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Wednesday 07th of January 2015
 
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MindSpeak with Aaron Rimbui @AaronRimbui
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Qc10Z1zdO8&feature=youtu.be

Macro Thoughts

Home Thoughts

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@HaiderAlAbadi Prime Minister Al-Abadi lays a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Iraqi Armed Forces Day
Law & Politics


"North Korea is currently running its 6,000 (-member) workforce for
cyber warfare and performing cyber attacks for physical and
psychological paralysis inside South Korea such as causing troubles
for military operations and national infrastructures," the South
Korean Defense Ministry said.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/01/06/us-northkorea-southkorea-idUSKBN0KF1CD20150106

FAR away in distant lands lies the Hermit Kingdom. This land is ruled
by The House of Kim and its capital is Pyongyang. 29-11-2010
http://www.rich.co.ke/media/docs/012NSX2911.pdf

The first and 'Eternal' President was Kim Il-sung and his successor
Kim Jong-il whose designated successor is Kim Jung-un. They all have
had tiny little hands like the Elves in the Elves and the Shoemaker.

Pyongyang
http://www.we-heart.com/upload-images/pyongyang2.jpg

@France24_en 100 days in power for Afghan president, but no government
https://twitter.com/France24_en/status/552463207324209152?s=03

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A ceaseless shape-shifting that is unstoppable because it is undefinable
Law & Politics


A ceaseless shape-shifting that is unstoppable because it is
undefinable. It is exactly what Surkov is alleged to have done in the
Ukraine this year. In typical fashion, as the war began, Surkov
published a short story about something he called non-linear war. A
war where you never know what the enemy are really up to, or even who
they are. The underlying aim, Surkov says, is not to win the war, but
to use the conflict to create a constant state of destabilized
perception, in order to manage and control.

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Adam Curtis - "Oh dear"-ism II and Non-Linear War @YouTube
Law & Politics


The Hidden Author of Putinism How Vladislav Surkov invented the new
Russia The Atlantic
http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/11/hidden-author-putinism-russia-vladislav-surkov/382489/?single_page=true

“My portfolio at the Kremlin and in government has included ideology,
media, political parties, religion, modernization, innovation, foreign
relations, and ...”—here he pauses and smiles—“modern art.”

In the 21st century, the techniques of the political technologists
have become centralized and systematized, coordinated out of the
office of the presidential administration, where Surkov would sit
behind a desk with phones bearing the names of all the “independent”
party leaders, calling and directing them at any moment, day or night.
The brilliance of this new type of authoritarianism is that instead of
simply oppressing opposition, as had been the case with 20th-century
strains, it climbs inside all ideologies and movements, exploiting and
rendering them absurd. One moment Surkov would fund civic forums and
human-rights NGOs, the next he would quietly support nationalist
movements that accuse the NGOs of being tools of the West. With a
flourish he sponsored lavish arts festivals for the most provocative
modern artists in Moscow, then supported Orthodox fundamentalists,
dressed all in black and carrying crosses, who in turn attacked the
modern-art exhibitions. The Kremlin’s idea is to own all forms of
political discourse, to not let any independent movements develop
outside of its walls.

“It was the first non-linear war,” writes Surkov in a new short story,
“Without Sky,” published under his pseudonym and set in a dystopian
future after the “fifth world war”:

In the primitive wars of the 19th and 20th centuries it was common for
just two sides to fight. Two countries. Two groups of allies. Now four
coalitions collided. Not two against two, or three against one. No.
All against all.
There is no mention of holy wars in Surkov’s vision, none of the
cabaret used to provoke and tease the West. But there is a darkling
vision of globalization, in which instead of everyone rising together,
interconnection means multiple contests between movements and
corporations and city-states—where the old alliances, the EUs and
NATOs and “the West,” have all worn out, and where the Kremlin can
play the new, fluctuating lines of loyalty and interest, the flows of
oil and money, splitting Europe from America, pitting one Western
company against another and against both their governments so no one
knows whose interests are what and where they’re headed.

“A few provinces would join one side,” Surkov continues. “A few others
a different one. One town or generation or gender would join yet
another. Then they could switch sides, sometimes mid-battle. Their
aims were quite different. Most understood the war to be part of a
process. Not necessarily its most important part.”

