Why Investors Should Consider A “Private Equity Approach” To Africa

Why Investors Should Consider A “Private Equity Approach” To Africa

LAGOS (Capital Markets  Investors are desperately searching for new opportunities in order to counter the challenging current low-interest rate environment. For those who have turned to “frontier markets”—and particularly Africa—there has been something of a roller-coaster ride. In 2000, as the world entered the new millennium with great optimism, Africa was viewed with suspicion. It was even branded “the hopeless continent” by The Economist. And yet, between 2002 and 2008, the African stock markets enjoyed…

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Oil Falls as OPEC Output Curbs Offset by Growth in U.S. Drilling

Oil Falls as OPEC Output Curbs Offset by Growth in U.S. Drilling

LONDON (Capital Markets in Africa) – Oil fell for the first time in four days as an increase in U.S. drilling activity fanned speculation that OPEC production cuts could revive output in North America. Futures slid as much as 2.1 percent in New York after rising 3.2 percent the previous three sessions. Gulf oil producers Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman and Kuwait are implementing the cuts they promised, Nawal Al-Fezaia, Kuwait’s OPEC governor,…

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Unleashing African Equities — Fund Manager Perspective

Unleashing African Equities — Fund Manager Perspective

LAGOS, Nigeria, Capital Markets in Africa: Confident in the positive prospects embedded into Africa’s long term development, our team has been working on the best way to access the latter for almost a decade. In this purpose, one should be aware that intrinsic risks related to the region’s political and economic situation make the definition of an investment strategy relatively complex, especially when taking into account the features of the continent’s capital markets such as…

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Kenya’s Benchmark Stock Index Poised for Gains on Golden Cross

Kenya’s Benchmark Stock Index Poised for Gains on Golden Cross

NAIROBI, Kenya, Capital Market in Africa — Kenya’s benchmark equity index is set to extend gains as falling yields on government debt prompt investors to seek better returns in stocks. The 50-day moving average for the Nairobi Security Exchange All Share Index climbed above the 200-day moving average this week for the first time since 2012, a so-called golden cross that signals to some traders that further gains are in store. Yields on government 164-day paper have…

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Ghana’s Largest IPO at Risk as Government Drags Its Feet

Ghana’s Largest IPO at Risk as Government Drags Its Feet

ACCRA, Ghana, Capital Markets in Africa — The largest initial public offering in Ghana’s history is at risk of falling apart after Agricultural Development Bank Ltd. missed a deadline to submit results of the sale to the nation’s regulator. The lender is waiting for its owners — the Bank of Ghana and the Ministry of Finance — to sign off on the outcome of the IPO, Solomon Atefoe, a spokesman for the Accra-based bank, said Friday in a…

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Devaluation Bets Send Egyptian Stocks Rising to August High

Devaluation Bets Send Egyptian Stocks Rising to August High

CAIRO, Egypt, Capital Market in Africa — Egyptian stocks surged to an eight-month high on speculation that authorities will devalue the currency for the second time this year. Local investors fueled a fifth day of gains as a persistent dollar shortage forced the Egyptian pound to a record low in black market trading. The nation’s decision to weaken its currency by the most in 13 years last month has so far proved insufficient to attract foreign investment…

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Morocco Equity Markets | 21 Mar 2016: Moroccan Stocks Climb to 7-Month High, Led by Lafarge

Morocco Equity Markets | 21 Mar 2016: Moroccan Stocks Climb to 7-Month High, Led by Lafarge

Casablanca, Morocco, Capital Markets in Africa —Casablanca Stock Exchange witnessed positive return at the end of Monday’s equity trading session. The Moroccan benchmark stock index (measured as MASI Index) went up 1.21 percent to end at 9,409.94 points (with a year-to-date performance to 5.43 percent) with total market capitalization at MAD 471.621 billion (a fall of MAD 4.84 billion or US$28 million relative to previous market capitalization of MAD 466.778). The market activity measured as total…

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