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Trading on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange ended on a positive note on Thursday as financial services stocks boost the NSE All-Share Index significantly, while oil and gas stocks, overall, closed in the red.

The NSE ASI appreciated to 26,559.01 basis points from 26,407.64 basis points, while market capitalisation closed at N9.138tn from N9.086tn recorded on Wednesday.

A total of 199.983 million shares valued at N1.503bn exchanged hands in 3,313 deals.

The financial services sector extended its rally after gains across banking blue chips – Ecobank Transnational Incorporated Plc, United Bank of Africa Plc, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc and Zenith Bank Plc appreciated by 4.99 per cent, 4.85 per cent, 4.45 per cent and 1.59 per cent, respectively.

The consumer goods sector recorded losses following continued pressure on Nigerian Breweries Plc, which posted 0.73 per cent loss.

While the industrial goods sector closed flat, the energy sector retreated as Forte Oil Plc lost 0.25 per cent after it finally bowed to profit taking after notching an impressive return of 140 per cent in a nine session rally. Mobil Oil Nigeria Plc, Oando Plc and Total Nigeria Plc’s shares dropped by fiver per cent, 4.67 per cent and 4.40 per cent, respectively.

Market breadth remained positive with 23 advances and 14 declines.

Speaking on the possible outcome of Friday’s (today) trading, analysts at Vetiva Capital Management Limited said, “We expect the NSE ASI to add more points at week close as investors continue to bid up bellwether stocks.”

Global markets traded mixed after the United States Fed announced a 25 basis points rate increase and revealed a hawkish outlook for 2017. While European markets were higher with banking stocks leading gains, Asian markets were mostly lower save for the Nikkei which rose on the back of a relatively weaker yen.

Meanwhile, the naira stabilised at N305 to a US dollar as increased demand for FGN bonds persisted.

The impact of the net debit to the system following the treasury bond auction which happened on Wednesday was felt in the money market on Thursday, as the open-buy-back and overnight rates advanced to 3.42 per cent and 4.17 per cent, respectively.

The result of the treasury bills Primary Market Auction held on Wednesday showed an oversubscription was recorded for only the 364-day instrument. The stop rates for the instruments were: 91 Day – 14 per cent; 182 Day – 17.50 per cent and 364 Day – 18.68 per cent.

The FGN bonds space was awash with bullish sentiments. However, investors’ appetite for shorter-term instruments waned as the April 2017 bond recorded the highest advancement of 0.48 per cent. Overall, average bond yield fell to 16.51 per cent.

For the third consecutive day, the naira to dollar exchange rate pegged at N305 and N485 in the interbank and parallel foreign exchange markets, respectively.

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

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Government Revenue Surges to N2.07trn in January 2024, FAAC Discloses

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The Federal Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) has revealed a significant surge in government revenue to N2.07 trillion in January 2024.

This substantial increase reflects the buoyancy of Nigeria’s economic activities despite various challenges faced by the nation.

According to FAAC’s communiqué issued after its monthly meeting in Abuja, the N2.07 trillion revenue was distributed to meet the financial needs of the federal, state, and local governments.

N1.15 trillion out of the total revenue was disbursed to the various tiers of government, indicating a robust financial inflow.

The breakdown of the revenue distribution showcased that the Federal Government received N407.267 billion, state governments obtained N379.407 billion while N278.041 billion was disbursed to local governments.

Also, N85.101 billion, equivalent to 13% of mineral revenue, was allocated to the states as derivation revenue.

FAAC also highlighted that the revenue composition included N463.1 billion from distributable statutory revenue, N391.8 billion from distributable Value Added Tax (VAT) revenue, N15.9 billion from Electronic Money Transfer Levy revenue, and N279.03 billion from exchange difference revenue.

Despite the impressive revenue figures, FAAC noted a decrease in VAT collection by N71.7 billion compared to the previous month.

This decrease suggests fluctuations in consumer spending and economic activities, which could be influenced by various factors such as policy changes, economic conditions, and consumer sentiment.

Furthermore, FAAC reported increases in revenue from Companies Income Tax, Import Duty, Petroleum Profit Tax, and Oil and Gas Royalties.

However, revenue from Value Added Tax, Export Duty, Electronic Money Transfer Levy, and CET Levies experienced declines during the period.

FAAC’s disclosure of the January 2024 revenue underscores the importance of prudent financial management and effective allocation of resources to drive sustainable economic growth and development in Nigeria.

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Private Sector Credit Hits Record High of N76.94 Trillion in January 2024 – CBN Report

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Private sector credit in Nigeria reached a record N76.94 trillion in January 2024, according to the latest report from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

This represents a 85.2% year-on-year increase from N41.54 trillion reported in January 2023.

The CBN’s Money and Credit Statistics report unveiled that credit to the private sector experienced a substantial month-on-month surge of 23.06%, or N14.42 trillion, from N62.52 trillion in December 2023.

This surge occurred amid the implementation of the CBN’s policy to unify the naira exchange rate.

Analysts attribute the reported N76.94 trillion credit to the private sector to the recent depreciation of the naira against foreign currencies.

The naira closed at N1,356.88 per dollar in January 2024, representing a 50.87% decline or N457.49 against the dollar compared to December 2023.

This depreciation compelled banks to extend credit to major corporations to meet the CBN’s mandated Loan-to-Deposit Ratio (LDR) threshold.

The CBN’s decision to resume the enforcement of the LDR policy, effective July 31, 2023, further propelled banks to increase lending to customers, stimulating the real sector of the economy.

With the CRR mechanism updated, banks with an LDR below the prescribed level faced a 50% lending shortfall penalty.

Experts suggest that the significant increase in private sector credit underscores the growing need for businesses to secure funds amidst economic uncertainties and exchange rate volatility.

It also signifies banks’ efforts to comply with regulatory requirements and support economic growth initiatives.

As Nigeria navigates its economic landscape, stakeholders anticipate further developments in credit dynamics and monetary policies to sustain financial stability and stimulate economic expansion.

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Senate Initiates Probe into N30tn Ways and Means Loans under Buhari Administration

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The Nigerian Senate has embarked on a comprehensive investigation into the disbursement and utilization of the N30 trillion Ways and Means loans obtained by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) during the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Ways and Means facility allows the CBN to provide financial support to the government to cover budget shortfalls.

The decision to probe the massive loans comes amid concerns about the transparency and accountability surrounding the utilization of these funds, particularly as the country grapples with economic challenges, food crises, rising inflation, and worsening insecurity.

The Senate’s investigation aims to shed light on how the substantial overdrafts from the CBN were acquired and expended under the leadership of former President Buhari.

There is growing apprehension that the indiscriminate spending of the overdrafts, particularly during Godwin Emefiele’s tenure as CBN governor, may have contributed significantly to the current economic predicament facing the nation.

The probe will delve into the details of the N30 trillion overdrafts, with a specific focus on examining the purpose for which the funds were allocated and how they were utilized.

Also, the Senate will scrutinize the N10 trillion disbursed under the Anchor Borrowers Scheme, as well as the utilization of $2.4 billion out of the $7 billion earmarked for forex transactions.

The initiative underscores the Senate’s commitment to ensuring transparency, fiscal responsibility, and prudent financial management in the country’s economic affairs.

It is anticipated that the probe will unearth vital insights into the financial transactions of the past administration, enabling corrective measures to be taken to address any mismanagement or discrepancies discovered.

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