The South African bond market was weaker on Thursday morning due to a weaker rand and uncertainty about the political environment.
Governor Gill Marcus says the South African Reserve Bank will maintain the current repo rate.
The US agriculture department has met with Agriculture Deputy Minister Pieter Mulder to discuss trade opportunities with sub-Saharan Africa.
Monetary policy decisions by the US Federal Reserve and SA Reserve Bank will keep economists and investors on the edge of their seats this week.
Plans underway by Angela Merkel's Chancellory could see the power to deal with struggling banks move from national to European level.
Richemont's revenue growth has slowed in China as a result of more prudent Chinese consumers and a government crack-down on jewellery used as bribes.
Adcorp estimates that in the last decade the economy has lost R55.2-billion cumulative terms due to sickness.
Labour strikes, the US's possible intervention in Syria and data from South Africa, China and the UK will determine this week's economic mood.
Beleaguered Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia will sell its mobile phone unit to US group Microsoft for €5.44-billion.
The spectre of a US airstrike on Syria will loom over global markets as the uncertain implications of military action keep investors jittery.
Economists will be on the lookout for growth figures from the US and SA, while the Bank of England's governor will seek to clarify policy intentions.
Greedy for large profits, JP Morgan laid itself open and a single trader cost it $5.8-billion. Eleni Giokos reports.
The rand has been caught in a brutal pincer of dependence on weak European markets, domestic turmoil and tighter US monetary policy.
SA's latest inflation figures, manufacturing updates from China and housing data from the US are some of this week's big items on the data diary.
All eyes are on consumers as the markets wait for updates on the eurozone recession, US consumer sentiment and SA retail sales, writes Matt Quigley.
Banks cut 5 500 branches across the European Union last year, 2.5% of the total, leaving the region with 20 000 fewer outlets since 2008.
An increase in gold prices pushed international reserves up for the first time this year.
Khanyi Dhlomo's high-end boutique, Luminance, is set to host celebrity designers as part of a skills transfer programme.
Unions are fuming over Pravin Gordhan's decision to slash bonuses while remaining silent on Nkandla. But an official says his silence is political.