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27 Stocks Depreciate as Market Capitalisation Sheds N164bn

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  • 27 Stocks Depreciate as Market Capitalisation Sheds N164bn

The market capitalisation of the Nigerian Stock Exchange dropped by N164bn at the close of trading on Tuesday as 27 stocks closed in the red.

The NSE market capitalisation dropped from N9.471bn recorded on Monday to N9.307bn, while the All-Share Index slid to 27,098.52 basis points from 27,574.95 basis points.

A total of 113.498 shares valued at N1.233bn were traded in 2,435 delas.

Ashaka Cement Plc, AG Leventis Nigeria Plc, Vitafoam Nigeria Plc, Cement Company of Northern Nigeria Plc and Dangote Cement Plc emerged as the top five losers, while 11 stocks appreciated in value, according to te NSE data.

The share price of Ashaka Cement closed at N12.26 from N13.57, losing N1.31 (9.65 per cent), while a drop of N0.04 (4.94 per cent) was recorded on AG Leventis shares, which closed at N0.77 from N0.81.

Vitafoam shares also plummeted by N0.13 (4.92 per cent) to close at N2.51 from N2.64, while the share price of CCNN dropped by N0.27 (4.91 per cent) to close at N5.23 from N5.50.

Dangote Cement share price also recorded a loss of N8.83 (4.83 per cent) to close at N174.17 from N183.

The bears took charge of market activities, resulting in a decline of 1.73 per cent in the NSE ASI, with the year-to-date sliding further down to 5.39 per cent negative.

Volume traded and market turnover appreciated by 12.17 per cent and 16.25 per cent respectively. Presco Plc, Wema Bank Plc, Unity Bank Plc, Caverton Offshore Support Group Plc and Skye Bank Plc topped the gainers’ chart, appreciating by 5.09 per cent, 4.92 per cent, 4.84 per cent, 4.44 per cent, and 3.28 per cent accordingly.

The NSE indices showed that all sectors closed in the red zone at the end of Tuesday trading, save for the oil and gas sector that appreciated by 0.53 per cent. The industrial and banking sectors dropped by 2.15 per cent and 0.71 per cent, respectively.

Commenting on the market outcome, analysts at Meristem Securities Limited said, “We attribute the magnitude of the loss in the market today to the 4.83 per cent price decline in Dangote Cement, as the bourse, aside Dangote Cement, would have only lost 0.2 per cent at the close of trading session.

“While performance scorecards in this earnings season have been generally weak, we note that sentiments have not been swayed by positive results released by some companies. Hence, we anticipate that market returns will remain pressured over the short-term.”

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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Oil Dips Below $62 in New York Though Banks Say Rally Can Extend

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Oil Dips Below $62 in New York Though Banks Say Rally Can Extend

Oil retreated from an earlier rally with investment banks and traders predicting the market can go significantly higher in the months to come.

Futures in New York pared much of an earlier increase to $63 a barrel as the dollar climbed and equities slipped. Bank of America said prices could reach $70 at some point this year, while Socar Trading SA sees global benchmark Brent hitting $80 a barrel before the end of the year as the glut of inventories built up during the Covid-19 pandemic is drained by the summer.

The loss of oil output after the big freeze in the U.S. should help the market firm as much of the world emerges from lockdowns, according to Trafigura Group. Inventory data due later Tuesday from the American Petroleum Institute and more from the Energy Department on Wednesday will shed more light on how the Texas freeze disrupted U.S. oil supply last week.

Oil has surged this year after Saudi Arabia pledged to unilaterally cut 1 million barrels a day in February and March, with Goldman Sachs Group Inc. predicting the rally will accelerate as demand outpaces global supply. Russia and Riyadh, however, will next week once again head into an OPEC+ meeting with differing opinions about adding more crude to the market.

“The freeze in the U.S. has proved supportive as production was cut,” said Hans van Cleef, senior energy economist at ABN Amro. “We still expect that Russia will push for a significant rise in production,” which could soon weigh on prices, he said.

PRICES

  • West Texas Intermediate for April fell 27 cents to $61.43 a barrel at 9:20 a.m. New York time
  • Brent for April settlement fell 8 cents to $65.16

Brent’s prompt timespread firmed in a bullish backwardation structure to the widest in more than a year. The gap rose above $1 a barrel on Tuesday before easing to 87 cents. That compares with 25 cents at the start of the month.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. and oil trader Vitol Group shot down talk of a new oil supercycle, though they said a lack of supply response will keep prices for crude prices firm in the short term.

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Oil Prices Rise With Storm-hit U.S. Output Set for Slow Return

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Oil Prices Rise With Storm-hit U.S. Output Set for Slow Return

Oil prices rose on Monday as the slow return of U.S. crude output cut by frigid conditions served as a reminder of the tight supply situation, just as demand recovers from the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Brent crude was up $1.38, or 2.2%, at $64.29 per barrel. West Texas Intermediate gained $1.38, or 2.33%, to trade at $60.62 per barrel.

Abnormally cold weather in Texas and the Plains states forced the shutdown of up to 4 million barrels per day (bpd) of crude production along with 21 billion cubic feet of natural gas output, analysts estimated.

Shale oil producers in the region could take at least two weeks to restart the more than 2 million barrels per day (bpd) of crude output affected, sources said, as frozen pipes and power supply interruptions slow their recovery.

“With three-quarters of fracking crews standing down, the likelihood of a fast resumption is low,” ANZ Research said in a note.

For the first time since November, U.S. drilling companies cut the number of oil rigs operating due to the cold and snow enveloping Texas, New Mexico and other energy-producing centres.

OPEC+ oil producers are set to meet on March 4, with sources saying the group is likely to ease curbs on supply after April given a recovery in prices, although any increase in output will likely be modest given lingering uncertainty over the pandemic.

“Saudi Arabia is eager to pursue yet higher prices in order to cover its social break-even expenses at around $80 a barrel while Russia is strongly focused on unwinding current cuts and getting back to normal production,” said SEB chief commodity analyst Bjarne Schieldrop.

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Crude Oil Rose Above $65 Per Barrel as US Production Drop Due to Texas Weather

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Crude Oil Rose Above $65 Per Barrel as US Production Drop Due to Texas Weather

Oil prices rose to $65.47 per barrel on Thursday as crude oil production dropped in the US due to frigid Texas weather.

The unusual weather has left millions in the dark and forced oil producers to shut down production. According to reports, at least the winter blast has claimed 24 lives.

Brent crude oil gained $2 to $65.47 on Thursday morning before pulling back to $64.62 per barrel around 11:00 am Nigerian time.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude rose 2.3 percent to settle at $61.74 per barrel.

“This has just sent us to the next level,” said Bob Yawger, director of energy futures at Mizuho in New York. “Crude oil WTI will probably max out somewhere pretty close to $65.65, refinery utilization rate will probably slide to somewhere around 76%,” Yawger said.

However, the report that Saudi Arabia plans to increase production in the coming months weighed on crude oil as it can be seen in the chart below.

Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, Saudi Arabian Energy Minister, warned that it was too early to declare victory against the COVID-19 virus and that oil producers must remain “extremely cautious”.

“We are in a much better place than we were a year ago, but I must warn, once again, against complacency. The uncertainty is very high, and we have to be extremely cautious,” he told an energy industry event.

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