Nigeria’s 10 Best Stocks of 2013

Nigerian Stock Exchange

It was a remarkable year for the Naija exchange. The All Share Index surged 44.6% in US dollar terms thanks to impressive profit growth and a raft of market reforms.

Let’s take a closer look at the year’s best performers.

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Kenya’s Five Best Stocks of 2013

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In a year that saw Kenyans hold their collective breath through a tense presidential election and then be faced with a horrific terror attack, investors worldwide made their bullishness on the nation’s future clear.

The Nairobi Securities Exchange’s All Share Index soared 43.7% in US dollar terms, ranking it among the world’s very best.

While big names like Safaricom and ARM Cement recorded terrific performances in 2013, the year’s most explosive price gains came from insurance firms and investment holdings companies.

Let’s count ‘em down, shall we?

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The BRVM’s 5 Best Stocks of 2013

The BRVM's home base, Abidjan

Investors at the Bourse Régionale des Valeurs Mobilières reaped the peace dividend in 2013.

Less than two years after the end of its second civil war, stability has returned to Cote d’Ivoire. And Ivorian companies, which dominate the BRVM’s main index, propelled the Abidjan-based market to a 46% return in US dollar terms.

Here’s a countdown of the top performers.

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Mauritius’ 5 Best Stocks of 2013

Sunny skies for the Stock Exchange of Mauritius in 2013

It seems there’s less trouble in paradise.

After a disappointing 2012, which saw its main index drop over 13% in US dollar terms, the Stock Exchange of Mauritius rebounded for a solid 21% gain this past year.

Here’s a countdown of the stocks that made the biggest splash.

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Ghana’s Best 5 Stocks of 2013

The Ghana Stock Exchange's performance reflects vibrant Accra

Ghana investors will probably pinch themselves after reviewing their portfolios’ 2013 performance.

In spite of a breathtaking 19% drop in the value of the local currency, the market still surged almost 45% in US dollar terms, ranking it among the world’s best.

Which companies notched the most impressive performances? Let’s take a look-see.

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The Zimbabwe Stock Exchange’s 5 Best Performers of 2013

Tobacco growers performed well on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange in 2013

It was a terrific year at the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange. The market’s main index climbed 31%.

Surprising, isn’t it? With a disputed election result, tougher indigenization laws, and under-capitalized banks, you’d think investors would be sizing up a good mattress to hide their hard-earned savings under – not investing in stocks.

But while the mood in Harare may have been gloomy, foreign investors saw relatively inexpensive assets, priced in dollars, in an economy with relatively cheap foreign exchange controls. And they swamped the market. Foreigners accounted for more than 80% of trade volume during the second half of the year.

Curious to see what they were bidding on?

Here’s a countdown of Zimbabwe’s top stocks of 2013.

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Botswana’s 5 Best Stocks of 2013

Home of the Botswana Stock Exchange

The Botswana Stock Exchange had a disappointing year. As of this writing, its Domestic Companies Index had increased just 5.0% in dollar terms (17.9% in local currency).

Botswana has been slow to recover from the big gem price crash of 2011. Diamonds account for roughly 30% of the southern African nation’s GDP.

But while the market as a whole may have been mediocre, several companies posted terrific performances.

Here’s a countdown of Botswana’s best stocks of 2013.

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Where to Invest Now: The Most Promising African Stock Markets

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African stock markets have put together an incredible run of late. This has prompted several readers to ask which one looks like the biggest bargain now.

So, I thought it would be a good time to look back at a post that attempted to answer this question 13 months ago to evaluate how well my forecast panned out and to see what my crystal ball is telling me will happen over the next 12 months.

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The Ghana Stock Exchange Is Crushing It (And Here’s Why)

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What’s gotten into the Ghana Stock Exchange?

The MSCI Ghana Index has soared of late. It’s now 37% higher than it was at the beginning of the year. Think about that. That’s 37% in just over two months!

Let’s see what’s behind the rally and which stocks have done the most to drive the market higher. The following is a countdown of the top seven performing Ghanaian stocks and their US Dollar-adjusted gains.

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The 10 Best Kenyan Stocks Over the Past Five Years

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Five years ago, Kenyans were in the midst of one of the darkest months in their nation’s history. A deeply flawed presidential election resulted in protests that rapidly descended into a spate of ethnic violence.

Unsurprisingly, the Nairobi Stock Exchange took a dive, losing $591 million on 2008′s first day of trading.

At the time, it was difficult to see how the country would recover. But Kenyan businesses picked up the pieces and carried on, producing goods and services, creating jobs, and investing in a better future.

As Kenyans warily enter into another election season (polls are scheduled for March), it can be difficult to see past the daily political headlines. They can cause even the most savvy investor to overreact – selling in a dip and buying on a bounce.

So, I think it’s helpful to take a closer look at how resilient Kenyan businesses have been in order to help us keep a long-term view.

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