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What is ShareData Online?
ShareData Online is the stock market information site of ProfileData, a leading South African vendor of JSE listed company information, including price feeds, fundamental reports, financial statistics, performance information, standardised ratios, valuations, news feeds and much more. ProfileData's clients include nearly two hundred companies in the South African financial markets space, including asset managers, stockbroking firms, LISPs, and major business news websites. ShareData Online provides web access to ProfileData's JSE information. The site is used by private investors and professionals. A companion website, FundsData Online, provides access to ProfileData's information on unit trusts and collective investment schemes. Both websites provide basic information for free. Subscriptions offer access to more detailed information and a range of useful analytical tools. For more information about ProfileData and our holding company, Profile Group, please visit our corporate website.
 
There's a lot of stuff here and I'm not a stock market expert… where do I begin?
You're in the right place if you want to learn about navigation tools and tips – the FAQ/Help pages answer questions on finding shares and moving around. To find out more about stock market terminology and the meaning of key facts and figures, check out our Sharepaedia – it has definitions and explanations to help novices and experts alike.
 
What is the free newsletter?
The ShareData Online newsletter (The Stock Market Daily) is a daily email summary of JSE information with an emphasis on results and company news. Mailed to subscribers after close of the markets each evening, the newsletter is a convenient way for busy people to see, at a glance, which companies have been in the news and which companies have released results. The newsletter also contains a summary of key market indicators, including major indexes and forex rates. Click here to sign up for The Stock Market Daily.
 
What's the difference between Free Registration and Subscription?
ShareData Online has three levels of content: free-to-view stuff (open to anybody), pages restricted to registered users, and pages restricted to subscribers. The pages restricted to free registered users include watchlists, portfolios, the alert service and the customisation options. We need users to register (and get a password) so we can protect private information (like portfolio details) and securely keep track of selections. We undertake not to abuse personal information (click here to read our privacy policy). Paying subscribers get access to all of ShareData Online's content, including professional-level data like consensus forecasts, director dealings, institutional support, PEG analysis, valuations, detailed financials, and much more. Click here to view the subscription options.
 
I'm a premium subscriber but the site won't let me log in…
In most instances this is because you are already logged in on another device – ShareData Online does not allow concurrent sessions on different devices. If you are not logged in elsewhere you can check the status of your subscription under Admin | My Account. For further help please contact SDOsupport@profile.co.za or phone 011-728-5510.
 
The red and green up/down arrows are confusing... what gives?
An up arrow means the price or value (eg, of an index) increased, a down arrow means the price or value decreased. An immutable principle. So far so good. But the colours are less clear-cut. Following the accepted universal norm, green signifies "good" and red signifies "bad". On many financial websites, the up arrow is always green and the down arrow is always red. But this is misleading. For example, if the price of US dollars in rands goes up (say, from R13 to R14), is that good or bad? It's bad if you're booking accommodation in New York; it might be good if you're an exporter. Either way, if dollars get more expensive we say the rand is weakening – on balance, a weaker rand is regarded as a bad thing. But the quoted exchange rate (ie, moving from R13 to R14) is going up. Hence an up arrow that is red – the rate went up and it's a bad thing. The converse is true for the oil price. Higher oil prices drive inflation and make imports more expensive (and SA is a net importer). So a falling oil price is good – hence a down arrow which is green. It's slightly confusing at first, but once you get used to it you'll wonder why anyone else does it differently.
 
Why are the JSE codes for some companies boxed and bold?
These are companies that provide additional information and useful links to make it easier for investors to do research and understand their businesses. The little box around a JSE code or shortname can be read as "investor-friendly company."
 
 
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