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iShares MSCI South Africa ETF (EZA)

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  • Mon, May 4, 3:28 AM
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  • Dec. 31, 2014, 11:34 AM
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  • Oct. 13, 2014, 3:15 PM
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  • Aug. 5, 2014, 7:11 AM
    • President Obama is expected to announce a $14B commitment by U.S. companies to invest in construction, clean energy, banking, and information technology projects across Africa.
    • "These investments will deepen U.S. economic engagement in Africa, fueling growth that will support broader African prosperity and emerging markets for US businesses, which will support jobs in both the United States and Africa," says a White House official.
    • The announcement will occur at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum today, part of a three-day Africa summit in Washington.
    • ETFs: AFK, EZA
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  • Jul. 17, 2014, 3:27 AM
    • The IMF praised the formation of the New Development Bank and reserves fund launched by BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) yesterday, and announced that it would like to work together with the monumental project.
    • So far the new fund has pooled together $100B in reserves from the five countries with the intention of reshaping the Western-dominated international financial system.
    • ETFs: EWZ, RSX, EPI, INDY, RUSL, PIN, EZA, INP, INDL, RSXJ, ERUS, RUSS, DSUM, CHIX, INXX, INDA, RBL, BRZU, BZQ, UBR, BRZS, DBBR, CHLC, FBZ, RUDR
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  • Jul. 16, 2014, 3:58 AM
    • The long-awaited New Development Bank has been launched after BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) leaders put their finishing touches on the $100B bank and currency reserve pool aimed at reshaping the Western-dominated international financial system centered around the IMF and World Bank.
    • The launch marks the first big accomplishment by BRICS countries, which account for almost half the world's population.
    • The bank is scheduled to start lending in 2016. Membership is open to other countries but the capital share of the BRICS cannot fall under 55%.
    • ETFs: EWZ, RSX, EPI, INDY, RUSL, PIN, EZA, INP, INDL, RSXJ, ERUS, RUSS, DSUM, CHIX, INXX, INDA, RBL, BRZU, BZQ, UBR, BRZS, DBBR, CHLC, FBZ, RUDR
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  • Feb. 3, 2014, 8:43 AM
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  • Jan. 30, 2014, 1:17 PM
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  • Jan. 29, 2014, 10:54 AM
    • Who could have thought raising interest rates 425 basis points would be bearish? A curious rally following Turkey's defense of the lira - it jacked rates to 12% from 7.75% - has completely reversed. One feels a 1992-like vibe where the Bank of England hiked like crazy to defend the pound, but then ultimately had to let it go (also creating a bottom in stocks).
    • In Europe, the Stoxx 50 (FEZ) is off 1.3%, with Turkey (TUR) now down 2.3%.
    • South Africa joins the party, unexpectedly hiking its benchmark interest rate by 50 basis points to 5.5%. EZA -2.8%.
    • A check of Brazil (EWZ -1.3%) and India (EPI -1.1%) - where monetary policy has also been tightened this week - finds them lower as well.
    • The money is flowing into U.S. Treasurys which continue a big 2014 rally. The 10-year yield is off five basis points to 2.71%. TLT +0.3%, TBT -0.5%.
    • Europe ETFs: ETFs: FXE, VGK, EUO, FEZ, ERO, EU, DFE, IEV, EPV, EZU, HEDJ, DRR, GXF, FEU, GUR, FDD, EUFX, ESR, UPV, ULE, FEP, ADRU, URR, FEEU, EURZ, DBEU, EURL, FIEU
    • Treasury ETFs: TBT, TLT, TMV, TBF, EDV, TTT, TMF, ZROZ, SBND, TLH, DLBS, VGLT, UBT, TLO, LBND, TENZ, TYBS, DLBL
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  • Jan. 29, 2014, 8:48 AM
    • The South African Reserve Bank has unexpectedly raised interest rates by 50 bps, with the key repurchase rate rising to 5.5% and the prime lending rate to 9%.
    • The consensus was that the bank wouldn't increase rates, but the weakness of the rand has prompted it to act.
    • The bank's move follows similar action of varying degrees from peers in other emerging markets, most notably Turkey yesterday, India and Brazil.
    • "The bunch of rate hikes from other emerging-market economies has put pressure on (Governor Gill) Marcus to hike rates because there's a fear she's going to be left behind if she doesn't move and foreign money will then invest in other emerging market economies," says trader Sijadu Mzozoyana. (PR)
    • However, the bank's move seems to be having no effect on the rand, with the USD-ZAR +2.5 to 11.2988 rand. The FTSE/JSE Top 40 is +0.4%.