“Won’t this ban affect you?” a reporter asked Surkov as he passed
through the Kremlin Palace. “Your tastes point to you being a very
Western person.” Surkov smiled and pointed to his head: “I can fit
Europe in here.” Later he announced: “I see the decision by the
administration in Washington as an acknowledgment of my service to
Russia. It’s a big honor for me. I don’t have accounts abroad. The
only things that interest me in the U.S. are Tupac Shakur, Allen
Ginsberg, and Jackson Pollock. I don’t need a visa to access their
work. I lose nothing.

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A police officer stands guard along a street after a female suicide bomber blew herself up in police station in the Sultanahmet district of Istanbul
Law & Politics


NPR’s Steve Inskeep asks Obama: “Are you just lucky that the price of
oil went down and therefore their currency collapsed or …is it
something that you did?
http://www.globalresearch.ca/oil-price-blowback-is-putin-creating-a-new-world-order/5423204

Barack Obama: If you’ll recall, their (Russia) economy was already
contracting and capital was fleeing even before oil collapsed. And
part of our rationale in this process was that the only thing keeping
that economy afloat was the price of oil. And if, in fact, we were
steady in applying sanction pressure, which we have been, that over
time it would make the economy of Russia sufficiently vulnerable that
if and when there were disruptions with respect to the price of oil —
which, inevitably, there are going to be sometime, if not this year
then next year or the year after — that they’d have enormous
difficulty managing it.” (Transcript: President Obama’s Full NPR
Interview)

December 1st 2014 This is a very 21st century 'Shock and Awe
'President Obama has been a very subtle, skilled and hard-nosed
exponent of currency and now oil warfare. #Oil and #Currency Warfare
http://www.rich.co.ke/media/docs/038NSX0112.pdf

Bahrain Youth kicks the tear gas container during the protests
following the detainment of opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman.
Photograph: Sayed Baqer Alkamel/Demotix/Corbis
http://www.theguardian.com/news/gallery/2015/jan/06/photo-highlights-of-the-day#img-2

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Currency Markets at a Glance WSJ
World Currencies


Euro 1.1874 Investors were busy selling the euro in anticipation of
more money-printing by the central bank, pushing the single currency
to a fresh low of $1.1842 in Asian trade before steadying at $1.1877.
Dollar Index 91.78
Japan Yen 119.03 The yen fell 0.6 percent to 119.09 per dollar at
12:11 p.m. in Tokyo after advancing to 118.06 yesterday, the strongest
since Dec. 17.
Swiss Franc 1.0115
Pound 1.5147
Aussie 0.8075
India Rupee 63.435
South Korea Won 1100.38
Brazil Real 2.7002
Egypt Pound 7.1498
South Africa Rand 11.7258

The yen has strengthened 2.5 percent in 2015, the best performer of 10
developed-nation currencies tracked by Bloomberg Correlation-Weighted
Indexes. The dollar gained 1.9 percent, while the euro weakened 0.2
percent.

Dollar Index 3 Month Chart INO 91.78 [Target 100.00]
http://quotes.ino.com/charting/index.html?s=NYBOT_DX&v=d3&t=c&a=50&w=1

Intercontinental Exchange Inc.’s U.S. Dollar Index, which measures the
currency’s performance against six major peers, rose 0.3 percent to
91.802 after climbing to 91.818, the highest level since December
2005.

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"We expect the ECB to announce a sovereign QE program on 22 January, and the first purchases to probably start in the following week," said Citi economist Guillaume Menuet.
World Currencies


"Given the sizeable decline in market-based inflation estimates and
the likelihood of a negative print for the December flash estimate, we
doubt that the ECB will choose to wait," he added. "Investors would
probably react very negatively to a “no QE” announcement."

Not helping the euro was a report Germany was making contingency plans
for the possible departure of Greece from the euro zone.

Tabloid newspaper Bild cited unnamed government sources saying Berlin
was running scenarios for the Jan. 25 Greek election in case of a
victory by the leftwing Syriza party.

Yields on U.S. 30-year paper dived to 2.471 percent to be just a
whisker above their all-time trough of 2.443 percent. The 10-year note
yielded 1.94 percent having fallen 23 basis points in just three
sessions.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/01/07/us-markets-global-idUSKBN0KG01J20150107

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The mean yield among benchmark securities issued by the U.S., Japan and Europe -- known as the Group of Three -- dropped to 0.89 percent yesterday, the least ever based on Bloomberg data going back to 1989.
World Currencies


Ten-year yields declined to records today in Australia and Japan.
Germany’s five-year yield extended its push to negative levels.

The benchmark U.S. 10-year yield was little changed at 1.95 percent at
10:26 a.m. in Tokyo, according to Bloomberg Bond Trader data. The
price of the 2.25 percent note maturing in November 2024 was 102
23/32.

