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Stock Market Ends Lower as Bearish Sentiment Persists

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The nation’s stock market closed on a negative note on Tuesday for the fifth consecutive session as bearish sentiment lingered.

The All-Share Index of the Nigerian Stock Exchange dropped by 48 basis points to 33,449.17bps, while the year-to-date loss increased to 12.5 per cent.

A total of N59.3bn was also wiped off the listed equities’ market capitalisation, which stood at N12.211tn at the end of trading on Tuesday.

Activity level, however, strengthened as volume and value traded rose by 9.5 per cent and 17.7 per cent to 150.671 million units and N1.596bn, respectively.

Analysts at Afrinvest Securities Limited attributed the decline to the persistent sell pressures on the stock market.

They said, “Tuesday’s session saw higher sell pressures on major bellwethers although investors bid to buy the dip towards the close of market. Nonetheless, bearish sentiments remain. Against this backdrop, we maintain a near-term negative outlook for the market.”

Sell-offs in Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, Nigerian Breweries Plc, and 27 others neutralised price appreciation in the shares of Law Union and Rock Insurance Plc, Nestlé Nigeria Plc, and 12 others to drag the benchmark index lower by 0.5 per cent.

The top traded stocks by volume were GTB (17.5 million units), United Bank for Africa Plc (15.6 million units) and Diamond Bank Plc (13.8 million units), while top traded stocks by value were GTB (N562.8m), Nestlé Nigeria (N250.7m) and Zenith Bank Plc (N236.0m).

Performance across sectors was largely bearish as four of five closed southwards.

The banking index declined the most as continuous sell-offs in GTB (-5.8 per cent), Zenith Bank (-2.9 per cent) and UBA (-4.5 per cent) dragged the index lower by three per cent.

Similarly, the insurance and oil and gas indices lost 0.9 per cent and 0.8 per cent, respectively on the back of losses in Continental Reinsurance Plc, Cornerstone Insurance Plc, Forte Oil Plc and Eterna Plc, which depreciated by 4.67 per cent, 7.41 per cent, 4.99 per cent and 3.20 per cent, respectively, while sustained profit-taking in Cutix Plc dragged the Industrial Goods Index marginally by one basis point.

The top five losers were Dangote Sugar Refinery, Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc, Universal Insurance Plc, Sunu Assurances Nigeria Plc, and Japaul Oil & Maritime Services Plc, which depreciated by 10 per cent, 10 per cent, 9.09 per cent, 9.09 per cent, and 8.33 per cent, respectively.

The top five gainers were Law Union and Rock Insurance Plc, Nestlé Nigeria Plc, Regency Assurance Plc, Neimeth International Pharmaceuticals Plc and Learn Africa Plc, which appreciated by 10 per cent, 9.59 per cent, 9.52 per cent, 9.09 per cent, and 8.91 per cent, respectively.

Others gainers were Dangote Flour Mills Plc, Wapic Insurance Plc, Wema Bank Plc, Union Diagnostic & Clinical Services Plc, AIICO insurance Plc, LASACO Assurance Plc, Diamond Bank Plc, Access Bank Plc and NEM Insurance Plc.

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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Emefiele Pledges Accommodative Monetary Policy to Boost Economic Growth

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Emefiele Pledges Accommodative Monetary Policy to Boost Economic Growth

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, has pledged to adopt accommodative monetary policy stance in 2021 in order to support economic growth in the country.

Emefiele, said this on Friday, while speaking at a CBN/Bankers’ Committee’s initiative for economic growth, which is a one-day special summit on the economy by bank chief executive officers.

The theme of the summit is: “How to Overcome the Pitfalls of Recession.”

Nigeria’s economy recently came out of recession, according to the Gross Domestic Product report for fourth quarter 2020 released by the National Bureau of Statistics.

Owing to the slump GDP growth of 0.11 per cent that lifted the economy out of recession, Emefiele said it was imperative that, “we do all we can in 2021 and beyond to ensure that we build on the positive momentum and strengthen our efforts at stimulating growth.”

