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    Energy Sector Fell, Metals Sector Was Mixed on November 29

    The companies in the energy sector were lower on November 29. The major ETFs related to the energy sector such as USO and DBO fell 3.6% and 3.4%.

    By Val Kensington
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Did Energy Companies Perform on November 22?

    The companies in the energy sector were mixed on November 22.

    By Val Kensington
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Performance of Companies in Energy, Mining Sectors on September 26

    The companies in the energy sector were mixed on Monday, September 26. The United States Oil ETF (USO) and the PowerShares DB Oil ETF (DBO) rose ~2.2% and ~2.1%, respectively.

    By Val Kensington
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    Miscellaneous

    Is the Egyptian Pound Set for More Devaluation?

    The IMF announced that it would be lending $12 billion to help revive the Egyptian economy and help the central bank stabilize the Egyptian pound.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Energy Sector Companies: How Did They Perform on July 11?

    Crude oil–related companies lost momentum on July 11. At 3:30 PM EST, major ETFs related to the energy sector such as USO and DBO fell ~1.5% and ~0.34%.

    By Val Kensington
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    African Central Banks Tighten Policy Rates to Counter Inflation

    The South African Reserve Bank increased policy rates by 25 basis points to 7.0% on March 17, 2016, as Governor Lesetja Kganyago expressed concern over the recent sluggish economic growth in South Africa.

    By David Meyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    South Africa’s Inflation Heads North despite Economic Slowdown

    Agricultural output was reduced due to adverse weather conditions that made food prices soar. Let’s look into some key reasons for the high inflation.

    By Pete Raine
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Unemployment Remains a Major Concern for South Africa

    South Africa’s unemployment rate was as high as 25% in 2015. The high unemployment rate has been a serious issue in the country for several years now.

    By Pete Raine
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Mining and Agriculture Sectors Distressed in South Africa

    The mining and quarrying industry in South Africa witnessed sharp falls. Possible reasons include falling commodity prices globally and weakened demand.

    By Pete Raine
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    An Overview of the South African Economy’s Structure

    The finance sector here consists of finance, real estate, and business services. The South African economy depends heavily on the manufacturing sector.

    By Pete Raine
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    South African Rand Nears Record Lows

    The South African rand fell to record lows against the US dollar on December 8, 2015, as a slew of disappointing macroeconomic data brought the currency down.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Sizing up the T. Rowe Price Africa & Middle East Fund

    The T. Rowe Price Africa & Middle East Fund invests in between 50 and 80 companies, focusing on Kenya and South Africa, as well as Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

    By David Ashworth
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    T. Rowe Price Africa & Middle East Fund: Abysmal 1-Year Returns

    In the last one year, the T. Rowe Price Africa & Middle East Fund (TRAMX) has had a return of -19.5%. The return since the fund’s inception in September 2007 is about 0.2%.

    By Pete Raine
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The Nile Pan Africa A Fund: Negative Returns for 5 Years

    The Nile Pan Africa A Fund (NAFAX) invests at least 80% of its portfolio in the stocks of Africa-based companies. The majority of the fund’s exposure is in South Africa.

    By Pete Raine
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The Commonwealth Africa Fund: Consistently Negative Returns

    Since its inception in November 2011, the Commonwealth Africa Fund has had a return of -4.3%. Given the poor returns, investors are unwilling to invest in the risks of Africa.

    By Pete Raine
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    EMEA Countries Have Mixed Responses to Devaluation of the Yuan

    Countries in the EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) region have shown mixed responses to the devaluation of the yuan.

    By David Meyer
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