Activity Expands in African Economies as Stability Boosts Demand

Activity Expands in African Economies as Stability Boosts Demand

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa) – Business activity in some of sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest economies is expanding due to increased demand and the return of political stability. Purchasing Managers Indexes published on Thursday showed expansion in companies in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Uganda and Zambia in December. In South Africa, the continent’s most-industrialized economy, the index fell and remained below the neutral mark of 50 for the fifth straight month as the fiscal outlook remains challenging and…

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Why Africa’s Top Oil Producer Is Low on Gasoline: QuickTake Q&A

Why Africa’s Top Oil Producer Is Low on Gasoline: QuickTake Q&A

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa)- Nigeria, Africa’s biggest oil producer and a member of OPEC, has suffered fuel shortages over the past few weeks. They complicated transport and hurt economic activity and, in the words of PresidentMuhammadu Buhari, ensured that for many Nigerians the Christmas holidays were “anything but merry and happy.” His administration says it’s working overtime to end the queues that have formed at gasoline stations throughout much of the country. Nigeria is about the…

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Nigeria Loses Almost Half Its Power Output After Pipeline Fire

Nigeria Loses Almost Half Its Power Output After Pipeline Fire

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa) – A fire at a Nigerian pipeline interrupted gas supplies to companies generating more than 3,000 megawatts in Africa’s most populous nation, the government said. The fire at the Escravos-Lagos pipeline owned by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. in the southern Edo state required a shutdown of the pipeline supplying gas to the 1,320-megawatt Egbin power plant, the nation’s biggest, and five others, according to an emailed statement by the Power,…

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From Angola to Zimbabwe: Guide to Key Africa Markets in 2018

From Angola to Zimbabwe: Guide to Key Africa Markets in 2018

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa) – For bond investors, Africa was a happy hunting ground last year. Its local-currency and dollar securities easily outperformed those of emerging markets overall as investors piled into a continent offering high yields and starting to recover from the commodity bust of three years ago. But risks abound, among them policy tightening in advanced economies, local and global politics, weakening currencies and another fall in oil prices. And then there is…

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The Hot Spots That Defined a Year of Emerging-Market Ebullience

The Hot Spots That Defined a Year of Emerging-Market Ebullience

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa) – 2017 is set to go down as the year when easy monetary policy and budding global growth came together to deliver blockbuster returns for the world’s emerging markets. Currencies and stocks in developing economies are on track for their biggest rallies in eight years as even the riskiest markets shrug off crises and threats to deliver gains for investors. Bonds, too, have had a good run, with local-currency emerging-market debt returning the most since…

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Moody’s: Challenging operating conditions keeps 2018 outlook for African banks negative

Moody’s: Challenging operating conditions keeps 2018 outlook for African banks negative

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa) — Moody’s Investors Service says its negative outlook for the African banking system in 2018 reflects high macroeconomic risks that expose banks to asset quality pressures, reduced government support and sovereign credit risk. Moody’s report, “Banks — Africa, 2018 Outlook”, is available on www.moodys.com. Moody’s subscribers can access this report via the link provided at the end of this press release. This report does not constitute a rating action. “Although…

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Nigeria Refining Push Prompts $3.6 Billion Petrolex Plan

Nigeria Refining Push Prompts $3.6 Billion Petrolex Plan

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa) – Nigeria is set to get another new oil refinery as a government push to end fuel imports attracts investors to the industry. Petrolex Oil & Gas Ltd. plans to build a $3.6 billion plant with a capacity of 250,000 barrels a day, Chief Executive Officer Segun Adebutu said in an interview in Lagos. The closely held company is working on the “front-end engineering design” and will complete construction in 2021, he said….

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