17h47 South Africa's parliament passed changes to its main petroleum law on Wednesday, giving the state a stake of 20 percent in new gas and oil exploration and production ventures, a move industry said would have a chilling effect on investment.
13h56 South African steel and vanadium producer Evraz Highveld said on Wednesday it was unable to borrow more money after it posted a loss for the second straight year, and said there was doubt about the company's future as a going concern.
19h22 Copper rebounded from earlier
losses on Wednesday as a sell-off triggered by concerns about
the impact of credit problems in China was considered overdone,
but further gains were capped by lingering worries about the
outlook for demand.
stronger-than-expected payrolls report did more than ease
concerns about U.S. economic fundamentals - it also seemed to
justify Wall Street's record levels, suggesting the market's
uptrend could continue.
19h00 Supporters and foes of
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro took to the streets of
Caracas again on Wednesday a month after similar rival rallies
brought the first bloodshed in a wave of unrest round the OPEC
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