- Stock Market Extends Rally as 23 Firms Gain
The nation’s stock market closed higher on Thursday as Neimeth International Pharmaceuticals Plc and 22 other firms recorded price appreciation.
The market has closed on a positive note for six straight days, after falling to a 19-month low last week.
The market capitalisation of equities listed on the NSE increased from N11.359tn on Wednesday to N11.405tn on Thursday.
Analysts said the gaining streak in the bourse was sustained due to buying interest in Dangote Cement Plc, Nigerian Breweries Plc and Ecobank Transnational Incorporated.
The All-Share Index increased by 0.40 per cent to settle at 30,583.21 basis points, while the year-to-date loss moderated to -2.7 per cent.
Activity level was mixed as volume traded declined by 24.4 per cent to 231.015 million units, while value traded advanced by 55.2 to N3.36bn.
The top traded stocks by volume were Diamond Bank Plc (59.6 million units), Guaranty Trust Bank Plc (45.6 million units) and Zenith Bank Plc (19.8 million units), while GTB (N1.5bn), Nigerian Breweries (N465.4m) and Zenith Bank (N427.6m) led the top traded stocks by value.
Performance across sectors was equally bullish as four indices closed in the green.
Price appreciation in Dangote Cement and Cement Company of Northern Nigeria Plc drove the industrial index up by 2.04 per cent.
The oil and gas index gained 0.51 per cent on the back of gains recorded in Forte Oil Plc.
Similarly, the consumer goods index saw a 0.28 per cent gain on the back of price appreciation in Nigerian Breweries and Dangote Flour Mills Plc.
The insurance index advanced by 0.07 per cent, boosted by gains in NEM Insurance Plc and Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc.
The banking index, on the other hand, emerged as the lone loser as it declined by 0.26 per cent due to selling pressures in Zenith Bank, GTB and Access Bank Plc.
Market breadth, which is a measure of investor sentiment, remained strong at 1.5x as 23 stocks advanced compared to the 15 that declined.
The top five gainers were Neimeth International Pharmaceuticals, NEM Insurance, Sovereign Trust Insurance, Royal Exchange Plc and Jaiz Bank Plc, whose respective share prices gained 9.84 per cent, 9.71 per cent, 9.09 per cent, 8.33 per cent and eight per cent.
The top five losers were E-Tranzact International Plc, Resort Savings and Loans Plc, Cornerstone Insurance Plc, NPF Microfinance Bank Plc and First Aluminium Nigeria Plc, which saw their share prices decline by 9.87 per cent, 9.68 per cent, 9.09 per cent, 8.18 per cent, and 6.06 per cent, respectively.
“We maintain a cautiously optimistic outlook for the market in the near term and recommend that investors position largely in value stocks,” Analysts at Afrinvest Securities Limited said.
Ecobank To Pay Customers N5 For Every Dollar Received
Ecobank To Pay Customers N5 For Every Dollar Received
Ecobank has implemented the CBN scheme which offers N5 for every Dollar received into domiciliary accounts or as cash over the counter. Korede Demola-Adeniyi; Head, of Consumer Banking, Ecobank Nigeria, who announced this in Lagos stated that the decision is in line with the CBN directive and fully aligns with efforts to encourage the inflow of diaspora remittances into the country.
She noted that the “CBN Naira 4 dollar scheme” is an unprecedented incentive for senders and recipients of international money transfers.
Korede Demola-Adeniyi said that the scheme takes effect from 8th March and will run till 8th May 2021. “Ecobank will pay N5 on every Dollar so beneficiaries will not only get the foreign currency sent from their family and friends abroad, but they will also get extra Naira”, she stated.
Only recently, Ecobank had a first-of-its-kind virtual Diaspora Summit to discuss opportunities for Nigerians living abroad and the various platforms available to assist them with their investment decisions and remittance needs. The event had major players in the remittance space, diaspora audience, government officials and notable stakeholders in attendance.
Further, the Managing Director, Ecobank Nigeria, Patrick Akinwuntan has disclosed that apart from consistent engagement with Nigerians in the diaspora, Ecobank is leveraging its digital technology to make remittances to Nigeria and Africa easy, convenient and affordable.
Mr. Akinwuntan stated that growing evidence has shown a positive relationship between diaspora remittances and economic growth.
“Ecobank will continue to pursue its mandate of helping to enhance the economic development and integration of Africa, through the 33 countries where the bank operates on the continent. Ecobank’s Rapidtransfer and mobile app (Ecobank Mobile) enable Africans, wherever they are, to easily and instantly send money to bank accounts, mobile wallets and agent locations across 33 African countries”, he stated.
Ecobank Nigeria, a member of the Pan African Banking Group is committed to supporting Africans in the diaspora by providing advisory services, remittance solutions, investment options and financial planning schemes. The bank also offers mortgages, treasury bills, capital market instruments, among others.
Peter Obaseki Retires as Chief Operating Officer of FCMB Group Plc
The Board of Directors of FCMB Group Plc has announced the retirement of Mr. Peter Obaseki, the Chief Operating Officer of the financial institution, with effect from March 1, 2021. He was also an Executive Director of the Group.
His retirement was approved at a meeting of the Board of the Group on February 26, 2021. This has also been announced in a statement to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) by the financial institution.
The Chairman of FCMB Group Plc’s Board of Directors, Mr Oladipupo Jadesimi, thanked Mr. Obaseki for his valuable service and excellent support to the Board for many years.
FCMB Group Plc is a holding company divided along three business Groups; Commercial and Retail Banking (First City Monument Bank Limited, Credit Direct Limited, FCMB (UK) Limited and FCMB Microfinance Bank Limited); Investment Banking (FCMB Capital Markets Limited and CSL Stockbrokers Limited); as well as Asset & Wealth Management (FCMB Pensions Limited, FCMB Asset Management Limited and FCMB Trustees Limited).
The Group and its subsidiaries are leaders in their respective segments with strong fundamentals.
For more information about FCMB Group Plc, please visit www.fcmbgroup.com.
COVID-19: CBN Extends Loan Repayment by Another One Year
Central Bank Extends One-Year Moratorium by 12 Months
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has extended the repayment of its discounted interest rate on intervention facility by another one-year following the expiration of the first 12 months moratorium approved on March 1, 2020.
The apex bank stated in a circular titled ‘Re: Regulatory forbearance for the restructuring of credit facilities of other financial institutions impacted by COVID-19’ and released on Wednesday to all financial institutions.
In the circular signed by Kelvin Amugo, the Director, Financial Policy and Regulation Department, CBN, the apex bank said the role-over of the moratorium on the facilities would be considered on a case by case basis.
The circular read, “The Central Bank of Nigeria reduced the interest rates on the CBN intervention facilities from nine per cent to five per cent per annum for one year effective March 1, 2020, as part of measures to mitigate the negative impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the Nigerian economy.
“Credit facilities, availed through participating banks and OFIs, were also granted a one-year moratorium on all principal payments with effect from March 1, 2020.
“Following the expiration of the above timelines, the CBN hereby approves as follows:
“The extension by another 12 months to February 28, 2022 of the discounted interest rate for the CBN intervention facilities.
“The role-over of the moratorium on the above facilities shall be considered on a case by case basis.”
It would be recalled that the apex bank reduced the interest rate on its intervention facility from nine percent to five percent and approved a 12-month moratorium in March 2020 to ease the negative impact of COVID-19 on businesses.
To further deepen economic recovery and stimulate growth, the apex bank has extended the one year-moratorium until February 28, 2022.
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