South African Markets - Factors to watch on April 20
JOHANNESBURG, April 20
JOHANNESBURG, April 20 (Reuters) - The following company announcements, scheduled economic indicators, debt and currency market moves and political events may affect South African markets on Friday.
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South African stocks ticked up on Thursday for a third day running, boosted by solid demand at a Spanish bond sale and led by the likes of miner BHP Billiton, which extended gains from the previous session on better-than-expected output figures.
South Africa's rand and government bonds slipped on Thursday, taking a break after sharp rallies earlier in the week and as investors fretted about the euro zone debt crisis.
Asian shares fell and commodity-linked currencies such as the Australian dollar slipped on Friday after disappointing U.S. economic data stirred doubts about the strength of the recovery.
Renewed worries on the euro zone debt crisis also kept riskier assets under pressure, as a better-than-feared Spanish bond auction failed to allay concerns that Spain may follow Greece, Ireland and Portugal in needing an international bailout.
U.S. stocks fell for a second day on Thursday as labor market data showed more signs of weakness, while a warning from Qualcomm and poor results from Stanley Black & Decker also discouraged investors.
A late bounce cut the Dow's and the S&P 500's losses almost in half.
Gold held steady on Friday in listless trading as persistent concerns about the euro zone's finances and disappointing U.S. economic data put off most investors.
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Some of the main stories out in the South African press:
- Stiglitz gives nod to S.Africa's ambitious build plans
- S&P warns of risk of 'credit bubble' if unsecured lending growth persists
- E-tolling leaves taxis in the dark
- Infrastructure drive to stimulate S.Africa's economic growth - Stiglitz (Compiled by Olivia Kumwenda)