macroafricaintel Daily Brief | 4 Jan

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

Global Markets
• Asia shares reach record, Nikkei restrained by lockdown risk
• Bitcoin trades near Sunday record of $34,800 following 800% surge
• Asia factories shake off covid-19 hit, tighter controls cloud outlook
• Oil prices slip after OPEC warns of downside risks to demand in first-half 2021
• Brent down 0.1% at $51.76, WTI down 0.2% at $48.43 (0038GMT)
• Gold scales 8-wk high as tighter lockdown measures loom
• Spot gold up 1.1% at $1,919.07/oz., futures up 1.5% at $1,923.50 (0246GMT)

Key African events or data releases today
[Posts & comments at my Twitter handles @DrRafiqRaji, @macroafrica]
• OPEC+ ministers meet
• Kenya reopens schools; after covid-induced closure
• Ghana dissolves 7th & inaugurates 8th parliament (6-7 Jan); press briefing today (4 Jan)
• Ghana’s Akufo-Addo delivers state of the nation address (5 Jan)
• Covid-19 updates by authorities across the continent

Key African events or data releases over the weekend & early a.m today
Reuters
• Niger village attacks killed 100, says prime minister
• CAR rebels attack and enter town before election results announced
• Somalia militant group says behind Turkey company attack, four dead
• Two France soliders killed in Mali – French presidency
• Militant group says it was behind killing of France soldiers in Mali
• At least 70 killed in suspected militant attacks in Niger – security sources
• ‘Overwhelmed’ Zimbabwe tightens covid-19 restrictions, orders most businesses closed
• Burkina Faso president vows ‘true reconciliation’
• Breaking with predecessor, Congo’s Tshisekedi seeks new parliamentary base
• At least 17 villagers hacked to death in eastern Congo
• Africa free trade bloc opens for business, but challenges remain
• Ethiopia rights body says security forces killed at least 76 in summer unrest after musician’s killing
• Chad locks down capital for first time as covid-19 cases rise

Bloomberg
• Pfizer to supply Africa healthcare workers with vaccines
• Mozambique insurgents attack within Total’s LNG concession area
• Health leaders ask South Africa to fire officials on vaccine delay
• Zimababe begins 30-day lockdown regulations as infections rise
• Algeria acquits ex-spy chiefs jailed on conspiracy, Ennahar says
• Niger ruling party candidate, ex-president to vie in runoff vote
• Egypt signs oil, gas exploration agreements worth $1 bln
• South Africa starts trading under new deals with UK, Africa bloc
• Total asks Mozambique staff to leave as attacks near LNG project
• At least 25 killed by rebels in eastern Congo; some beheaded
• Ethiopia group seeks probe of violence after musician’s killing
• Africa heralds onset of free-trade pact after years of talks
• Mali former prime minister faces charges over alleged coup plan

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

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