He expressed optimism that with the discovery and deployment of vaccines worldwide, 2021 would be a year of massive global recovery and Nigeria must not be left out.

“The banks CEOs are here, whether by moral suasion or by force, they will have to participate in this journey. In order to drive and sustain this recovery therefore, we need to sustain the accommodative fiscal and monetary policy measures aimed at improving access to finance for households and businesses.

“Secondly, we must prevent a resurgence in Covid-19 related cases. Thirdly, we must ensure that a significant number of our population is significantly vaccinated and also improve foreign exchange inflows into our country,” he added.

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CIT Microfinance Bank Disburses Over N16bn Loans

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CIT Microfinance Bank Disburses Over N16bn Loans

CIT Microfinance Bank Limited says it has disbursed about N16bn loans since it commenced operations as part of its contributions to the financial sector and empowerment of businesses.

The Managing Director of the microfinance bank, Mr Kingsley Eremionkhale, disclosed this during the company’s 10th anniversary in Lagos recently.

He reiterated that the bank was committed to supporting the growth of small and medium-scale enterprises in the country.

“Since inception, we have disbursed loans worth about N16bn. Our operation is not just about profit-making, but we have impacted many lives, empowered many businesses, and done a lot in terms of our core mandate as a microfinance bank.”

While appreciating its customers who had been loyal to it for years, he said it was concerned about their business success.

The managing director said, “We are part of our customers’ businesses. We provide services beyond lending and savings products and we also give financial advisory services.”

He appreciated the customers who had stayed with the financial institution for many years.

The managing director noted that the MfB is a state-licensed bank operating in Lagos, and a subsidiary of Capitalfield Investment Group.

He also attributed the success of the MfB to the board of directors which it said had been supportive, the management team and its workforce in the past 10 years.

While saying that the bank could lay claims to exponential growth, he said the public should expect more from it.

He also said that it was driving its operations through its digital offerings and our e-channels, to improve its services to our customers.

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FMDQ Approves Valency Agro’s N5.12bn Commercial Paper

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FMDQ Approves Valency Agro’s N5.12bn Commercial Paper

FMDQ Securities Exchange Limited has announced the approval of the quotation of the Valency Agro Nigeria Limited N5.12bn Series 1 Commercial Paper under its N20bn CP Programme on its platform.

The Exchange said in fostering the development of the Nigerian debt capital markets, it had continued to avail its credible and efficient platform as well as tailor its listings and quotations services to suit the needs of issuers and registration members through innovative and uninterrupted service delivery.

It said in a statement on Thursday that the Valency Agro Nigeria CP debut issue came at a time when the Nigerian economy was bedeviled with soaring food prices, amidst compounding challenges of insecurity.

It said the agricultural sector and its attendant transformation agenda had never been more important in driving increased and sustainable production of agricultural products as well as the derived foreign earnings through exports.

The Exchange said the proceeds from the issue of the CP would be applied by Valency Agro towards meeting the mid-term working capital requirements of the various agricultural produce under its portfolio such as cashew, sesame, cocoa and in value addition prior to export.

The Executive Director, Valency Agro Nigeria Limited, Mr Sumit Jain, was quoted as saying, “We are thankful to our investors towards showing their faith in our agenda to grow the agriculture-focused business with a clear aim to maximise value addition and create employment opportunities in Nigeria.

“We would also like to commend the efforts made by FBNQuest Merchant Bank Limited’s team to build the reach and FMDQ for their unconditional support for the industry”.

The Head, Capital Markets, FBNQuest Merchant Bank, Mr Oluseun Olatidoye, said, “FBNQuest Merchant Bank Limited is delighted with the successful debut of the N5.12bn Series 1 CP issued by Valency Agro Nigeria Limited. This reiterates our effort to enable underserved sectors access the debt markets, optimise their capital structure and further deepen the domestic capital markets.

“We are proud of the instrumental role FBNQuest Merchant Bank played in this transaction and appreciate the trust the management of Valency Agro placed in us to assist them. Our clients remain our priority, and we strongly believe their success is our success.”

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