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Equities in Marginal Loss as Profit-taking Resurfaces



  • Equities in Marginal Loss as Profit-taking Resurfaces

Nigerian equities snapped a two-day rally yesterday as investors turned round to take profits on stocks that had led the recent rally. Underlying market sentiments remained largely negative at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) with nearly two losers for every gainer.

Aggregate market value of all quoted equities on the NSE dropped marginally from its opening value of N9.629 trillion to close at N9.627 trillion, representing net capital loss of N2 billion. The All Share Index (ASI), the value-based benchmark index for the stock market, also declined marginally by 0.03 per cent to close at 28,027.23 points as against its opening index of 28,034.32 points.

Group and sectoral indices showed mixed performance across the sectors. The NSE Industrial Goods Index declined by 0.9 per cent. The NSE Consumer Goods Index lost 0.6 per cent. However, the NSE Oil & Gas Index rose by 1.5 per cent. The NSE Banking Index appreciated by 0.7 per cent while the NSE Insurance Index inched up by 0.2 per cent.

With 20 losers to 13 gainers, the market performance was driven by the preponderance of losers to gainers as well as losses suffered by highly capitalised stocks, especially in the industrial goods and fast moving consumer goods sectors.

Nestle Nigeria, the highest-priced stock at the stock market, led the losers with a loss of N19.43 to close at N805.57. Lafarge Africa followed with a loss of N1.28 to close at N46.81. Presco dropped by N1.25 to close at N40.25. Flour Mills of Nigeria declined by 65 kobo to close at N20.05. UACN Property Development Company lost 37 kobo to close at N3.58. E-Tranzact dipped by 28 kobo to N5.41 while Dangote Sugar Refinery lost 18 kobo to close at N6.32 per share.

The market also showed a slowdown in the momentum of activities. Turnover fell below average with the exchange of 155.58 million shares valued at N1.43 billion in 3,277 deals. Guaranty Trust Bank was the most active stock with a turnover of 28.09 million shares valued at N672.8 million. United Bank for Africa followed with a turnover of 28.04 million shares valued at N119.8 million while Transnational Corporation of Nigeria (Transcorp) placed third with a turnover of 14.75 million shares worth N14.98 million.

On the positive side, Seplat Petroleum Development Company led the gainers with a gain of N18.37 to close at N385.88. Guinness Nigeria followed with a gain of N3.74 to close at N79.74. Total Nigeria rose by N2.50 to close at N289.50. Guaranty Trust Bank added 15 kobo to close at N24 while United Bank for Africa chalked up 13 kobo to close at N4.31 per share.

“We expect the market to remain soft, as shown by persistent weak breadth and trading volumes, for the remainder of the week in the absence of more earnings releases,” analysts at Afrinvest Securities stated in post-trading review.

Is the CEO/Founder of Investors King Limited. A proven foreign exchange research analyst and a published author on Yahoo Finance, Nasdaq,, Investorplace, and many more. He has over two decades of experience in global financial markets.

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CBN Extends Letter of Credit Issuance Timeline Amid Forex Crisis

Move Aims to Address FX Scarcity Challenges and Enhance Customer Service



Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has announced an extension of the timeline for issuing letters of credit from 24 hours to five working days, according to the newly approved 2023 service charter.

This adjustment comes as the country grapples with foreign exchange scarcity, impacting local and international trade.

The 2020 service charter initially stipulated a 24-hour timeline for the issuance and management of letters of credit, but the updated charter now reflects a timeline extension to five working days.

Also, the CBN has prolonged the timeline for the registration of Form M and NXP from 24 hours to two working days.

The move follows the CBN’s unification of all forex market segments in June 2023, aimed at promoting liquidity and stability.

However, this measure appears to have led to increased market instability, with the naira losing nearly a fifth of its value.

Reports indicate that foreign suppliers are now rejecting letters of credit from Nigerian businesses, affecting the importation of goods and services.

Letters of credit are crucial for the payment of visible goods imports, wherein a bank commits in writing to pay the exporter a specified sum within a defined timeframe upon receipt of proper documentation from the customer.

The extended timelines for letters of credit, Forms M, and NXP in the service charter are seen as measures to manage cash flow and instill confidence in the process amidst the ongoing forex crisis.

CBN Governor Yemi Cardoso stressed the commitment to responsive and citizen-friendly governance through efficient, responsible, and transparent service delivery in the revised service charter.

The move is part of the CBN’s effort to comply with the Business Facilitation Act 2022 and enhance ease of doing business in Nigeria.

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Unity Bank MD Advocates Policy Actions to Stem Gender-Based Violence in Nigeria



The Managing Director of Unity Bank Plc, Mrs. Tomi Somefun has called for comprehensive policy actions that will dismantle the structures that enable gender-based violence in Nigeria.

At the Ebony Life Cinema, the venue of the film screening in Lagos, Unity Bank supported the BECKMA movie premiere by ARDA Development Commuications Inc. which was held to highlight issues of Gender-Based violence and driving positive change in society.

Making the call, Somefun stated that the Bank committed to partnering with the movie premiere and putting the power of the brand behind BECKMA as the event brings sustainability and gender equality to the front burner.

Represented by Unity Bank’s Group Head of Compliance, Mrs. Patricia Ahunanya, Somefun noted that “9 percent of women aged 15 to 49 had suffered sexual assault at least once in their lifetime and 31% had experienced physical violence,” citing a recent study by UNDP in Nigeria.

Speaking further, Somefun said “Gender-based violence is not just a women’s issue, but a societal ill that demands our collective attention. It is high time for us to step forward and advocate for comprehensive policy actions that will dismantle the structures allowing such atrocities to persist”.

She added, “I urge policymakers to enact stringent laws against gender-based violence, ensuring swift and severe consequences for perpetrators. Our homes and various organisations must also be a catalyst for change, inspiring others to follow suit.”

While commending the ARDA Development Communications Inc. for their initiatives to promote gender equality and empowerment in line with SDG5, Somefun assured of the Bank’s commitment to sustainable initiatives and further collaborative initiatives and advocacy programmes for the elimination of gender-based violence.

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Nigeria’s NIBSS Directs Banks to Disconnect Non-Deposit Financial Institutions from NIP System



Central Bank headquarters

Banks in Nigeria have received a directive from the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS) to disconnect Switches, Payment Solution Service Providers (PSSPs), and Super Agents from the NIBSS Instant Payment Outwards System.

The circular, dated December 5, 2023, highlighted that including these non-deposit-taking financial institutions as beneficiaries on the NIP funds transfer channels violates the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) guideline on electronic payments.

The NIBSS emphasized that while Switches, PSSPs, and Super Agents might process outward transfers as inflows to banks, their licenses do not permit them to hold customers’ funds.

The circular referred to the CBN’s guidelines on electronic payment of salaries, pensions, suppliers, and taxes, dated February 2014, as the basis for this regulatory stance.

The directive also pointed to a circular dated May 11, 2018, titled “Permissible Services and Products of PSSP Operation in Nigeria,” reinforcing the need for compliance.

As a result, banks were urged to delist all Switches, PSSPs, and Super Agents from the NIP Outward Transfer channels while allowing their participation in inward transfers.

In Nigeria’s payment ecosystem, operators are required to obtain licenses such as Switching and Processing, Mobile Money Operations, Payment Solution Services, or Regulatory Sandbox from the CBN.

Only Mobile Money Operators (MMOs) have the authority to hold customer funds, according to the CBN’s regulatory framework.

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