macroafricaintel Daily Brief | 14 Jan

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

Global Markets
• Asia shares make cautious gains after Wall Street rises as US yields fall
• Dollar extends rebound as investors await US stimulus details, bitcoin bounces
• Twitter CEO says banning Trump was right decision but sets dangerous precedent
• House votes to impeach Trump again
• Oil price dip on rise in virus cases; US stock draw checks losses
• Brent down 5 cents at $56.01, WTI down 1 cent at $52.90 (0124GMT)
• Gold rises on inflation bets ahead of Biden unveiling stimulus
• Spot gold up 0.3% at $1,848.07, futures down 0.4% at $1,847.70 (0054GMT)

Key African events or data releases today
[Posts & comments at my Twitter handles @DrRafiqRaji, @macroafrica]
• Uganda holds general elections
• Ghana supreme court hears Mahama petition
• South Africa state capture inquiry continues
• Nigeria inflation Dec-20 [fcst. 15.8% yy, prev. 14.9%]
• Covid-19 updates by authorities across the continent

Key African events or data releases yesterday & early a.m today
Reuters
• Uganda orders internet blackout until further notice: MTN
• 3 UN peacekeepers killed, 6 wounded in Mali attack
• Cameroon army killed civilians in village raid, witnesses & lawyer say
• Ethiopia says ex-foreign minister killed by military after refusing to surrender
• Sudan’s Darfur displaced fearful as UN peacekeepers hand over to local forces
• US senators call for release of journalists in Ethiopia
• Over 80 killed in attack in Ethiopia border region with Sudan – state rights commission
• IMF approves $34.4 mln disbursement for CAR
• Gulf of Guinea pirate kidnappings hit record in 2020
• Sudan says Ethiopia military aircraft crossed border
• US cancels its observation of Uganda presidential election
• Data on AstraZeneca vaccine and South Africa variant should come soon, UK expert says
• Ethiopia warns Sudan it is running out of patience over border dispute
• Senegal in talks to buy covid vaccine from China’s Sinopharm, says minister
• Bullets and panic: rebels attack CAR capital
• Steinmetz denies corruption in Guinea case; says he was not in charge
• Nigeria senate president vows action on long-delayed oil reform law
• Tech investors eye Africa’s education & financial sectors

Bloomberg
• UN calls for probe into France raid that killed 19 in Mali
• Seychelles struggles to pay wages as covid-19 hits tourism
• Uganda authorities step up security ahead of fraught elections
• Zimbabwe trade data offer glimmer of hope to beleaguered economy
• Sudan says Ethiopia plane breached border
• AU secures about 300 mln covid-19 vaccines
• Zimbabwe invites tenders for oxygen supply as covid cases surge

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

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