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26 May 2016: Sygnia interim results March 2016
The following results are the company's maiden interim results. Revenue came in at R131.4 million whilst profit from operations was R48.6 million. Total...more

25 May 2016: Deneb final results 31 March 2016
Revenue from continuing operations for the year was R2.715 billion (2015: R2.665 billion) whilst gross profit increased to R628.9 million (2015: R605.8...more

19 May 2016: Investec plc final results March 2016
Net interest income for the year lowered to GBP573.8 million (GBP635.0 million). Operating profit came in at GBP523.0 million (GBP485.0 million). Earnings...more

ZAR News
19 Apr 2016: EMERGING MARKETS Q1 2016 RECAP: A TRUN IN FORTUNES (By Mark Mobius, Templeton Emerging Markets Group)
Overall, the first-quarter of the year (Q1) was marked by a turn in fortunes for emerging markets, which saw many investors return to the asset class after a challenging 2015. In our opinion, the long-term investment case for emerging markets remains positive for a number of reasons. Economic growth...more

13 Apr 2016: 'ECONOMY STILL GROWING, BUT AT SUBDUED RATE' (By Dr Caroline Belrose, BankservAfrica)
BETI shows slight improvement on a year ago, but below February numbers.

The March 2016 BankservAfrica Economic Transaction Index (BETI) showed a slight improvement on March 2015, but was significantly more modest than the February numbers. In February the month-on-month change was a very...more

06 Apr 2016: S&P ECONOMISTS REVISE DOWNWARD FORECAST FOR SA GROWTH IN 2016 (By Tatiana Lysenko, Standard & Poor's)
A range of adverse global and domestic factors continue to weaken South Africa's macroeconomic outlook, Standard & Poor's economists said in a report published today.

Last year, economic growth slowed to 1.3%, below the estimated rate of population growth, implying a contraction of output...more

Producer Price Index (PPI) & Key Findings: April 2016
Final manufactured goods – Headline PPI
The annual percentage change in the PPI for final manufactured goods was 7.0% in April 2016 (compared with 7.1% in March 2016). From March 2016 to April 2016 the PPI for final manufactured goods increased by 0.8%.
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Consumer Price Index (CPI) & Key Findings: April 2016
The headline CPI (for all urban areas) annual inflation rate in April 2016 was 6.2%.

This rate was 0.1 of a percentage point lower than the corresponding annual rate of 6.3% in March 2016.

On average, prices increased by 0.8% between March 2016 and April 2016.

CPI Headline April 2016 = 6.2%.

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Weekly Economic Briefing
by Forecaster Ecosa cc
Week Ending - 8 January 2016
  1. The rand touched a record R17,9950/US1 on 11 January from R16,30/US$1 on 8 January 2016, R13,04/$1 on 19 October 2015 and R11,41/$1 on 4 February 2015.
  2. The JSE all share index ended 2015 at 50 693,76, down 8,1% on the 24 April peak of 55 188,337.
  3. The African National Congress (ANC) 8 January statement put local government at “the apex of priorities.”
  4. The national matriculation pass rate slipped to 70,7% in 2015 from 75,8% in 2014 and 78,2% in 2013.
  5. Bulk export volumes rose by 7,3% in 2015 to a record 168 million tons (Mt) after only a 2,6% gain in 2014 and a 2,8% rise in 2013.
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Profile's Financial Markets 2014/2015 - Market Review
The review section of the 2014/2015 issue includes the following articles:
  • BA 900 summary of SA banks – April 2014: Ratings Africa
  • Financial Services Sector Faces a Growing List of Reforms: Sungard Systems South Africa (Pty) Ltd. 
  • Gold bulls silenced – but for how long?: Ciaran Ryan
  • JSE punches above its weight in global terms: Ciaran Ryan
  • The year so far – what’s happening on the JSE: Cannon Asset Managers
  • Why derivatives can strengthen your portfolio: JSE
  • Shareholder activism is winning the war for investor returns: Ciaran Ryan
  • Performance of Passive and Active Investment Methods: etfSA 
  • Retirement – is this the most neglected topic in South Africa?: Old Mutual Corporate
  • India and South Africa afflicted with similar illnesses, but chose different medicines: ETM Analytics
  • Global Market Report for the 12 months ended March 2014: Charles Campher
  • Ghana’s deteriorating business environment holds lessons for the rest of Africa: ETM Analytics
  • Nigerian Insurance Market: Fitch Ratings 
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Key Market Indicators
As at 26 May 2016
Indicator Close Move(%)
BRENT 49.74 2.32%
GOLD 1225.00 -0.24%
USDEUR 0.90 0.01%
USDZAR 15.65 -0.03%
EURGBP 0.76 0.05%
USDJPY 109.73 -0.53%
USALB 1.82 -1.09%
STEFI 3.41 0.02%
BA RATE 5.64 0.00% -
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