Yields tumbled to 2.61 percent in Australia (GACGB10) and 0.265
percent in Japan. In Germany, 10-year yields fell as low as 0.44
percent yesterday and five-year borrowing costs slid to minus 0.01
percent.

The U.S. benchmark is still more than half a percentage point above
its all-time low of 1.38 percent set in 2012. The yield, used to set
borrowing costs for companies and governments around the world, has
fallen enough that it’s no longer attractive, Samsung Asset’s Doh
said.

Crude oil has declined 10 percent this year, after tumbling 46 percent in 2014.

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Crude Oil 6m Chart INO 47.90 [$40.00 now a Given]
Commodities


Brent LCOc1 cost just $51.01 a barrel having shed almost 10 percent so
far this week, while U.S. crude CLc1 was stuck at $48.02, after
plumbing an April 2009 low of $47.55.

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13-OCT-2014 The conditions [and I will explain them momentarily] are optimal for a complete wash-out [a 'blow-off bottom' was more earthy description in my time] down as far as $50 a barrel.
Commodities


In a situation where there is a net surplus, the price setter can be
those last sales transacted at deep discounts.

The conditions [and I will explain them momentarily] are optimal for a
complete wash-out [a ‘blow-off bottom’ was more earthy description in
my time] down as far as $50 a barrel. Markets overshoot, crude oil
does it big time and any and every model needs to consider such a
price outcome.

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Crude Oil 5 day Chart INO 47.90
Commodities


The price dipped below $50 on Jan. 5, the lowest since April 2009. The
decline represents a $4.4 billion drop in daily revenue for oil
producers, which equates to $1.6 trillion on an annualized basis,
Citigroup researchers led by Edward Morse said in a Jan. 4 note to
clients.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2015-01-05/oilfield-writedowns-loom-as-market-collapse-guts-drilling-values.html

Players In The Global Oil Export Market Business Insider
http://uk.businessinsider.com/rbc-oil-export-market-share-chart-2014-12?r=US

The biggest collapse in energy prices since the 2008 global recession
is shifting wealth and power from autocratic petro-states to
industrialized consumers, which could make the world safer, according
to a Berenberg Bank AG report.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2015-01-07/oil-at-40-means-boon-for-some-no-ice-cream-for-others.html

If the price falls past $39 a barrel, we could see it go as low as $30
a barrel, said Walter Zimmerman, chief technical strategist for
United-ICAP in Jersey City, New Jersey, who projected the 2014 drop.

The biggest winner would be the Philippines, whose economic growth
would accelerate to 7.6 percent on average over the next two years if
oil fell to $40, while Russia would contract 2.5 percent over the same
period, according to an Oxford Economics Ltd.’s December analysis of
45 national economies.

Among advanced economies, Hong Kong is the biggest winner, while Saudi
Arabia, Russia and the United Arab Emirates fare the worst, according
to Oxford Economics.

“Any massive redistribution of income can raise political tensions,”
Schmieding of Berenberg Bank said in the Jan. 6 report. “But, net/net,
strengthening the U.S., Europe, Japan, China and India, while
weakening Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela, is likely to make
the world a safer place in the end.”

December 1st 2014 The oil price collapse marks a major inflexion point.
http://www.rich.co.ke/media/docs/038NSX0112.pdf

Gold 6 month INO 1217.47 [expecting a Triple Digit Print in 2015]
http://quotes.ino.com/charting/index.html?s=FOREX_XAUUSDO&t=c&a=50&w=1&v=d6

The metal rose for a third day yesterday to $1,223.19, the highest since Dec. 16

Emerging Markets

Frontier Markets

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“The group believed that Gambian army soldiers would drop their weapons and flee, being unwilling to die for President Jammeh,” said the FBI of the coup attempt. The plotters were wrong.
Africa


The guard had been increased. One of the assault teams fired a shot in
the air, hoping the soldiers would flee. Instead, they began firing on
the plotters from guard towers around the compound. Most of the
plotters died, a few fled. Two – code named “Fox” and “Dave” – have
been arrested and are in custody in the US.

