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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Foreign Investors Back with a Bang

Foreigners Flock NSE
Despite the recent jitters about the stock market that saw various politicians make remarks about the stock market, indications are ripe that foreign investors are not shying away from the Nairobi Stock Exchange.
Infact over the last few weeks insiders have it that foreign investors are now flocking the NSE. Their deals in some days have accounted for more than 40 per cent of the trades in a number of counters.

Blue Chips
It appears that the target of this investors are blue chips including, East African Breweries Limited (EABL), Kenya Airways (KQ), Barclays Bank (BBK), Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB), Mumias Sugar Company (MSC), Kenya Electricity Generating Company (Kengen) and recent debutant to the NSE Kenya Reinsurance (Kenya Re) amongst others.

Economic Fundamentals
It is noteworthy therefore that the re-entry of foreign investors into the local equity market is a clear indicator of the strong perception of the country’s economic fundamentals and favourable corporate earnings projections in the country despite the impending elections that has been expected to send these investors packing due to uncertainty of the election outcomes.

Political Comments
The recent reassurance by some presidential candidates on their support for the goings-on at the NSE against a backdrop of earlier negative comments on the sam market is welcome and is a positive signal to more foreign investors as well as local investors to flock the NSE in preparation for the Safaricom IPO.

Safaricom IPO
There are strong indications that various players across the global divide (From Wallstreet to Kimathi Street) are positioning themselves to invest in this most profitable company that raked in 17B profir last year and expected to beat such feats given its current products that have been positively received by customers including MPESA service. Their expansion programs are also welcome and it is a matter of time before we proudly own THE BETTER OPTION.

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