macroafricaintel Daily Brief | 15 Dec

By Rafiq Raji, PhD
Twitter: @DrRafiqRaji, @macroafrica

Global Markets
• ‘Democracy prevailed,’ Biden says after electoral college confirms his win
• Moderna Covid-19 vaccine documents accessed in EMA cyberattack
• US homeland security, thousands of businesses scramble after suspected Russia hack
• Oil slips on demand worries as covid-19 lockdowns tighten
• Brent down 0.8% at $49.89, WTI down 0.8% at $46.63 (0506GMT)
• Gold firms as US stimulus progress weighs on dollar
• Spot gold up 0.2% at $1,831.64/oz., futures up 0.3% at $1,836.50 (0322GMT)

Key African events or data releases today
[Posts & comments at my Twitter handles @DrRafiqRaji, @macroafrica]
• Guinea’s Conde swears oath of office for 3rd term
• Nigeria inflation Nov-20 [fcst. 14.5% yy, prev. 14.2%]
• Ghana’s Akufo-Addo visits Ivory Coast, Guinea & UK (from 14 Dec)
• South Africa producer inflation Nov-20 [fcst. 3.2% yy, prev. 2.7%]
• Afreximbank launches African trade report
• Covid-19 updates by authorities across the continent

Key African events or data releases yesterday & early a.m today
Reuters
• Ethiopia’s war-scarred Tigray region regains some services
• Boys escaped through forest after gunmen abducted their friends at Nigeria school
• Congo president Tshisekedi says most lawmakers back his vision
• Morocco authorities prevent protest against Israel ties in Rabat
• South Africa tightens restrictions further as covid-19 infections rise
• Gunmen kill 28, burn 800 houses in Niger attack blamed on terrorists
• US takes Sudan off terrorism list after 27 years
• eSwatini’s prime minister, who tested positive for covid-19, dies
• J&J has applied to South Africa for registering covid-19 vaccine – regulator
• UN agency says more than 400,000 flee Mozambique militant attacks
• Sudan PM visits Ethiopia to discuss Tigray fighting

Bloomberg
• ‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero sues Greece air charter for aiding abduction
• South Africa limits alcohol sales, closes beaches to curb covid
• Nigeria state says 337 students missing after gunmen attack
• South Africa consumer mood subdued despite partial recovery
• South Africa’s Eskom sees fourth annual loss as debt woes remain
• Egypt economic pivot takes shape as army firms go up for sale
• US lifts Sudan listing as terror sponsor after quarter-century
• Bank dividend talk still a non-starter for South Africa watchdog
• eSwatini prime minister Dlamini dies of unknown cause after covid diagnosis
• Algeria’s absent president says to return to country soon

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

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