Glencore Abandons Hong Kong Listing as It Sticks With Africa

Glencore Abandons Hong Kong Listing as It Sticks With Africa

JOHANNESBURG (Capital Markets in Africa) – Glencore Plc is planning to withdraw its listing from the Hong Kong Stock Exchange early next year, with the world’s biggest commodities trader saying that only a small number of investors had chosen to hold their shares on the local register. Dealings in Hong Kong-listed shares are expected to cease on Jan. 10, the Baar, Switzerland-based company said in a statement on Tuesday. Glencore, which trades raw materials including copper and zinc, and…

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PIC Is Said to Mull Backing Bid for Chevron’s South Africa Unit

PIC Is Said to Mull Backing Bid for Chevron’s South Africa Unit

JOHANNESBURG (Capital Markets in Africa) – Africa’s biggest fund manager is interested in taking part in the acquisition by Glencore Plc and a group of black South African-owned companies of Chevron Corp.’s assets in the country, according to three people familiar with the matter. The Public Investment Corp., which manages the pension funds of South African government workers, could buy a portion of the business from Glencore or the minority owners, said one of the people,…

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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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