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  • SABMiller's shares ebb on disappointing sales
  • Earlier today, SABMiller released a trading update for its third quarter to the end of December. With sales struggling in developed markets, emerging markets helped the brewer's sales out for the period. Investors didn't like what they saw in the update, with shares in SABMiller falling on the news. Let's take a closer look at what the trading update revealed… SABMiller Plc, the world’s seco... ››› more
  • [21 January 2014]
  • Retail sales surprise in November
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released its retail sales data for November. The numbers surprised to the upside, well exceeding economists' expectations. But is this just a flash in the pan? Let's take a closer look at what the data reveals… Retail sales in South Africa grew “at 4.2% year-on-year in November,” reports Fin24. This well exceeded expectations. Stats SA also revised October’s re... ››› more
  • [15 January 2014]
  • The rand creeps slightly stronger on back of US jobs data
  • Friday saw the long awaited release of the US's non-farm payrolls data. The data showed jobs growth was far less than analysts expected. This led the rand to strengthen slightly. And the rand has managed to hold onto these slight gains over the weekend. Let's take a closer look at what's happening with the rand… Late on Friday the “rand climbed from a five year low,” reports IOL. This was ... ››› more
  • [13 January 2014]
  • US non-farm payroll numbers disappoint
  • On Friday, the US revealed its much awaited non-farm payroll numbers. The data showed that growth in the US job market had fallen to its worst level in three years. Market watchers had expected a far better number. With the release of this data, perhaps the US Federal Reserve (Fed) won't be in such a rush to taper its stimulus programme. Let's take a closer look at what the data showed… The da... ››› more
  • [13 January 2014]
  • How penny shares can give you a powerful edge over professional traders
  • We hear it all the time, this notion that professional traders at brokerage firms have tremendous advantages over smaller, individual investors. A lot of it may be true, but some of these notions are fantasy. In some cases, operating outside the system gives you the edge, especially when it comes to smaller shares. Read on to uncover how penny shares can give you a powerful edge over professional ... ››› more
  • [06 January 2014]
  • A brief look at World GDP in 2013 and where you should be putting your money now
  • As the world economy slowly crawls out of the recession, let's take a look back at World GDP over the course of last year. Let's see what progress we have made and where most of last year's economic growth came from. And where we can expect growth to come from next… Though it appeared the world economy was in a downward spiral in early 2013, the world economy suddenly grew at its fastest r... ››› more
  • [03 January 2014]
  • How to pick high-growth companies
  • Imagine if you'd bought shares in a company like Apple when it was on the cusp of making it big? You no doubt would now be sitting on shares worth a very respectable amount. But there are ways for you to try and uncover the next Apple. Read on to uncover the factors that make a great performing share… The factors that make a great-performing share are well known and have been intensively studi... ››› more
  • [23 December 2013]
  • Three forces that could ignite silver
  • They say that a bell never rings at the top and the bottom of the market. But there's some real jingling going on in silver right now. And it may just be the start of something big. There's no denying that silver took a beating in 2013. Recently it was down 33.6% for the year, even worse than gold's abysmal 25% loss. Clearly, investors hate silver. Read on to uncover three forces that could ignite... ››› more
  • [19 December 2013]
  • How to work out if dividend growth is already in a share price
  • If you're looking to invest in a company for healthy dividend paying shares, it pays to focus on the potential for dividend growth, rather than just hunting for high dividend yields. Looking for high yields alone can mean you pay over the odds for a share. Read on to find out how to work out if dividend growth is already in a share's price… Well there is a simple calculation that helps, based ... ››› more
  • [17 December 2013]
  • Retail sales edge up in October
  • Yesterday, Stats SA released the retail sales data for October. Retail sales indicate levels of consumer spending. The data showed that retail sales did increase over the month. But it looks like consumers are still watching their spending. Let's take a closer look at what the data revealed… Retail sales in South Africa “grew at 1.3% year-on-year in October,” reports IOL. That’s higher t... ››› more
  • [12 December 2013]
  • The rand reacts positively to the release of local data
  • It's been a rocky road for the rand of late. But today, the release of positive data slightly strengthened the local currency. This saw the rand trading at its best level since the middle of last week. Let's take a closer look at why the rand reacted well to release of local data… The rand strengthened “to its strongest in nearly a week today,” reports Fin24. This as the release of “upbe... ››› more
  • [10 December 2013]
  • Three ways to tell if this bust commodity is about to boom in 2014!
  • Over the past three years IT stocks have run up 128%, retail shares have run up 87% and the JSEs All Share Index has done a little more than 41%. So where should bottom-fishing contrarians look for "left for dead" assets? One sector to consider is steelmaking… The world’s largest “Boom and Bust” sector might be set for a recovery in 2014 The steelmaking industry is one of the mar... ››› more
  • [06 December 2013]
  • The R700 billion market for Blue Gold: Your ticket to BIG money in 2014
  • Since 1950, the world's population has doubled. In the meantime, the amount of fresh water available has stayed constant, at best. So what that means is one-third of the world's population is short of water! A massive water shortage is on its way. Water is becoming scarcer and scarcer… Which is why we call “Blue Gold”. Because it's about to become about as valuable as gold. In South A... ››› more
  • [02 December 2013]
  • Bad news knocks the JSE
  • Yesterday, South Africa's stock market fell after bad news hit the JSE. The release of poorer than forecast economic growth figures for the third quarter hit investor confidence. And media giant Naspers tumbled after warning of weaker earnings ahead. Let's take a closer look at what happened on the JSE yesterday… Stock fell yesterday “as Naspers tumbled after the high flying internet firm sa... ››› more
  • [27 November 2013]
  • Economic growth pulls back as strikes take their toll
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released its economic growth figures for the third quarter of the year. The data showed that economic growth in SA slowed markedly from the second quarter. The widespread strikes over the third quarter, particularly the strikes in the auto industry, had a severe effect. Let's take a closer look at what the data revealed… Economic growth “slowed to 0.7% quarter-on-quar... ››› more
  • [26 November 2013]
  • The JSE ends the day well in the red
  • Yesterday, across the board, stocks on the JSE fell. There were a handful of good performers, but generally shares on the local bourse felt the strain. Gold stocks led the fall. Let's take a closer look at what happened on the JSE yesterday… The JSE “fell more than 1%” yesterday, reports Fin24. Worries about “slowing growth in Africa’s largest economy” took their toll. The casualt... ››› more
  • [22 November 2013]
  • The Reserve Bank keeps interest rates unchanged into 2014
  • This afternoon, Gill Marcus, governor of the South African Reserve Bank, said the bank left interest rates unchanged. This follows the central bank's three day monetary policy committee (MPC) meeting. The decision is in line with analyst forecasts. Let's take a closer look at what Ms Marcus said today… The Reserve Bank “left its repo rate unchanged as expected at 5%,” says IOL. This as the... ››› more
  • [21 November 2013]
  • Growthpoint splashes out R6.6 billion on a premium property firm
  • Yesterday afternoon, Growthpoint Properties Ltd announced it acquired Tiber Group for R6.6 billion. The buyout sees Growthpoint gaining Tiber's property portfolio and management company. It's the biggest acquisition Growthpoint has made so far. Let's take a closer look at the acquisition… Yesterday’s announcement sees Growthpoint acquiring “the entire Tiber Group portfolio of properties an... ››› more
  • [19 November 2013]
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