Earlier today, Anglo American Platinum released a trading update covering the year to the end of December. The update showed that Amplats is on the road to recovery after a spate of strikes in 2012. Shares in Amplats rose on the news. Let's take a closer look at what the trading update revealed…
Today’s trading update shows that Anglo American Platinum “swung back into profit in 2013,” r... ››› more
There weren't many investments that did worse than gold shares last year. Gold shares really hit the skids, down about 35% in 2013... And down roughly 60% from their highs a couple years ago. Time to bail out? No, just the opposite. Read on to find out why…
Gold shares are down primarily because gold is down, Alexander Green in Investment U explains...
The metal peaked at $1,923 in April 20... ››› more
On Friday, the National Union of Mineworkers revealed that they were bringing an end to their strike at Northam Platinum's Limpopo mine. The new two year wage deal will see workers returning to work since downing their tools on 3 November. Let's take a closer look at the new wage deal…
On Friday, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) revealed that they had ended their strike for higher wages... ››› more
The Association for Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) says it has issued notices to strike to three gold producers. This comes just as the union announced that it's to begin strike action on Thursday at the world's three top platinum producers. Let's take a closer look at what's going on…
Today, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) said that it is sending “str... ››› more
If you've owned gold since 2011, you're been crushed… Gold is down from a peak of around $1,800 to around $1,200 today. It's lost about a third of its value. In many cases, gold shares have done much worse than gold itself… So… What should you do? Where to from here? Read on to find out what's in store for the price of gold and what you should do…
There are two main points to consider ab... ››› more
It's fair to say that after a long stretch of falling gold prices, investors don't just hate the precious metal, they despise it. And that's often a tremendous contrarian indicator. The price of gold fell hard through 2013. And that's in spite of Asian investors increasingly buying more and many gold mines pausing their search for gold as the low price makes it uneconomical. Read on to uncover the... ››› more
Yesterday, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) said that its members had voted in favour of a strike at Impala Platinum. Implats ranks as the world's second biggest producer of platinum. Let's take a closer look at what's going on…
Late yesterday, the AMCU said that its members “had voted in favour of a strike” at Implats, reports IOL. Jimmy Gama, a spokesman for t... ››› more
After a six-month rally in steel prices, the metal pulled back a bit in recent days. Some analysts say the run in steel is over. But there could be some excellent opportunities to forge big profits in the steel sector. Read on to find out why it could pay to be bullish on steel…
Here are three reasons why being bullish on steel could lead to gains, Sean Brodrick in Investment U explains...
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All that glitters isn't gold... but can still be worth a fortune to investors. There is a sparkling commodity that's taken its licks in 2013, but looks like it could have a stellar 2014. And it's not gold. It's diamonds. And diamonds have been selling cheap. Read on to find out if diamonds are an investor's best friend…
According to PolishedPrices.com, the price index for polished diamonds has... ››› more
The South African resource sector took a hard hit from the actions of government and labour unions over the past year or so.
With the endless stream of strikes, rising costs and threats of nationalisation…
The government and the unions are making it harder and harder to make money from the resources sector.
But that doesn't mean you should give up all hope of making a proﬁt…
The exper... ››› more
Yesterday was a bad day on the JSE. The local bourse struggled as various factors played against it. Emerging markets are feeling the pressure of a looming cut to the US's stimulus programme. Let's take a closer look at what happened on the JSE yesterday…
The JSE fell yesterday “in line with a wider emerging market sell-off,” reports Fin24. With doubts over when the US Federal Reserve will... ››› more
Earlier today, ArcelorMittal SA Ltd released its quarterly results for the period to the end of September. The steel producer said that sales rose and earnings jumped higher. But the company warned that its fourth quarter wouldn't be as good. Its shares reacted positively to the release. Let's take a closer look at what the results revealed…
Africa’s top steel producer, ArcelorMittal, posted... ››› more
The whole mining sector in South Africa has taken a knock. Mining companies are taking strain and gold mines in particular have been in real turmoil.
But that doesn't mean there aren't gains to make.
It all comes down to making the right decisions about what to invest in and when to invest in it.
But you have to be smart, and you also have to break away from the pack...
By following ... ››› more
Nothing maims an economy like a dictator.
The least free countries are also the most economically backward. So businesses can't turn a profit when a dictator is in charge!
In the past, dictators tended to stay in power until turfed by a violent revolution… Or until they died.
These "African Dinosaurs" sabotage investment prospects on the continent.
But all that is changing. They a... ››› more
What if I told you there's a new industry in the making that WILL turn into a multi-billion rand industry overnight?
And it's not a maybe. There's no if or but.
The industry I'm talking about could go from zero to hundreds of billions of rands by 2015…
There are only a handful of companies that will profit. If you invest in them today you'll be one of the early investors…
And you c... ››› more
After closing at a record high on Wednesday, the JSE closed lower yesterday. After hitting record highs again in the morning, the JSE pulled back to close in the red. Let's take a closer look at what went on…
After a volatile session the “JSE closed softer” yesterday, reports BDLive. This was down to “consolidation and profit taking”.
The JSE Top 40 Index slipped down 0.17% to close... ››› more
The resource sector has been on a huge downhill for the last three years and if you've been holding onto any resource shares, well I know it hasn't been great!
But today I have spectacular news for you!
In fact, I think your portfolio could fly to an all-time high, all thanks to this one commodity.
It's one of the most important barometers of the economic health of South Africa.
And I'm expe... ››› more
Eskom's two massive new power stations, Medupi and Kusile, should start producing electricity within the next three and six years respectively.
When they go online, South Africa's energy output will skyrocket!
The need to fuel these two giant stations will create a massive demand for one commodity—coal.
But the problem is our coal supply is about to run out.
To stop this from happe... ››› more
Earlier today, Pan African Resources released its results for the year to June. And the results were good. The miner also declared a dividend. The market responded extremely well to the results, rewarding the share price. Let's have a closer look at what the results revealed…
Pan African Resources reported that its headline earnings per share (HEPS) increased 20.8%, taking it to 30.07c, report... ››› more
We all love a good chocolate from time to time. Its sweet delectable taste… Its rich creamy texture…
What's not to like?
But lately, I've found a different reason to love chocolate.
You see, chocolate - or more accurately, its key ingredient - has the potential to make you a hefty profit.
That's because, right now there's a perfect storm about to send Cocoa prices through the roo... ››› more
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