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23 Stocks Depreciate as Market Sheds N4bn




The Nigerian Stock Exchange’s market capitalisation fell by N4bn as 23 stocks depreciated at the close of trading on the Exchange’s floor on Wednesday.

The NSE market capitalisation slid to N9.699tn from N9.703tn, while the All-Share Index closed at 28,236.23 basis points from 28,248.86 basis points.

A total of 159.046 million shares valued at N1.454bn were trading in 3,237 deals.

The NSE ASI declined by four basis points following continued mixed performances across key sectors.

The industrial goods sector weighed most on the ASI following declines in Lafarge Africa Plc to the tune of 2.02 per cent and Dangote Cement Plc by 0.27 per cent.

While the consumer goods sector extended its four-session gaining streak on the back of 1.36 per cent advance in Nigerian Breweries Plc shares, 4.59 per cent appreciation in GlaxoSmithkline Consumer Nigeria Plc and 2.80 per cent rise in Champion Breweries Plc share prices.

The oil and gas sector remained in negative territory due to 7.71 per cent loss in Oando share price and 2.75 per cent fall in Total Nigeria Plc shares.

The financial services sector fell by 0.07 per cent following mixed closes across players. Stanbic IBTC Group Plc shares appreciated by 3.16 per cent, Zenith Bank Plc by 1.15 per cent; while the share prices of Wema Bank Plc and Union Bank of Nigeria Plc declined by 4.35 per cent and 2.44 per cent respectively.

Market breadth remained even with 23 advances and 23 declines.

On the global front, Asian markets traded mixed amidst a relatively stronger Yen, whilst European stock traded higher as oil prices rose following a surprise decrease in the United States crude inventory. The US markets are set to open higher ahead of a barrage of Fed speakers.

On what will shape the next trading session, analysts at Vetiva Capital Management Plc, said, “The sustained even market breadth and persistent mixed performances across key sectors somewhat underscore that investor sentiment remains mixed. We believe this would continue to drive sideways trading in the sessions ahead.

Amid relatively unchanged liquidity, the interbank call rate moderated slightly to 14.67 per cent, representing a fall by 50 basis points. In the foreign exchange interbank market, the naira depreciated by one kobo to close at N312.99 while the one-year forward remained unchanged at N351.60.

Sentiment turned bearish in Wednesday’s session as yields on fixed income instruments trended upwards. In the Treasury bills space, yields climbed 20 basis points on average amid sell pressure on mid-dated maturities.

In particular, yields on the 148 day-to-maturity, 176DTM, and 225DTM bills closed at 19.83 per cent, 19.24 per cent, and 20.31 per cent respectively.


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


SEC To Ban Unregistered CMOs From Operating By Month End



The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) says it will stop operations of Capital Market Operators (CMOs) that are yet to renew their registration on May 31, 2021.

This was contained in a circular signed by the management of SEC in Abuja on Monday.

On March 23, SEC had informed the general public and CMOs on the reintroduction of the periodic renewal of registration by operators.

The commission noted that the reintroduction of the registration renewal was due to the need to have a reliable data bank of all the CMOs registered and active in the country’s capital market.

“To provide updated information on operators in the Nigerian Capital Market for reference and other official purposes by local and foreign investors, other regulatory agencies and the general public, to increasingly reduce incidences of unethical practices by CMOs such as may affect investors’ confidence and impact negatively on the Nigerian Capital Market and to strengthen supervision and monitoring of CMOs by the Commission,” SEC explained.

According to the circular, the commission said CMOs yet to renew their registration at the expiration of late filing on May 31, would not be eligible to operate in the capital market.

It explained that CMOs were required to have completed the renewal process on or before April 30, however, the commission said late filing for renewal of registration would only be entertained from May 1 to May 31.

SEC also said that asides from barring the CMOs who failed to comply accordingly, their names would be published on its website and national dailies.

It added that names of eligible CMOs would be communicated to the relevant securities exchanges and trade associations.

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A Threat to Revenue As Nigeria’s Largest Importer of Crude, India slash Imports By $39.5B



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Nigeria’s revenue earning capacity has come under threat following the reduction of importation of crude oil by India.

India, Nigeria’s largest crude oil importer, reduced crude oil imports by $39.5bn in April, compared to the same time the previous year, data from India’s Petroleum Planning & Analysis Cell showed.