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President Jammeh
Africa


@SureKamhunga Bob Diamond: average age in sub-Saharan Africa 18; US is
38. There will be more babies born this year in Nigeria than all of
western Europe.
https://twitter.com/SureKamhunga/status/552485252879630336

Brooklyn Vibe as Hipsters and Craft Beer Come to Jo’burg
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2015-01-05/brooklyn-vibe-as-hipsters-and-craft-beer-come-to-jo-burg.html

At the Neighbourgoods market in a concrete parking level of
Johannesburg’s Braamfontein district, where hipsters indulge in
organic food and craft beer, the format is familiar to some visitors.

“It all felt very Brooklyn warehousey to me,” said Jeralyn Gerba, 33,
co-founder of travel website Fathom and a resident of the New York
borough, of her visit to the venue while on vacation. Together with
her husband, Justin Carter, an international DJ who throws the party
Mister Saturday Night, she sipped coconut water and snacked on Thai
spring rolls and fried chicken. “It was a real smorgasbord,” Gerba
said.

The market held on Saturdays, which can draw more than 6,000 people,
is the biggest catalyst for growth in the mixed-use neighborhood
located on the northern edge of the central business district,
according to Adam Levy, 38, a Johannesburg developer who first bought
a building there in 2004.

The once fashionable area is undergoing a revival after the end of
apartheid in the 1990s was accompanied by an exodus of big businesses
to hubs further north such as Sandton, abandoning many buildings to
squatters. That helped stoke a surge in crime.

“We had the idea to change this dogma of fear,” said Levy, seated
outside at a barbecue restaurant just down the block from a bike shop
specializing in vintage and fixed-gear models. Multi-racial groups
mostly in their twenties wearing vibrant colors, often accessorized
with designer sunglasses or beards, crossed the street.

Johannesburg’s CBD is about a square kilometer (0.4 square mile) in
size and includes the headquarters for the South African operations of
mining companies Anglo American Plc (AAL) and BHP Billiton. (BLT)
Evidence of earlier abandonment by business is the 30-story Carlton
Hotel, where guests including former French President Francois
Mitterrand and Mick Jagger stayed, dormant since 1997.

Kentridge said he’d been to a dinner in the midst of the CBD, in the
area between Maboneng and Braamfontein.

“The streets when you drove around it at 10 o’clock at night were
completely deserted,” he said. “Like there’d been some huge disaster
that no one had told you about. And that has to change.”

That may be happening.

“You didn’t get many people flocking to this area and now you do
because there is so much to do, there’s lots of activities and places
to chill, drink, eat,” said Karishma Magan. “I have a lot of hope for
this place.”

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South Africa All Share Bloomberg -2.34% 2015
Africa


48,598.19 +767.15 +1.60%

Dollar versus Rand 6 Month Chart INO 11.7256
http://quotes.ino.com/charting/index.html?s=FOREX_USDZAR&v=d6&t=c&a=50&w=1

Egypt Pound versus The Dollar 3 Month Chart INO 7.1494
http://quotes.ino.com/charting/index.html?s=FOREX_USDEGP&v=d3&t=c&a=50&w=1

Egypt EGX30 Bloomberg -1.39% 2015
http://www.bloomberg.com/quote/CASE:IND

8,798.94 -212.13 -2.35%

Nigeria All Share Bloomberg -6.16%
http://www.bloomberg.com/quote/NGSEINDX:IND

32,522.31 -1,420.98 -4.19%

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Nigeria Relooks FX Rules as Pledges No Capital Controls
Africa


Nigeria will never introduce capital controls and is reviewing a rule
introduced last month that investors said crushed liquidity in the
foreign exchange market, according to the governor of the central
bank.

The currency of Africa’s largest oil producer has been battered by
crude prices that have dropped more than 50 percent since June. The
naira depreciated 11 percent in the past three months, the most among
24 African currencies tracked by Bloomberg. The Central Bank of
Nigeria last month told banks to clear foreign exchange positions
daily, having previously allowed them net-open positions of 1 percent
of shareholder funds, in a bid to bolster the currency.

“There will be a review in due course,” Godwin Emefiele said by phone
from Abuja, the capital, yesterday. “But I can tell you categorically
it will no longer be 1 percent. It will be less than 1 percent. The
reason we put a stop to 1 percent is because we felt that it was too
large to be held by banks as a trading position.”

The bank has no plans to change a rule adopted around the same time
that dollars bought in the interbank market be used within 48 hours or
sold to the regulator, Emefiele said. The naira is “currently
appropriately priced” and no new measures are being considered,
Emefiele said.

The currency weakened for a second day, falling 0.4 percent to trade
at 184.17 per dollar as of 8 p.m. in Lagos yesterday. There were 18
trades in the naira in the eight hours through 5 p.m. local time,
compared with 215 four weeks ago, before the measures were introduced,
according to data compiled by Bloomberg from at least 39 local and
international banks.

