The Week Ahead

02 - 09 October 2015

A look at local and international economic data, major events, economic releases and company news expected in the week to come.

By Shaun Murison,  Market Analyst


Sector overview

September marked the end of the 3rd quarter of 2015 and with that; we take a brief look at JSE sector performances over the period.

Top decliners

The last three months saw markets continue to digest the reality of a slowing Chinese economy whilst speculating on the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank’s timeline, in terms of when rates will be tightened in world’s largest economy.

The result of these two primary market themes have bode poorly for equity markets in general, but more specifically for resource counters which were firmly entrenched in the quarter’s poor performance list.

Platinum counters were hardest hit as losses in the underlying price of the metal were compounded by news of the VW emissions scandal. Lower diesel vehicle production from one of the globes biggest car manufacturers would equate to less demand for platinum (used in catalytic converters to reduce emissions).

Top Gainers

The sector list reads poorly in terms of the number of indices ending the period in positive territory, relative to the number of indices ending the period in negative territory.

The consumer goods sector was the clear outperformer following a strong move in September by SABMiller Plc, which is heavily weighted within the index. SABMiller is in talks with Annheuser-Busch Inbev (AB Inbev), about a possible merger, which if successful could see one company accounting for nearly a third of global beer sales. No formal bid has been communicated to the market as of yet, although speculation is for an offer of between $100bn and $106bn.

In second place on the gainers list is the Forestry & Paper index. The index is largely a reflection of The Mondi Group, who’s Ltd and Plc listings are accompanied only by Sappi Ltd in terms of the index’s weighting. The Mondi Group released another strong set of interim results (within the quarter) in which operating profit was highlighted as having increased by 30% against the comparative period.

As of 02/10/2015

Date Company Event Amount
05-Oct African Oxygen Ltd Ex-Dividend R0.18
05-Oct Clover Industries Ltd Ex-Dividend R0.334
05-Oct DRDGold Ltd Ex-Dividend R0.1
05-Oct Discovery Ltd Ex-Dividend R0.89
05-Oct Firstrand Ltd Ex-Dividend R1.17
05-Oct Murray & Roberts Holdings Ltd Ex-Dividend R0.5
05-Oct RMB Holdings Ltd Ex-Dividend R1.54
05-Oct RMI Holdings Ltd Ex-Dividend R0.64
05-Oct Sasol Ltd Ex-Dividend R11.50

Source: Economic Calendar, as of 02/10/2015

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Market overview


Poor Chinese industrial earnings data sparked exaggerated declines within the commodity space at the beginning of the week and in turn, a selloff in global resource counters. Markets then rallied into the end of the quarter (Wednesday), a move that extended into the week, after Chinese manufacturing data came in ahead of consensus estimates. The extent of gains, despite the China PMI figure still alluding to industry contraction, is perhaps a suggestion that the selloff we have seen in markets might have capitulated for the time being. The real test will be to see whether markets can hold onto the bullish impetus rather than let it fade, as has been the trend in the last month.

In the U.S, employment data at the end of the week fell short of expectations with only 142000 jobs added to the non-farm payroll (est. 201000). The unemployment rate was reported as having remained at 5.1%.

Local Data

Trade deficit in South Africa widened unexpectedly to R9.90bn in August (Est R3.4bn), while the previous months deficit was revised to R1.10bn.

The South African Reserve Bank has indicated that, in August, on an annual basis, the private sector credit in South Africa rose 8.6%, higher than market expectations for an advance of 8.5%. The private sector credit had advanced 8.4% in the previous month.

M3 money supply registered an increase of 10.0% on an annualised basis in August. In the prior month, M3 money supply increased by 10.3%.

The Week Ahead

The new week will see most of the high impact economic data coming from the U.S. once again, with services PMI data out on Monday, trade balance data out on Tuesday and the minutes of the FOMC meeting   scheduled for release on Thursday.

On the domestic front, the health of the mining and manufacturing sectors will be assessed further following the release of production and sales data for these industries on Thursday.

Date Time Region Event Previous Estimation
05-Oct 10:30 GBP Services PMI - 55.6
05-Oct 16:00 USD ISM non-manufacturing PMI - 59
06-Oct 14:30 USD Trade balance - -41.9B
06-Oct 19:00 EUR ECB President Draghi speaks - -
07-Oct 10:30 GBP Manufacturing production m/m - -0.80%
08-Oct 13:00 GBP MPC official bank rate votes 1-0-8 1-0-8
08-Oct 13:00 GBP Monetary policy summary - -
08-Oct 13:00 GBP  Official bank rate 0.50% 0.50%
08-Oct 14:30 USD Unemployment claims - 277K
08-Oct 20:00 USD FOMC meeting minutes - -
08-Oct 13:00 SA Manufacturing: Production & sales, August 2015 - 5.60%
09-Oct 23:30 SA Mining: Production & sales, August 2015 - 5.60%

Source: Economic Calendar, as of 02/10/2015


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