    • ETF: EZA
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  • Jan. 24, 2014, 8:16 AM
    • The iShares Emerging Markets Index ETF (EEM) is off 1.3% in the premarket as investors rush out of emerging currencies. The Turkish lira plunged to a record low today, while Ukraine's hryvnia fell to a four-year low, and South Africa's Rand dove to its weakest since October 2008 following Argentina's decision to devalue the peso and a weak PMI report out of China yesterday.
    • “We continue to see the risks surrounding China’s macro trajectory as having a negative impact on EM,” says Morgan Stanley's Rashique Rahman. “As capital costs rise and investment slows, commodity prices should come under pressure, boding poorly for economies linked to China’s old growth model.”
    • In Russia, the ruble has declined to an all-time low vs. the euro.
    • Of Turkey from Rareview Macro's Neil Azous: "Their net foreign-exchange reserves are dwindling pretty fast. They’re definitely in the danger zone. If you’re a money manager, the responsible action is to take some measures to reduce risk.”
    • Emerging market ETFs: EEM, VWO, DEM, EDC, DGS, EDZ, EEMV, EEB, SCHE, EDIV, IEMG, DVYE, EEV, BIK, EWX, BKF, PIE, CEW, ADRE, HILO, EUM, FNI, EET, GMM, PXH, BBRC, EEMS, EELV, FEMS, EEME, EMDD, BICK, EMCR, DBEM, FEM, EWEM, EVAL, JEM, EMLB, EMBB, TLTE, EEHB, EGRW, FNDE, EMSA, EMHD, EMFT, EMDR, QEM, QDEM
    • Relevant country ETFs: TUR, EWS, EZA, ARGT, EWSS, FXSG
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  • Dec. 6, 2013, 3:30 AM
    • South African markets are calm following the passing of Nelson Mandela, who was instrumental in the country's peaceful transition away from apartheid.
    • One of Mandela's biggest achievements was enacting policies that paved the way for GDP to grow for 15 years, the longest period of expansion in South Africa's history. These policies included embracing the free market, cutting costs and attracting foreign investment.
    • The question is now that Mandela has passed on, whether South Africa will feel more free to abandon the policies and conciliation that he espoused. For example, the ANC's youth wing wants to nationalize banks and mines, policies that Mandela ditched in 1994.
    • There are also fears that Mandela's death could leave South Africa open to renewed racial and social tensions, such as those seen in the mine strikes over the past year or so.
    • The economy is already not in a good way: unemployment is 24.7% and there is a large inequality in earnings between blacks and whites.
    • The FTSE/JSE Top 40 is +0.3%, the South African 10-year bond yield is -2.5 bps at 8.16%, and the USD-ZAR is +0.2% at 10.4732 rand.
    • Tickers: HMY, AGPPY, AGPPF, AAUKY, AAUKF, SSL, GFI, ABX, AU, SBGGF.
    • ETF: EZA
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  • Jun. 26, 2013, 10:40 AM
    43 out of 45 global markets are oversold, according to BAML's "Breadth Buy" indicator. These extreme signals tend to be followed by a short-term 6-7% bounce, but, cautions chief investment strategist Michael Hartnett, a sustained rally would require a shift in policy behavior. What's more, the 2 markets not in oversold territory are the U.S. (SPY) and Japan (EWJ, DXJ) and they're kind of important. Most oversold: Brazil (EWZ), Turkey (TUR), South Africa (EZA), Mexico (EWW), Materials (XLB), China (FXI, CAF). Least oversold (in addition to the U.S. and Japan): Health Care (XLV, IYH), and Consumer Discretionary (XLY).
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  • Jun. 11, 2013, 5:45 AM
    The rout in emerging markets has continued today, with the South African rand (EZA) sliding 1.6% to 10.35 to the dollar, the yield on 10-year government bonds jumping 27.5 bps to 8.17%, and the JSE Top 40 sinking 1.8%. Meanwhile, Thai shares lost 4.5%, Indonesia 3.9% and the Philippines 4.6%. (See rupee hits record lows)
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  • Jun. 3, 2013, 7:55 AM
    Glencore Xstrata (GLCNF.PK) fires 1,000 workers across three of its chrome mines in South Africa for going on illegal strike last week, bringing those operations to a halt. The dispute adds to long-running friction in the mining industry that has raised concerns about Africa's largest economy and sent the rand to four-year lows. The country is home to ~75% of the world's chromite reserves.
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  • May 31, 2013, 6:13 AM
    Emerging-market currencies are taking a battering, with the South African rand (EZA) receiving particular punishment. What began as a "drip drip of currency weakness" (WSJ) on concerns about the end of the Fed's QE program has turned into a flood as countries' various problems become exposed. The rand is down 6.3% since last week and the Turkish lira is -2.4%.
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EZA Description
The iShares MSCI South Africa Index Fund seeks to provide investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of publicly traded securities in the South African equity market, as measured by the MSCI South Africa Index.
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