The measures implemented by the regulator has made it difficult for
foreign investors to exit their holdings, Samir Gadio, head of African
strategy at Standard Chartered Plc, said. “There’s a risk that these
measures last as long as the central bank feels it doesn’t have the
ability to control the exchange rate,” he said by phone from London
yesterday, before Emefiele announced the review.

“That is news to me that foreign investors are unable to exit their
positions,” Emefiele said. “If any foreign investor needs to exit its
position, he should make a demand to a bank. If the bank cannot find
those dollars to buy in the interbank market, the central bank will
provide the dollars.”

Witnesses said troops fought valiantly for several hours before
running out of ammunition, when they fled alongside civilians.
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/nigerian-defense-chief-military-base-hands-extremists-28026238

Ghana Stock Exchange Composite Index Bloomberg +0.60% 2015
http://www.bloomberg.com/quote/GGSECI:IND

2,274.18 8.28 0.36%

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The suspension included a section of the wide-ranging bill, popularly known as the ‘anti-terror’ law, that amended Kenya's Refugees Act.
Kenyan Economy


The amendment stipulates that, "the number of refugees and asylum
seekers permitted to stay in Kenya shall not exceed 150,000."

Currently there are over 600,000 refugees, asylum seekers and
stateless people living in Kenya, according to the UN Refugee Agency
(UNHCR).

“We are getting a $500 million loan (Sh45 billion) from the World Bank
to clear loans held by Kenya Power so that we can lower the interest
cost,” said Energy secretary Davis Chirchir in an interview.
http://www.businessdailyafrica.com/Corporate-News/Banks-lose-out-as-Kenya-Power-gets-Sh45bn-to-pay-loans/-/539550/2580702/-/ngkjs3/-/index.html



Kenya Power increased its borrowings from Sh51 billion in 2013 to Sh70
billion last year.

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Kenya Power KPLC share price data here +10.175% over the last 2 sessions
Kenyan Economy


Par Value:                  20/-
Closing Price:           15.70
Total Shares Issued:          1951467045.00
Market Capitalization:        30,638,032,607
EPS:             3.31
PE:                 4.743

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“Base notes the recommendation of the board of World Titanium that their shareholders reject the offer. The directors of Base continue to believe there are compelling reasons to accept the offer and encourage World Titanium shareholders to read the bidd
Kenyan Economy


Conclusions

I expect Base to get the 40%.

Base Launches offer for World Titanium Resources The Star
http://www.rich.co.ke/media/docs/031NSX0501.pdf

Tim Carstens Base Titanium #Kwale Mineral Sands 951 days ago
http://www.twitpic.com/9q75fh

Kenya Shilling versus The Dollar Live ForexPros 90.90
http://j.mp/5jDOot

Nairobi All Share Bloomberg -0.63% 2015
http://www.BLOOMBERG.COM/quote/NSEASI:IND

161.86 -0.31 -0.19%

Nairobi ^NSE20 Bloomberg -0.28% 2015
http://j.mp/ajuMHJ

5,098.49 +8.78 +0.17%

Every Listed Share can be interrogated here
http://www.rich.co.ke/rcdata/nsestocks.php

Small caps stir the market with huge capital gains in 2014 @BD_Africa
http://www.businessdailyafrica.com/Small-caps-stir-the-market-with-huge-capital-gains-in-2014/-/539552/2580648/-/jw4jh9z/-/index.html

Counters such as Eaagads, Unga Group, Kenya Orchards, Kakuzi, Limuru
Tea, Car & General, Express Kenya and Umeme returned annual price
gains of above 50 per cent in 2014, overhauling the NSE All Share
Index which grew 19.2 per cent.

Car & General ended last year 80 per cent up at Sh54, with its
turnover up from Sh10.9 million in 2013 to Sh124 million last year
Express Ltd and Umeme were up 59 and 61 per cent respectively to
Sh6.20 and Sh21.

Agriculture stocks Eaagads, Kakuzi and Limuru Tea were up 77, 89 and
54 per cent last year to end December at Sh42, Sh180 and Sh771
respectively. This helped boost the segment into one of the top-three
performers during the year alongside banking and insurance.

Equity turnover for Eaagads rose from Sh90.5 million to Sh2.45 billion
between 2013 and 2014, Kakuzi’s was up to Sh166 million from the
previous Sh61 million while Limuru Tea which has only 1.2 million
issued shares saw its turnover double to Sh43.3 million as its price
rose above the Sh1,000 mark in the fourth quarter.

