An in-depth analysis of what to expect from Anglo American’s interim results

By Shaun Murison* Anglo American Plc is the fifth largest diversified mining company in the world in terms of market capitalisation with a primary listing in London (Ftse) and a secondary listing in South Africa (JSE). The company is set to release 2014 interim results on the 25th July 2014. Anglo American Plc recently released … Read more

Apple shares could retrace on next week’s results release – buy on weakness

By Shaun Murison* Apple has emerged as one of the most widely recognised brands in the world with a loyal consumer following of its premium electronic offering. It is now the largest globally listed company in terms of market capitalization and is scheduled to release 3Q2014 earnings on Tuesday 22 July. Historically, 3rd quarter revenues for Apple … Read more

Standard Bank: Over R2bn exposure to Chinese aluminium fraud

Standard Bank’s share price took a knock this morning as it emerged that the bank’s troublesome London operation is exposed to the Qingdao Port fraud in China. The bank is in the process of selling its UK operation to its biggest shareholder, China’s ICBC Bank, a deal which cannot come too soon for the new … Read more

Finance expert: eight ways a new global crisis will hit by 2015

World Competitiveness Center Director says the global economy faces its greatest challenges since 2008. Arturo Bris, Professor of Finance at the top-ranked IMD business school and Director of the World Competitiveness Center, recently predicted that a crisis for the global economy is likely and that not enough action is being taken to avoid it. He said … Read more

Amazon – a cash-compounding machine that justifies its PE ratio?

Amazon’s stocks are an inimitable example of success, boasting an astronomical PE ratio in the triple digits, despite its reducing operating margin curve. The demand for Amazon’s shares and what seems to be an unprecedented price often inspire headlines that question the validity of its giant status, ‘Is Amazon stock a falling knife?’ and ‘Amazon: why the … Read more

Amazon launches new 3D smartphone, shares jump (with video)

By Deepa Seetharaman SEATTLE, June 18 (Reuters) –’s new cellphone seeks to offer shoppers instant gratification by recognizing thousands of products, television shows and songs and allowing users to immediately buy them – on the e-commerce giant’s own site, of course. The smartphone, which joins Amazon‘s “Fire” lineup of tablets and streaming devices, aims to stand out … Read more

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Take a page from Warren Buffett’s book with these four stock picks

One of the hardest things to get right as an investor is cutting the emotion out of your investment behaviour; it’s just too easy to get swept up in the market’s emotional highs and lows and to let those dictate your choices. But the world’s best investors, Warren Buffett among them, recommend emotionally detached investment … Read more

How Naspers CEO Koos Bekker beat the New York Times at its own game

Michael Moritz, chairman of Silicon Valley’s famous venture capital firm Sequoia Capital, is one of the professional social media site LinkedIn’s select band of blogging Influencers. His latest contribution has a decidedly South African flavour. He has kindly agreed to allow Biznews to republish it. For the original article and more of Moritz’s insights on … Read more

SA’s Woolworths in R21bn bid for Australia’s up-market David Jones

Stockbroker and investment guru David Shapiro says he is confused.  The investment community has voted (negatively) with its feet, dropping the share price. I’m betting that the  CEO Ian Moir knows exactly what he is doing. Today, South Africa’s up-market food and clothing chain Woolworths launched a R21bn bid to acquire Australia’s “Selfridges-like” department store … Read more