|Bid||57.29 x 1000|
|Ask||67.00 x 800|
|Day's Range||57.35 - 57.80|
|52 Week Range||46.63 - 68.46|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.27|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.59%|
The South Africa country-specific ETF rallied Wednesday as the South African rand currency firmed below the 14.00 level for the first time in six weeks while the weaker U.S. dollar fueled investor demand for developing markets. Among the best performing non-leveraged ETFs of Wednesday, the iShares MSCI South Africa ETF (EZA) increased 3.0%. Meanwhile, the South African rand appreciated 1.3% to ZAR13.91 against the U.S. dollar.
Palladium has been staging record highs for the better part of the last seven months, outstripping even the most bullish forecasts made during 2018 as a supply squeeze inflated the metal’s price.
Transport equities have rebounded of late as the asset category is trading at the lowest valuation in a long time. The advance earned transport stocks the first place in the list and were followed by bonds, which saw falling yields lately as risks to the global economy increased. Africa equities took the middle spot and were followed by the European shared currency, which was hit by a strong dollar and a dovish European Central Bank. Silver closes the list. Check our previous trends edition at Trending: Palladium Shoots up on Supply Shortages and Strike Fears.
The iShares MSCI South Africa ETF (NYSE: EZA), the largest exchange traded fund dedicated to stocks in Africa's largest economy, is up about 6 percent this year. To be precise, EZA is up 6.05 percent year to date, but the South Africa ETF is trailing the MSCI Emerging Markets Index, of which South Africa is 5.95 percent, by more than 300 basis points. South Africa is the world's largest producer of platinum and the second-largest palladium-producing country.
Palladium prices skyrocketed to new record levels as strike jitters in South Africa added to a tense market engulfed by a sustained supply deficit.
The market dropped by 7% in February as deficits rose and President Ramaphosa’s reform program slowed. Will Moody’s downgrade the country’s debt to junk?
The South African economy received a boon last week from its largest trade partner, China, as authorities in Beijing promised to implement monetary and fiscal stimulus. In the U.S., despite the three-week funding deal announced last Friday, airlines were brought to the very edge by the longest government shutdown in history. FAANGs caught this week’s podium with earning releases while worries regarding the slowdown in global economic activity and uncertainties over Sino-U.S. relations took a toll on the U.S. dollar. Finally, investors took interest in leveraged bets on commodities as oil surged after U.S. slapped fresh sanctions on Venezuela. Check out our previous trends edition at Trending: Investors Turn to Dividend Aristocrats Amid Market Volatility.
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In 2000, Africa was labeled “The Hopeless Continent” by The Economist. In 2011, the cover read “Africa Rising.” What has changed for investors?
The iShares MSCI South Africa ETF (NYSE: EZA) is up 3.28 percent over the past week, reducing its year-to-date loss to just over 22 percent. South Africa, Africa's largest economy, isn't in the tenuous positions of other emerging markets, such as Argentina and Turkey, but analysts and market observers remain reserved about the near-term rebound prospects for South Africa's economy. “South Africa's latest economic plan is unlikely to deliver a significant boost to economic growth,” Fitch Ratings says.
Asia Down Heavily, EM Currencies Keep Falling, South Africa Slaughtered Hong Kong is leading Asian equities down this morning, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng leading the plunge down 650 points or 2.3%. China’s Shanghai Composite comes in second with a loss of 1.7%, though the Yuan remains stable against the dollar unlike other emerging market currencies […] The post Market Morning: EM Turmoil Continues, Asia Down, Italy Reassures, Musk Flares, Toyota Recalls appeared first on Market Exclusive.