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Listed Company Financial News
25 Apr 2017: Efficient interim results February 2017
Revenue for the interim period increased by 9% to R465 million (2016: R428.2 million). Operating profit remained at R24.2 million (2016: R24.2 million)....more

24 Apr 2017: Purple interim results February 2017
Revenue for the interim period took a 43% knock to R37.4 million (R65.5 million). Net loss came in at R15.1 million (income of R18.2 million). Loss attributable...more

19 Apr 2017: PSG final results February 2017
Revenue from the sale of goods increased to R14.4 billion (2016: R13.0 billion). Profit for the year attributable to owners of the parent grew to R2.2...more

ZAR News
11 Apr 2017: AFTER THE DOWNGRADES (By Dave Mohr, Izak Odendaal, Old Mutual)
South Africa experienced tremors of the seismic, political and economic kind over the past two weeks. A few days after the midnight Cabinet reshuffle in which Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy were replaced, S&P Global Ratings cut South Africa's sovereign credit ratings. Foreign currency...more

Similar concerns led Fitch Ratings agency to downgrade the country's long-term foreign and local currency ratings by one notch from BBB- (investment grade) to BB+ (junk status).

Following the lead of Standard and Poor's Global Ratings (S&P), Fitch downgraded SA’s foreign currency rating...more

* Exits by PE firms in Africa hit an all-time high of 48 exits (compared to 44 in 2015)
* The largest number of exits are still in South Africa, with 44% of total exits in Africa * A significant uptick in exits to PE and other financial buyers occurred in 2016

Africa has...more

Consumer Price Index (CPI) & Key Findings: March 2017
The headline CPI (for all urban areas) annual inflation rate in March 2017 was 6.1%.
This rate was 0.2 of a percentage point lower than the corresponding annual rate of 6.3% in February 2017.
On average, prices increased by 0.6% between February 2017 and March 2017.
CPI Headline March 2017 = 6.1%.
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Producer Price Index (PPI) & Key Findings: February 2017
Final manufactured goods – Headline PPI
The annual percentage change in the PPI for final manufactured goods was 5.6% in February 2017 (compared with 5.9% in January 2017). From January 2017 to February 2017 the PPI for final manufactured goods increased by 0.6%.
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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 24 April 2017
Indicator Close Move(%)
BRENT 51.96 -1.94%
GOLD 1275.30 -0.58%
USDEUR 0.93 -0.10%
USDZAR 13.12 -0.07%
EURGBP 0.84 0.06%
USDJPY 109.95 0.89%
USALB 2.25 1.81%
STEFI 3.65 0.06%
BA RATE 5.40 0.00% -
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