KCB Group’s Shares Drop, but Patience is Needed

When making long term investment decisions, we should avoid knee-jerk reactions every time negative (or positive) news comes out for a particular stock. With that being said, it’s still a good idea to constantly monitor companies in order to understand why prices may have moved lower (or higher). After conducting an objective analysis, new information may impact the company enough to cause a reversal ...

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Brazil’s Economy: Looking Beyond the Olympics

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The Rio Olympics are looking expensive with a cost of over $10 billion, and the long term benefits probably don’t outweigh these costs. Yet, few should expect the Olympics to single handedly drive or ruin Brazil’s economy. There are numerous other factors to consider when looking at Brazil as an investment destination. Economic activity still contracting, but getting (deep breath) better ...

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eBay in Africa: Financial Implications Behind Partnership with MallforAfrica

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eBay’s decision to expand in Africa thru a partnership with MallforAfrica.com will help the company generate revenue from fast growing consumer markets. While Africa’s e-commerce is still very much in its infancy, the potential is great. However, let’s not to get ahead of ourselves. It will likely be several years before eBay starts generating meaningful revenue from Africa. The main ...

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Graña y Montero May Have Peaked in 2016

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Graña y Montero SAA’s (GRAM) stock has performed well this year, but may have reached its high for 2016. Graña y Montero, a construction and engineering company, is based in Peru. While Peru appears to have one of the stronger economies in Latin America, with GDP growth of around 4% expected this year, the country still faces some challenges. Inflation ...

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MTN Group and Nigeria Settle Fine, Remove Uncertainty

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It appears regulatory risk from the legal battle between MTN Group (MTNOY) and Nigeria may have come to an end. It’s been reported that MTN has agreed to pay a $1.67 billion fine to the Nigerian government. Per BDlive, the company made the following statement on Friday: “MTN Nigeria has agreed to pay a total cash amount of 330-billion naira ...

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Africa’s Best Stock Exchange in 2016

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The best stock exchanges earn investors’ trust by being transparent and reliable. Many stock exchanges in Africa are still developing, but knowing which are strong from an operational standpoint is important since people are more likely to invest in a stock when trading and company data is readily available. Especially since some in Africa are new to investing, and foreign investors may ...

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Kenya’s KCB Group: Banking On Mobile Growth

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Solid earnings, satisfactory growth rates, and a focus on mobile banking are helping to make KCB Group Limited (KCB.NR) look like a good long term investment. KCB Group is a Kenya-based commercial bank that offers corporate and retail banking services and has shares trading on the Nairobi Securities Exchange. Outside of Kenya, it also has operations in Tanzania, South Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, ...

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Colombia’s Ecopetrol: Hold Steady

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Over the past five years, Ecopetrol S.A. (EC) has been one of the worst performing stocks in the Oil & Gas Integrated industry, and its profits largely depend on the price of oil, which has been relatively low lately. So why analyze the company? Well, seeing how past performance is not an indicator of future results, it’s important to objectively analyze beaten ...

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When Are Dividend Yields Too High?

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When interested in receiving dividends from a stock, the natural thought would be the higher the dividend income, the better. However, high dividend yields can be misleading and may signal problems at a company. The dividend yield is calculated by dividing the annual dividend amount paid per share by the share price. The yield may be high if the company pays ...

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Top 5 Dividend Paying Stocks in South Africa

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Many foreign companies pay dividends, which helps to boost portfolio yields. In this article, we present a list of the top five dividend paying companies in South Africa, based on customized dividend yields and considering only American Depository Receipts (ADRs). Analyzing dividend yield helps to project what amount of income can be earned from a particular stock. Dividend yields are typically calculated the ...

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