PDSNET ARTICLES - JANUARY 2020

The Corona Correction

One of the enduring characteristics of markets is that they over-react. The size of their over-reaction depends on exactly where they are in the cycle and whether sentiment at the time is generally negative or positive. The S&P made a new all-time record high on the day before Martin Luther King Jr Day (20th January 2020) – after a consistent run which has lasted since the beginning of October 2019 – almost

Kumba

Kumba Iron Ore (KIO) is a separately listed 70% subsidiary of Anglo American. It is by far the largest producer of iron ore in South Africa and it exports 94% of the ore which it produces. This makes it substantially a rand-hedge share which is hardly impacted by developments in the South African economy. The main drivers for this share are the international price of iron and the rand. What makes this share interesting is the

Is Old Mutual Cheap?

Old Mutual (OMU), the remaining piece of a much larger company which split apart recently to release shareholder value, must be seen as a high-quality blue-chip share. In its most recent results for the six months to 30th June 2019, the company reported adjusted headline earnings per share (HEPS) up 10%. It is a well-diversified, well established company in the financial services industry with a high-quality management

The Discount to Tencent

It is commonplace for investment holding companies to trade at a discount to the value of their underlying assets. This discount is usually around 20% to 30% depending on the assets held. Efforts are often made to “unlock” this value into the hands of shareholders by “unbundling” the assets directly into the hands of those shareholders. Private investors can sometimes score a windfall by buying into an

2020 Prediction

Predicting what will happen on the JSE in 2020 is immensely difficult. There are many variables, each of which is complex in its own right. However, some things appear reasonably clear to us. They are:

  • The dominant prediction for 2020 is that Wall Street will continue on its upward journey with the S&P500 breaking a series of new highs during

2020 Prediction

Predicting what will happen on the JSE in 2020 is immensely difficult. There are many variables, each of which is complex in its own right. However, some things appear reasonably clear to us. They are:

  • 1. The dominant prediction for 2020 is that Wall Street will continue on its upward journey with the S&P500 breaking a series of new highs during the year. In this process it will go through at least one major correction