Category Archives: Investing

South African Market Review Quarter 1

By Vivian Atud   Johannesburg– Sunburst Africa–During the first quarter of 2015, SOUTH AFRICAN stock markets were buffeted by two substantial shocks. One may argue that the impact of these factors will continue into the second quarter. The all-share index lost 2.59 percent in the last 30 days of the first quarter and the trend may continue into the second […]

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Western banks axed 59,000 jobs last year, more cuts to come in Europe

From Reuters.com * More than 160,000 jobs lost across 24 banks in two years -data * U.S. banks axed 7.4 pct of staff, European lenders cut 4.1 pct * Euro zone banks need further cuts to improve returns -analysts * Move to digital banking could add to pressure on jobs By Steve Slater LONDON, March 30 (Reuters) – Top European […]

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Why Yesterday’s Gains Have Been Reversed on the JSE Today?

By Vivian Atud Johannesburg– Sunburst Africa–After recovering from a three day negative trade on Thursday, the JSE closed 0.84 percent in negative territory on Friday March 13th. The Thursday market rebound was mostly attributed to investors looking out for bargains following a three day market deep. Things changed on the JSE this afternoon as a continuous fall in oil prices […]

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Global Market and Economic Update

Economy Germany’s parliament approved an extension of Greece’s bailout today after Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble spoke in favor of the deal, telling parliament: “We Germans should do everything possible to keep Europe together as much as we can.” The Bundestag vote was the only major parliamentary hurdle for the four-month extension to the bailout program, as other EU countries are […]

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Nene’s Gift to Investors 

By Vivian Atud Johannesburg —Sunburst Africa–Investors sat on their hands awaiting the Minister of Finance’s budget speech at 2:00pm yesterday. Indeed he entered parliament like Father Christmas giving presents to all investors. You may be wondering where I am heading to with this. You may not even agree with me. Make no mistake, if you are an investor or a […]

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Why the JSE closed in the red yesterday

What? Johannesburg— Sunburst Africa—starting in positive territory, the JSE closed 0.05 percent in negative territory yesterday. The volume traded on the JSE yesterday was lower compared to the average trading volume for the past month. Why? Investors were less active on the JSE yesterday and this resulted in the market closing in negative territory. Total volume traded was R13.3 billion. […]

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Global Market and Economic updates

Economy European stocks are adding to the previous session’s gains, following mostly positive growth figures in the eurozone. Boosted by strong domestic demand and household spending, the German economy rose 0.7% in Q4 after expanding 0.1% in the previous three months, while data from France showed that GDP grew by 0.1% during the quarter, meeting analysts’ expectations. The eurozone economy […]

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Global matket and economic updates

Economy European stocks are heading lower, led by a 3.3% drop in Greek shares, as the country’s finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, meets with euro zone finance ministers in Brussels. Varoufakis is expected to propose a plan to end his country’s bailout and seek a temporary agreement to buy time for a properly negotiated settlement. Meanwhile, Greece’s new Syriza-led coalition government […]

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Global Economic and Stock Updates

Economy European stocks are on the decline after Greek PM Alexis Tsipras vowed to roll back austerity measures yesterday and stressed that his country would not be asking for an extension to its current bailout. The news was enough tobring down Athens’ ATG stock index 5.6%, following European markets, which are mostly in the red. S&P cut Greece’s sovereign debt […]

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Insiders at Famous Brands Sold 1,390,444 shares since January 04th 2015: Should you be worried?

by: Vivian Atud Johannesburg—Sunburst Africa—Insiders at famous brands Ltd (JSE Code: FBR) have within a period of just over a month sold 1,390444 shares worth over 130 million rands of the company since the beginning of 2015. Famous Brands Ltd. is Africa’s leading Quick Service and Casual Dining Restaurant franchisor which also has representation in the United Kingdom. The global footprint […]

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