Market Watch: Egyptian Equity Indices End in Mixed Note, Market Cap up EGP3bn

Market Watch: Egyptian Equity Indices End in Mixed Note, Market Cap up EGP3bn

Cairo (Capital Markets in Africa) – The Egyptian Exchange (EGX) ended Monday’s (17th July 2017) trading session on a mixed note, as the benchmark index EGX30 rose 1.02%, gaining 140.55 points, and closed at the level of 13,956.32 points. The equal-weighted index EGX50 rose 0.81% to 2,141.02 points. On the other hand, EGX70 declined by 0.75% to the level of 679.46 points, while the broader index EGX100 slipped 0.09% and closed at 1,569.44 points. The…

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Beware MSCI’s Inertia If You’re Tracking Its Indexes: Macro View

Beware MSCI’s Inertia If You’re Tracking Its Indexes: Macro View

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa) – MSCI’s decision to delay the return of Argentina to emerging-market status while extending a lifeline to Nigeria means investors may be shut off from the benefits of Mauricio Macri’s reforms, while remaining subject to the impact of policy inaction from Muhammadu Buhari.  The Argentina decision could spark a selloff in the country’s stocks, ironically making it more difficult for authorities to maintain capital-market freedoms. Macri has ended a decade-long battle with creditors and embarked on…

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Emerging-Market Bulls Are Cooling Off After Impressive Rally

Emerging-Market Bulls Are Cooling Off After Impressive Rally

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa)- After a surprisingly good run in emerging markets that sent equities to a fifth monthly gain, some bulls are easing up. Credit Suisse Group AG forecasts developing-nation equities will underperform in the short term, while Deutsche Bank Wealth Management said it’s not as positive on emerging-market bonds as a year ago. Goldman Sachs Group Inc.said strong returns have partially eroded a previously compelling valuation signal, and BNP Paribas SA said the best gains in…

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Banking and Industrial Counters Push Nigerian Benchmark Index 5bps Higher

Banking and Industrial Counters Push Nigerian Benchmark Index 5bps Higher

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa) – The equities market closed positive at the end of trade today as the All Share Index (ASI) added 5bps to close at 25,510.01 points. Consequently, market capitalisation advanced N4.6bn to settle at N8.8tn while YTD loss remained at 5.1%.  STANBIC (+2.2%),  WAPCO (+1.9%) and ZENITH (+1.3%) were the major drivers today. Also, market activity improved as volume and value traded rose 41.0% and 82.8% to settle at 349.3m units and N2.3bn respectively. Mixed…

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Will Nigerian Equity Markets Rebound in 2017?

Will Nigerian Equity Markets Rebound in 2017?

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa) – The equity market could be headed for another tough year with economic concerns surrounding FX and weak corporate earnings continue to downplay the attractive valuations of blue chip stocks. We reiterate the strong correlation of the Nigerian equity market to oil prices and with the price of Brent crude oil hovering around $55/bbl coming into 2017, we think losses will be less steep this year with the potential for…

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Nigerian Equity Markets: Key Drivers Still Under Siege

Nigerian Equity Markets: Key Drivers Still Under Siege

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa) – Analysis of market performance in 2016 indicated that although a combination of poor corporate releases as well as weak macroeconomic fundamentals contributed to the negative return for the year, market volatility remained largely consistent with instability in the currency market. More specifically, while bearish sentiments persisted for most of 2016, equities rallied between May and July 2016 due to reforms in the Oil & Gas sector and adoption of…

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INTO AFRICA March 2017 Edition: Africa’s Lions: Trust in Fundamentals

INTO AFRICA March 2017 Edition: Africa’s Lions: Trust in Fundamentals

LAGOS, Nigeria, Capital Markets in Africa: Welcome to March edition of INTO AFRICA, the publication with fresh insight into Africa’s emerging capital markets. Please download by clicking: INTO AFRICA PUBLICATION: MARCH 2017 EDITION.  Recent years have been challenging for Africa: so is the honeymoon over or did the wedding even take place? The oil price crash has had a serious impact on several African countries; the strength of the dollar is causing financing and FX issues; incidences of terrorism…

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