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The following company announcements, scheduled economic indicators, debt and currency market moves and political events may affect South African markets on Thursday.
S&P Global Ratings hosts webcast after it slashed South Africa's sovereign rating to junk.
No major company events scheduled.
South Africa's Sibanye Gold led the bourse lower on Wednesday as it prepared to raise cash to fund an acquisition in the U.S. as well as a weaker bullion price.
On the foreign exchange market, the rand ZAR=D3 was little changed 0.11 percent to 13.3100 per dollar by 1612 GMT.
Asian stocks erased early losses and edged higher on Thursday as signs of resilience emerged in some markets, while steadying commodity prices - especially for oil - prompted some bargain hunting among investors.
The S&P 500 and Dow closed lower and the Nasdaq advanced on Wednesday as investors digested the latest round of earnings, while a drop in oil prices weighed on the energy sector.
Gold prices held firm on Thursday after falling as much as 1 percent the previous day, with tensions surrounding North Korea and the upcoming French presidential election driving safe-haven demand amid a firmer dollar.
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Some of the main stories out in the South African press:
- Question mark hovers over bond issues in SA
- Allan Gray confirms social grants worries
- PnP to spend R1.8bn on new stores
- Eskom should toe the line, Gigaba says