Daily Report 19 May 2022

SA Company News:

The Johannesburg Stock Exchange All-Share Index reversed early gains and closed 0.88% lower at 69 083, dragged lower by Naspers and Prosus, each falling 3.34% and 3.05% respectively. Lewis expects its headline earnings for the year to end-March to increase between 30% and 40% compared to 2021. Lewis will release its annual results next week. Its share price rose more than 5% to R49.55, following its trading update.  Pick ‘n Pay said it plans to open 200 new Boxer stores by 2026 as part of its plan to double the discount retail brand’s sales and gain 3% market share. The company is hoping that this strategy will spur growth in less-well-off markets, while also challenging rivals such as Shoprite. In a trading update from Nampak Holdings, the company expects headline earnings per share to increase to between 33.0 cents and 36.5 cents compared to HEPS of 17.6 cents in the prior period, representing an increase of between 88% and 107%. Earnings per share are expected to increase to between 32.5 cents and 35.5 cents compared to EPS of 17.0 cents in the prior period, representing an increase of between 91% and 109%. Nampak expects to release its interim results on Thursday, 26 May 2022.


SA Economy:

The local annual inflation rate held steady at a three-month high of 5.9% in April 2022, unchanged from the previous month and matching market forecasts. Retail sales rose by 1.3% from a year earlier in March 2022, compared with a 0.9% fall in the previous month and better than market estimates of a 1.5% increase. The Reserve Bank is expected to announce its first 50 basis point hike to its repo rate in more than six years later today, taking it to 4.75%. Key factors weighing on the country’s economic outlook are the impact of the recent floods in KwaZulu-Natal, especially on manufacturing and transport; the return of load-shedding; the resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic, and rising inflation.


Global Economy:

Markets globally have also come under pressure since the Russia-Ukraine war and the supply chain crisis which has been worsened by China’s zero-COVID policy. Investors continue to worry about high inflation coupled with rising borrowing costs that will severely weigh down on the growth. Corporate leaders said that the global economy is in danger of entering a period of so-called stagflation, which could erode living standards. Fed Chair, Jerome Powell said yesterday that the central bank would not hesitate to keep raising interest rates until inflation returns to the 2% target.


Global Company:

The Hang Seng Index fell 2.58% to 20 113 after disappointing quarterly results from US retailers, Walmart and Target triggered fears that the economic downturn is starting to hurt. The social-media company, Tencent Holdings posted its worst quarterly profit drop and slowest revenue growth in nearly two decades, as China’s Covid-19 resurgence hit the company already struggling with a yearlong regulatory crackdown. Net profit fell 51% to CNY23.41 billion and revenue was 0.1% higher from a year earlier to 135.47 billion yuan. In China, the Shanghai Composite fell 2.33% to 3 083. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 3.57% to end at 31 490 points, while the S&P 500 was down 4.04% to 3 923. Netflix announced that it had laid off about 150 people, approximately 2% of the company’s workforce in the United States and Canada, as it faces slowing growth. Twitter shares fell 3.84% after the company’s board said they will hold Elon Musk to his legal commitments regarding the buyout offer of $54.20 a share, which is well above the closing price of $36.85 per share.



Gold is slightly higher by 0.09% to $1 814/oz, while Platinum is lower by 2.76% to $931/oz. Brent crude was 2.44 % lower at $109.98 a barrel.



The rand traded at R16.06 against the US Dollar, R19.86 against British Pound, and R16.81 against the Euro. The Euro is slightly firmer against the US Dollar to trade at $1.0488.


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Market Indicators

Commodities $ Cross Currencies ($) Major Indices
Gold 1814,55 0,09% USD/ZAR 16,06 Top40 62494,00 -0,85%
Platinum 931,14 -2,76% GBP/ZAR 19,86 Dow 30 31490,07 -3,70%
Brent 109,98 -2,44% EUR/ZAR 16,81 S&P 500 3923,68 -4,21%
Copper 4,20 -0,82% EUR/USD 1,0488 FTSE 7438,09 -1,08%
Palladium 2025,00 -0,86% USD/JPY 128,63 DAX 14007,76 -1,27%
Iron Ore 123,00 -1,63% BITCOIN 29207,00 Shanghai 3084,66 -0,39%
Source:  Moneyweb & Investing.com