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Stock Market Closes Flat as 22 Stocks Appreciate

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The Nigeria Stock Exchange closed flat on Wednesday after a 0.02 per cent gain. Market capitalisation rose marginally by N1bn to close at N9.691tn from N9.690tn recorded on Tuesday.

The All-Share Index also closed at 28,214.57 basis points from 28,209.93 basis points.

A total of 3.095 billion stocks valued at N6.24bn exchanged hands in 2,815 deals.

The highest index point attained in the course of trading was 28,214.57 basis points, while the lowest and average index points were 27,725.40 and 27,969.66 basis points respectively.

Conoil Plc, PZ Cussons Plc, Oando Plc, Wema Bank Plc and May and Baker Nigeria Plc emerged as the top five gainers. Conoil shares appreciated by N3.91 (10.11 per cent) to close at N42.60 from N38.69.

The share price of PZ Cussons appreciated by N0.90 (4.98 per cent) to close at N18.97 from 18.07, while that of Oando posted a N0.26 (4.87 per cent) gain to close at N5.60 from N5.34.

The shares of Wema Bank Plc closed at N0.65 from N0.62, appreciating by N0.03 (4.84 per cent), while May and Baker recorded a gain of N0.04 (4.30 per cent) on its share price to close at N0.97 from N0.93.

Other gainers were Cutix Plc, Cadbury Nigeria Plc, MRS Plc, Diamond Bank Plc, Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc, Zenith Bank Plc, Continental Reinsurance Plc, Eterna Plc, Champion Breweries Plc, FBN Holdings Plc and Custodian and Allied Plc.

Total Nigeria Plc, African Prudential Registrars Plc, Union Bank of Nigeria Plc, United Bank of Africa Plc, Unilever Nigeria Plc and Nestle Nigeria Plc also emerged as gainers.

From the NSE data, 22 stocks recorded gains, while 13 stocks depreciated.

Leading the losers’ chart were Neimeth International Pharmaceutical Plc, Guinness Nigeria Plc, ETranzact International Plc,  Paints and Coatings Manufacturers  Nigeria Plc and Skye Bank Plc.

The shares of Neimeth depreciated by N0.10 (9.26 per cent) to close at N0.98 from N1.08, while the share price of Guinness plunged to N93 from N100, losing N7 (seven per cent).

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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Ecobank To Pay Customers N5 For Every Dollar Received

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Ecobank To Pay Customers N5 For Every Dollar Received

Ecobank has implemented the CBN scheme which offers N5 for every Dollar received into domiciliary accounts or as cash over the counter. Korede Demola-Adeniyi; Head, of Consumer Banking, Ecobank Nigeria, who announced this in Lagos stated that the decision is in line with the CBN directive and fully aligns with efforts to encourage the inflow of diaspora remittances into the country.

She noted that the “CBN Naira 4 dollar scheme” is an unprecedented incentive for senders and recipients of international money transfers.

Korede Demola-Adeniyi said that the scheme takes effect from 8th March and will run till 8th May 2021. “Ecobank will pay N5 on every Dollar so beneficiaries will not only get the foreign currency sent from their family and friends abroad, but they will also get extra Naira”, she stated.

Only recently, Ecobank had a first-of-its-kind virtual Diaspora Summit to discuss opportunities for Nigerians living abroad and the various platforms available to assist them with their investment decisions and remittance needs. The event had major players in the remittance space, diaspora audience, government officials and notable stakeholders in attendance.

Further, the Managing Director, Ecobank Nigeria, Patrick Akinwuntan has disclosed that apart from consistent engagement with Nigerians in the diaspora, Ecobank is leveraging its digital technology to make remittances to Nigeria and Africa easy, convenient and affordable.

Mr. Akinwuntan stated that growing evidence has shown a positive relationship between diaspora remittances and economic growth.

“Ecobank will continue to pursue its mandate of helping to enhance the economic development and integration of Africa, through the 33 countries where the bank operates on the continent. Ecobank’s Rapidtransfer and mobile app (Ecobank Mobile) enable Africans, wherever they are, to easily and instantly send money to bank accounts, mobile wallets and agent locations across 33 African countries”, he stated.

Ecobank Nigeria, a member of the Pan African Banking Group is committed to supporting Africans in the diaspora by providing advisory services, remittance solutions, investment options and financial planning schemes. The bank also offers mortgages, treasury bills, capital market instruments, among others.

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Peter Obaseki Retires as Chief Operating Officer of FCMB Group Plc

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The Board of Directors of FCMB Group Plc has announced the retirement of Mr. Peter Obaseki, the Chief Operating Officer of the financial institution, with effect from March 1, 2021. He was also an Executive Director of the Group.

His retirement was approved at a meeting of the Board of the Group on February 26, 2021. This has also been announced in a statement to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) by the financial institution.

The Chairman of FCMB Group Plc’s Board of Directors, Mr Oladipupo Jadesimi, thanked Mr. Obaseki for his valuable service and excellent support to the Board for many years.

FCMB Group Plc is a holding company divided along three business Groups; Commercial and Retail Banking (First City Monument Bank Limited, Credit Direct Limited, FCMB (UK) Limited and FCMB Microfinance Bank Limited); Investment Banking (FCMB Capital Markets Limited and CSL Stockbrokers Limited); as well as Asset & Wealth Management (FCMB Pensions Limited, FCMB Asset Management Limited and FCMB Trustees Limited).

The Group and its subsidiaries are leaders in their respective segments with strong fundamentals.

For more information about FCMB Group Plc, please visit www.fcmbgroup.com.

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COVID-19: CBN Extends Loan Repayment by Another One Year

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Central Bank Extends One-Year Moratorium by 12 Months

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has extended the repayment of its discounted interest rate on intervention facility by another one-year following the expiration of the first 12 months moratorium approved on March 1, 2020.

The apex bank stated in a circular titled ‘Re: Regulatory forbearance for the restructuring of credit facilities of other financial institutions impacted by COVID-19’ and released on Wednesday to all financial institutions.

In the circular signed by Kelvin Amugo, the Director, Financial Policy and Regulation Department, CBN, the apex bank said the role-over of the moratorium on the facilities would be considered on a case by case basis.

The circular read, “The Central Bank of Nigeria reduced the interest rates on the CBN intervention facilities from nine per cent to five per cent per annum for one year effective March 1, 2020, as part of measures to mitigate the negative impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the Nigerian economy.

“Credit facilities, availed through participating banks and OFIs, were also granted a one-year moratorium on all principal payments with effect from March 1, 2020.

“Following the expiration of the above timelines, the CBN hereby approves as follows:

“The extension by another 12 months to February 28, 2022 of the discounted interest rate for the CBN intervention facilities.

“The role-over of the moratorium on the above facilities shall be considered on a case by case basis.”

It would be recalled that the apex bank reduced the interest rate on its intervention facility from nine percent to five percent and approved a 12-month moratorium in March 2020 to ease the negative impact of COVID-19 on businesses.

To further deepen economic recovery and stimulate growth, the apex bank has extended the one year-moratorium until February 28, 2022.

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