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  • 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]
  • Earnings rise 11% as Vodacom boosts customer numbers and revenue
  • Earlier today, Vodacom Group Ltd released its interim results. The results show the mobile phone operator grew its number of customers and saw greater revenue from data. Let's take a closer look at what the results revealed… Vodacom grew its earnings for the six months to the end of September by 11%, reports Fin24. This was partly due to a “strong performance in its home market”. Vodaco... ››› more
  • [11 November 2013]
  • Telkom's share price tumbles as CFO is suspended
  • Earlier today, Telkom revealed that is had suspended its chief financial officer. The share price has continued to fall as the day progresses. The suspension is pending a disciplinary process. Let's take a closer look at what's going on... Telkom's CFO, Jacques Schindehutte, is suspended due to a disciplinary process taking place, reports Fin24. Telkom made the announcement earlier today. ... ››› more
  • [24 October 2013]
  • The JSE sinks lower
  • It was another bad day for the JSE. Mining and industrial shares continued to drag on the local bourse. With the US government still in partial shutdown with no end date, worries continue to affect global stock markets. Let's take a closer look at the day on the JSE… Today saw the JSE close in negative territory for “the fourth session in a row,” says I Net Bridge. The “sell off in the m... ››› more
  • [09 October 2013]
  • Cell C complain to Competition Commission about MTN and Vodacom's call rates
  • Earlier today, it emerged that Cell C had lodged a complaint with the Competition Commission over their call rates. Cell C claims that the higher fees MTN and Vodacom charge for calling out with their respective networks directly impacts smaller operators. The news comes just days after the communications regulator said it would slash fees that mobile operators charge for using their networks. Let... ››› more
  • [09 October 2013]
  • The JSE takes a knock as worries grow over the US
  • The JSE ended firmly in the red today. Global jitters about the US hitting its debt ceiling are spreading. The local bourse suffered the consequences of a stock sell off. Let's take a closer look at what happened on the JSE today… Shares on the JSE “fell hard” today, reports MoneyWeb. After the JSE hit new highs over the last few weeks, it suffered as “investors’ dumped shares”. Worr... ››› more
  • [08 October 2013]
  • Vodacom plans to fight ICASA's decision to slash fees
  • Yesterday, the market digested the news that the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) plans to make to cut the fees charged between network operators. The hardest hit was Vodacom. Now the mobile operator says it will fight the decision. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Yesterday, Vodacom said that ICASA’s plan to slash the “fees carriers charge rivals to... ››› more
  • [08 October 2013]
  • Telkom's share price soars on positive trading statement
  • Earlier today, Telkom released a positive trading statement about its interim results to the end of September. In the statement, the telecoms giant said that it expects earnings to come in much higher for the period. The share price rallied on the news. Let's take a closer look at what the trading statement revealed… Telkom says that it expects “its interim headline and basic earnings per sh... ››› more
  • [08 October 2013]
  • How to build a personal share portfolio
  • Do you have a tendency to sell stocks when the market is down only to buy them again when it recovers? If so, you're probably a frustrated investor... and definitely not alone. Well there could be a solution. Read on to find out how a personal share portfolio could be the answer… It's hard to stay calm when a lifetime of savings is at stake, Alexander Green in Investment U explains... A... ››› more
  • [08 October 2013]
  • JSE starts the week off with a loss
  • The JSE followed its global peers lower today. This as fear builds over the US shutdown. On domestic soil, there are worries that the strike action hitting Amplats may spread across the platinum producers. Let's take a closer look at what happened on the JSE today… Not a great start to the week for the JSE. Share prices fell today, “bruised by a threat of further strikes” at platinum mi... ››› more
  • [07 October 2013]
  • MTN and Vodacom's share prices take a tumble over regulator's decision
  • On Friday, the telecoms regulator, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), announced it plans to cut fees charged between network operators. The regulator made the announcement after the JSE closed. Shares in MTN and Vodacom have fallen heavily on the news today. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Vodacom and MTN are feeling the pressure of the telecoms regu... ››› more
  • [07 October 2013]
  • A staid end to the JSE's week
  • After the US government began its partial shutdown on Tuesday last week, the markets have been waiting to see what's going to happen. Investors want to know when the US government will sort out its differences and sort out its budget. The result is a JSE that didn't see any vast movement on Friday. Let's take a closer look at what happened on the JSE on Friday… The JSE “moved sideways in slu... ››› more
  • [06 October 2013]
  • Which is the best telecoms sector investment in the country?
  • The South African telecoms sector is certainly a mixed bag. Some counters have thrived, while others aren't doing so well. In terms of mobile and fixed line service providers, data revenue growth is far outpacing voice revenue growth (albeit off a lower base). Data revenue growth appears to be a major focus for service providers to expand both their top and bottom lines. But which company is posit... ››› more
  • [02 August 2013]
  • The NEXT BIG THING in the telecommunications sector isn't where you'd expect…
  • Everyone I've spoken to is sure about one thing. Within the next five years EVERY 'dumb' cellphone in the world will be replaced by a smartphone. The developed world is already 80% converted. Within the next year 80% of South Africans will have followed the same trend. The media calls it the 'Smartphone Revolution'… But I believe the producers of smartphones won't benefit greatly fro... ››› more
  • [25 July 2013]
  • Vodafone's emerging market entities help the bottom line
  • Vodafone, the parent company of Vodacom, posted its first quarter results earlier today. The figures show that Europe is giving the company a tough time, but emerging markets like South Africa are helping offset that. Read on to find out more… Vodafone announced earlier today that its “first quarter sales grew” thanks to emerging market strength, reports Fin24. This helped offset “weakne... ››› more
  • [19 July 2013]
  • For the second day running, the JSE closes higher
  • The JSE inched up for the second day in a row. With reporting season well underway, positive data from companies helped edge the local bourse higher. And, of course, Ben Bernanke's calming comments about the Federal Reserve's stimulus programme have soothed investor nerves for the time being. Let's have a closer look at what's been going on… The JSE followed in the tracks of its American and E... ››› more
  • [19 July 2013]
  • Vodacom's second quarter revenue increases 3%
  • In a trading statement released earlier today, Vodacom revealed revenue for the second quarter had increased, along with a significant increase in its subscriber base. With smartphone use on a rapid increase, Vodacom is benefitting. Let's have a closer look at what the company said… South Africa’s largest wireless operator, Vodacom, released a trading update for its second quarter this morni... ››› more
  • [18 July 2013]
  • Why you need to own ‘magnetic yield' shares in tough times!
  • Investors are facing a big problem! They're running out of places to invest their money. Bond yields are lower than ever. Most shares are bouncing around violently and cash… And, you don't even want to get me started on the performance of the rand lately. So, the question is, where should you be putting your money right now? ---------------------------------------------------------... ››› more
  • [17 June 2013]
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