- Forte Oil, Livestock Feeds, Total Top Losers’ Table
The Nigerian equities market closed on a negative note on Tuesday as Forte Oil Plc, Livestock Feeds Plc, Total Nigeria Plc, Neimeith International Pharmaceutical Plc and Nascon Allied Industries Plc emerged as the top five losers on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange.
The market extended Monday’s loss position, as the NSE All-Share Index shed 0.15 per cent, dragging the year-to-date return to -11.11 per cent.
The NSE market capitalisation dropped to N8.764tn from N8.777tn, while the NSE ASI closed at 25,461.34 basis points from 25,499 basis points.
A total of 120.931 million shares worth N1.186bn exchanged hands in 2,397 deals.
However, volume traded and value of transactions, advanced by 14.29 per cent and 42.82 per cent, accordingly. There were 11 gainers as against 17 decliners.
The share price of Forte Oil closed at N74.62 from N82.64, losing N8.05 (9.74 per cent), while Livestock Feeds shares plunged by N0.04 (five per cent) to close at N0.76 from N0.80.
Total’s share price dropped by N13.45 (five per cent) to close at N255.58 from N269.03, while Neimeth shares closed at N0.78 from N0.82, losing N0.04 (4.88 per cent).
The share price of Nascon also dropped by N0.36 (4.77 per cent) to close at N7.19 from N7.55.
Champion Breweries Plc led the gainers’ chart of the day, appreciating by 8.41 per cent to close at N2.45. This was followed by Flour Mills Nigeria Plc, Africa Prudential Registrars Plc, Unity Bank Plc and Mobil Oil Nigeria Plc.
Commenting on the state of the market, analysts at Meristem Securities Limited, said, “We attribute Tuesday’s market performance to sell offs in the oil and gas space, driven by the persistent negative market sentiments. We expect the market to close negative for the week.”
Communities in Delta State Shut OML30 Operates by Heritage Energy Operational Services Ltd
The OML30 operated by Heritage Energy Operational Services Limited in Delta State has been shut down by the host communities for failing to meet its obligations to the 112 host communities.
The host communities, led by its Management Committee/President Generals, had accused the company of gross indifference and failure in its obligations to the host communities despite several meetings and calls to ensure a peaceful resolution.
The station with a production capacity of 80,000 barrels per day and eight flow stations operates within the Ughelli area of Delta State.
The host communities specifically accused HEOSL of failure to pay the GMOU fund for the last two years despite mediation by the Delta State Government on May 18, 2020.
Also, the host communities accused HEOSL of ‘total stoppage of scholarship award and payment to host communities since 2016’.
The Chairman, Dr Harrison Oboghor and Secretary, Mr Ibuje Joseph that led the OML30 host communities explained to journalists on Monday that the host communities had resolved not to backpedal until all their demands were met.
Crude Oil Recovers from 4 Percent Decline as Joe Biden Wins
Oil Prices Recover from 4 Percent Decline as Joe Biden Wins
Crude oil prices rose with other financial markets on Monday following a 4 percent decline on Friday.
This was after Joe Biden, the former Vice-President and now the President-elect won the race to the White House.
Global benchmark oil, Brent crude oil, gained $1.06 or 2.7 percent to $40.51 per barrel on Monday while the U.S West Texas Intermediate crude oil gained $1.07 or 2.9 percent to $38.21 per barrel.
On Friday, Brent crude oil declined by 4 percent as global uncertainty surged amid unclear US election and a series of negative comments from President Trump. However, on Saturday when it became clear that Joe Biden has won, global financial markets rebounded in anticipation of additional stimulus given Biden’s position on economic growth and recovery.
“Trading this morning has a risk-on flavor, reflecting increasing confidence that Joe Biden will occupy the White House, but the Republican Party will retain control of the Senate,” Michael McCarthy, chief market strategist at CMC Markets in Sydney.
“The outcome is ideal from a market point of view. Neither party controls the Congress, so both trade wars and higher taxes are largely off the agenda.”
The president-elect and his team are now working on mitigating the risk of COVID-19, grow the world’s largest economy by protecting small businesses and the middle class that is the backbone of the American economy.
“There will be some repercussions further down the road,” said OCBC’s economist Howie Lee, raising the possibility of lockdowns in the United States under Biden.
“Either you’re crimping energy demand or consumption behavior.”
Nigeria, Other OPEC Members Oil Revenue to Hit 18 Year Low in 2020
Revenue of OPEC Members to Drop to 18 Year Low in 2020
The United States Energy Information Administration (EIA) has predicted that the oil revenue of members of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will decline to 18-year low in 2020.
EIA said their combined oil export revenue will plunge to its lowest level since 2002. It proceeded to put a value to the projection by saying members of the oil cartel would earn around $323 billion in net oil export in 2020.
“If realised, this forecast revenue would be the lowest in 18 years. Lower crude oil prices and lower export volumes drive this expected decrease in export revenues,” it said.
The oil expert based its projection on weak global oil demand and low oil prices because of COVID-19.
It said this coupled with production cuts by OPEC members in recent months will impact net revenue of the cartel in 2020.
It said, “OPEC earned an estimated $595bn in net oil export revenues in 2019, less than half of the estimated record high of $1.2tn, which was earned in 2012.
“Continued declines in revenue in 2020 could be detrimental to member countries’ fiscal budgets, which rely heavily on revenues from oil sales to import goods, fund social programmes, and support public services.”
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