  • Kenyan retailer Nakumatt to close as creditors back liquidation
  • Russia’s VTB sues Mozambique over loan in $2 bln debt scandal
  • Egyptair suspends flights to Baghdad for 3 days – statement
  • Tripoli-aligned forces say they quit Libya’s Sirte to avoid bloodshed
  • Kenyan shilling weakens due to importer demand for dollars
  • EU, Italy, UK, France, Germany to discuss Libya in Brussels on Tuesday
  • Creditors of Kenyan retailer Nakumatt vote to unwind the chain – administrator
  • Muted importer demand for dollars supports Ugandan shilling
  • Chalco ships first cargo from Guinea bauxite project

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

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