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African Markets - Factors to watch on Jan. 12 - REUTERS

JANUARY 12, 2018

NAIROBI, Jan 12 (Reuters) - The following company announcements, scheduled economic indicators, debt and currency market moves and political events may affect African markets on Friday. - - - - -

GLOBAL MARKETS Asian stocks resumed their ascent on Friday, supported by U.S. earnings optimism and a rise in oil prices while the euro edged higher as the European Central Bank signalled an end to its massive stimulus.

WORLD OIL PRICES Oil prices eased on Friday after hitting their highest levels since December, 2014 the previous day.

EMERGING MARKETS For the top emerging markets news, double click on AFRICA STOCKS For the latest news on African stocks, click on SOUTH AFRICA MARKETS South Africa's rand was flat on Thursday, taking a breather after a week of volatile trade driven by swirling speculation that President Jacob Zuma would step down before his term ends in 2019.

NIGERIA MARKETS Nigeria's main stock index rose to above 43,000 points on Thursday, a level last seen in October 2008, after local and foreign funds bought shares across several sectors.

AFRICA ENERGY China's Sinopec Corp inched closer on Thursday to victory over Glencore in their battle for Chevron's CVX.N South Africa and Botswana assets, saying the South African government favoured its bid.

KENYA COMPANIES Kenya Airways KQNA.NR expects its daily direct flights to the United States that it launches for the first time in October to boost annual revenue by 10 percent from 2019, the chief executive said on Thursday.

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