Investors may also be awakening to the potential value held by firms
that have huge land holdings, especially after the unfolding of a
high-stakes battle for listed plantations firm Rea Vipingo.

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N.S.E Today


The Business Daily's Headline today reads

''Capital gains tax hits trading as KRA stands firm''

The Article reads in part

''The implementation of the capital gains tax on share transactions
has become controversial, as stockbrokers claim that they are not
legally obligated to collect the levy on behalf of the taxman.

The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), however, sought to turn the heat on
the brokers Tuesday by warning that they will be liable for any taxes
that they fail to collect since the tax became effective on January 2,
the first trading day of the year.''

This is clearly not helpful for sentiment. I accept the Optics of 5%
around the CGT means the Tax is actually set very low but the issue is
around sentiment. I think to expect StockBrokers to morph into Tax
Collection Agents is simply not workable. StockBrokers do not have the
360 degree visibility on their Clients' Portfolios. . So I am
concerned that the Introduction of the CGT is designed for Failure and
I ,for one, would suggest a step back at this moment. Queering
sentiment carries spillover and contagion risks.

Global Markets have been like rabbits caught in the Headlights
watching the Oil Price crash below $50.00 [Brent] today.

The Dollar trades real  muscular in 2015 and the Shilling was last
trading at a November 2011 low of 91.10.
The All Share ticked a very marginal 0.06 point slower to close at 161.80
The Nairobi NSE20 firmed 4.18 points to close at 5,102.67 and higher
for the 2nd consecutive session.
Trading was subdued at 351.382m.



N.S.E Equities - Agricultural


Unga rallied +5.696% to close at 41.75 and was locked at session highs
of 42.75 +8.23%. Unga was a Big Performer at the Bourse in 2014.

Eaagads [which is a Coffee Pure Play and Coffee [Caffeine High] was a
Stand-Out in a weak commodity complex in 2014] rallied 5.031% to close
at 41.75 and traded 12,000 shares



N.S.E Equities - Commercial & Services


Safaricom was the most actively traded share at the Exchange and
closed unchanged at 13.90 with 5.022m shares worth 69.799m. Safaricom
has corrected 7.333% off a Record Closing High of 15.00 reached 9th
December. Since Safaricom entered a Bull Market in 2012 it has
typically corrected 10% Peak to Trough in what is a classic Bull
Channel Pattern. Safaricom is basing out and set to turn higher again.

Uchumi firmed 0.487% to close at 10.30 but was printing 10.70 +4.39%
at the closing Bell. Uchumi traded 163,700 shares and has now rallied
14.444% above its rights Issue Price. Momentum is pointing the Price
higher.



N.S.E Equities - Finance & Investment


NIC Bank rallied +3.4188% to close at 60.50 and was trading at its
Daily limit of 64.00 +9.4% at the Finish Line. NIC Bank traded 30,400
shares and the Spurt higher during the session was triggered by Social
Media Comments first from @Morris_Aron who tweeted ''ALERT: Reports of
NIC/CBA merger talks'' and the Nairobi Tech Blog and I quote;

"Deal rationale is that balance sheet size will matter for corporate
deals. Further the retail markets are similar and can be serviced by
one brand. Likelihood of the deal in the near term is 60 per cent," a
high level source said.

"Mshwari could potentially be hived out as stand alone business to
chart its own course."

Equity Bank closed unchanged at 49.50 and traded 1.009m shares.
Sellers outpaced Buyers by a Factor of 23 Sellers for every 5 Buyers
through the session.



N.S.E Equities - Industrial & Allied


Kenya Power KPLC continued its winning ways and closed 1.592% to close
at 15.95 and traded 563,500 shares. KPLC has rallied +10.763% since
the start of the Year. The Energy secretary Davis Chirchir said this;

"We are getting a $500 million loan (Sh45 billion) from the World Bank
to clear loans held by Kenya Power so that we can lower the interest
cost."

Buyers have rallied the price in 2015 on the basis of a sharply
reduced interest charge.

BAT ticked 0.22% higher to close at 900 on strong volume of 53,100
shares worth 47.831m.

EABL eased 0.65% to close at 305.00 and traded 126,800 shares. 300.00
will provide strong Buy Side Support in 2015.



by Aly Khan Satchu (www.rich.co.ke)
 
 
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January 2015
 
 
 
 
 
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