According to the Indian High Commission in Nigeria, India’s crude oil imports from Nigeria in 2020 amounted to $10.03bn.

This represented 17 percent of Nigeria’s total crude exports for the year according to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, as quoted by

As Nigeria’s largest importer of crude oil, lockdowns in India’s major cities from the COVID-19 surge in April had ripple effects on Nigeria’s oil sales.

The NNPC was prompted to drop the official standard price of its main export streams, Bonny Light, Brass River, Erha, and Qua Iboe, by 61-62 cents per barrel below its April 2021 prices. They traded at $0.9, $0.8, $0.65, $0.97 per barrel respectively, below dated Brent, the international benchmark, as showed.

India had been buying the not-too-light and not-too-heavy Nigerian crudes that suited its refiners.

Reuters reported that the Indian Oil Corporation’s owned refineries were operating at 95 percent capacity in April, down from 100 percent at the same time the previous month.

An official at the IOC was quoted as saying, “If cases continue to rise and curbs are intensified, we may see cuts in refinery runs and lower demand after a month.” Hundreds of seafarers risked being stuck at sea beyond the expiry of their contracts, a large independent crude ship owner reportedly told Bloomberg.

India reportedly bought more American and Canadian oil at the expense of Africa and the Middle East, reducing purchases from members of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to around 2.86 million barrels per day.

This squeezed the group’s share of imports to 72 percent from around 80 percent previously, as India’s refiners were diversifying purchases to boost margins, according to Reuters.

India also plans to increase local crude oil production and reduce import expenses as its population swells, according to Bloomberg.

A deregulation plan by the Narendra Modi-led government to boost national production to 40 million tonnes of crude oil by 2023/2024, an increase of almost eight million tonnes, had already been initiated.

According to Business Today, an Indian paper, the country currently imports 82 percent of its oil needs, which amounted to $87bn in 2019.

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Invest Africa and DLA Piper Partner to Support ESG Best Practice in African Renewable Energy Projects



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The global law firm, DLA Piper, has partnered with Invest Africa, the leading trade and investment platform for African markets, to support the development of ESG best practice in African renewable energy projects.

Clear Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) targets and measurements have become an increasingly important part of fundraising as investors seek to align their portfolios with sustainable growth. For a continent boasting ample natural resources, this presents a significant opportunity for Africa’s green energy sector. However, renewable does not always equal sustainable and developing and articulating ESG metrics can pose a significant challenge to projects as they prepare investment rounds.

The project will assemble experts from the worlds of impact investment, development finance and law. Across a series of online meetings, participants will discuss strategies to improve ESG practices in African renewable projects from both a fundraising and operational perspective.

Amongst those speaking in the inaugural session on Thursday 13th May are Cathy Oxby, Chief Commercial Officer, Africa GreencoDr. Valeria Biurrun-Zaumm, Senior Investment Manager, DEGOrli Arav, Managing Director – Facility For Energy Inclusion (FEI) – Lion’s Head Global PartnersBeatrice Nyabira, Partner, DLA Piper Africa, Kenya (IKM Advocates) and Natasha Luther-Jones, Partner, Global Co-Chair of Energy and Natural Resources, International Co-Head, Sustainability and ESG, DLA Piper.

Veronica Bolton-Smith, COO of Invest Africa said, “Africa is particularly vulnerable to the impact of climate change despite contributing very little to global emissions. As the price of renewables fall, they will form an ever more important part of Africa’s electrification. In this context, it is essential that projects be given the tools to apply best practice in ESG not only from an environmental perspective but also in terms of good governance, fair working conditions and contribution to social inclusion. I look forward to working closely with DLA Piper on this important topic.”

Natasha Luther-Jones, Global Co-Chair Energy and Natural Resources and International Co-Head Sustainability and ESG at DLA Piper also commented, “Climate change is one of the biggest challenges companies, and people, face today and when we look at its reduction – whether that be in how we power our devices, what we eat or how we dress, where we live or how we work – all roads come back to the need to increase the amount of accessible, and affordable, clean energy. However, renewable energy companies are not automatically sustainable as sustainability is a focus on all ESG factors, not just environmental. We know the need for renewable energy is only going to continue to rise, and therefore so will the number and size of renewable energy companies. The additional challenge is to make sure they are truly sustainable organisations and that’s what we’re excited about discussing during the webinar.”

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