- Stock Market Records Decline in Investors’ Participation
The nation’s stock market saw a reduction in the participation of investors last week.
The market, which gained N36bn last week, compared to the N325bn loss of the previous week, saw a decline in market participation as volume and value of trade dropped by 31.42 per cent and 39.46 per cent, respectively.
The All Share Index advanced by 0.31 per cent to settle at 32,049.73 basis points, thereby pegging the year-to-date return at 1.57 per cent.
Market breadth settled lower at 0.65x as the market recorded 23 gainers and 37 losers.
In the course of the week, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc, Nestlé Nigeria Plc and Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc released their 2018 financial year results.
Analysts at Meristem Securities Limited said the activities were buoyed by the release of companies’ results, which showed positive performance and the attractive dividend payment proposed by the firms.
They said, “Also, with the presidential elections already held, the political uncertainty in the system moderated. Consequently, buying pressures prevailed as investors sought to take a position, owing to the low valuation of counters across the market.”
Analysts at Vetiva Capital Management Limited said the mixed trading in the equities market was driven by investor apathy, which prevailed from midweek to week close.
Interests in the banking sector drove positive activity last Monday, with the ASI rising by 95bps. Positive activity continued on Tuesday, but at a weaker level, as the market climbed 14bps higher.
However, by Wednesday, sentiment had turned tepid, with sell-offs in the industrial goods and oil and gas sectors dragging the ASI to a -16bps close.
Sentiment remained tepid on Thursday despite the financial result released by GTB, which showed a four-per cent increase in top-line year-on-year, a 10 per cent increase in profit after tax and a dividend yield of 7.3 per cent.
Investors’ reaction to this and other earnings releases was muted as the ASI shed 22bps. Sentiment failed to improve at week close, with the consumer goods sector dragging the bourse on Friday.
However, buoyed by positive closes at the start of the week, the ASI ended the week 31bps higher.
The banking sector reversed its bearish course as it gained 3.37 per cent, improving its year-to-date return to 6.94 per cent.
Wema Bank Plc led the gainers’ table, advancing by 11.69 per cent to close at 86 kobo, while Sterling Bank Plc led the losers.
The consumer goods sector continued its bearish streak as it lost 0.98 per cent, dragging the year-to-date return to -1.11 per cent.
After a four-week bullish run, bearish investor sentiment returned to the insurance sector as its index dipped by 1.30 per cent, dragging its year-to-date return to 3.53 per cent.
The industrial goods sector gained 0.93 per cent during the week, recovering from losses recorded in the previous week to settle the year-to-date return at 3.12 per cent.
The oil and gas sector sustained its downturn from last week, dipping by 2.56 per cent. Consequently, the year-to-date return dragged further to settle at -3.44 per cent.
While there were no gainers in the oil and gas sector last week, four losers emerged, led by Japaul Oil and Maritime Services Plc.
“Following a tepid week driven by investor apathy and barring any political unrest, we foresee tepid activity, with the possibility of bargain-hunting. We also expect further earning releases drive a bit of interest in the equity market,” analysts at Vetiva said.
FirstBank Holds Non-Oil Export Webinar Series, Creates Awareness of The Bank’s Export Solutions
First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Nigeria’s premier and leading financial inclusion services provider, has announced the convening of its non-oil export webinar series. The Event is centered on deliberating opportunities that will enhance the country’s expansion of its drive towards diversifying the national economy, thereby reducing the reliance of oil as a mainstay of the country’s revenue.
The first series of the virtual event is scheduled for 10am on Tuesday, 30th November 2021 via Zoom meeting. To register and be part of this transformational knowledge session, click on this link-https://www.firstbanknigeria.com/business/non-oil-export/ . Registration is Free!!
The event is themed “Building Sustainable Non-Oil Export in Nigeria; Harnessing Opportunities within the AfCFTA Treaty & Agro Commodities” and will have the attendance of Mr. Segun Awolowo MD/CEO, Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC); Dr Biodun Adedipe, Founder and Chief Consultant of B. Adedipe Associates Limited (BAA Consult) amongst others, as guest speakers.
The webinar series aims to facilitate sustainable exports as well as guide participants on ways of navigating the hurdles and challenges of exports in Nigeria. The webinar will explore market and economic trends, unique export opportunities and potentials within the non-oil export industry across the geopolitical zones in the country.
The importance of exports in Nigeria remains a front burner conversation by individuals and organisations as it provides a means of increasing the markets for producers, and an opportunity to attract the much needed foreign exchange earnings to boost the national economy, which is critical to expanding its Gross Domestic Products.
Speaking on the event, the Group Head, Marketing & Corporate Communications, Folake Ani-Mumuney said: “in recent years, the country has witnessed increased activities by the government towards diversifying the economy, thereby boosting the export potentials of the country – beyond the contribution of crude oil – which has been the mainstay of the national economy for many decades.
Our forthcoming Non-oil Webinar series will expand discussions that are crucial to the growth of Nigeria’s export potentials as we unlock numerous opportunities that will promote the economic diversification drive of the government which is essential to the continued growth of the national economy, especially with the current business challenges posed by the pandemic.”
Currency in Circulation Now N2.97 Trillion in October – CBN
Currency in circulation hit N2.97 trillion in the month of October, according to the latest report from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
The currency in circulation rose by N129 billion from N2.84 trillion recorded in the month of September to N2.97 trillion in October. This was after the currency in circulation declined from N2.8 trillion in July to N2.78 trillion in August.
Currency in circulation stood at N2.74 trillion in June, N2.79 trillion in May, N2.79 trillion in April, N2.8 trillion in March, N2.78 trillion in February and N2.83 trillion in January.
The CBN said, “The currency in circulation increased by N465.47bn or 19.06 per cent to N2.91tn in 2020, compared with N2.44tn in 2019.
“In 2020, there were higher withdrawals by DMBs than deposits, due to the panic need to hold cash to deal with the emergencies and reduced banking hours due to restrictions to curb spread of the pandemic.”
The bank said to maintain public confidence and ensure integrity of circulated notes in the economy, it developed and unveiled a clean note policy and banknote fitness guidelines in 2018.
The guidelines outlined details of quarterly and yearly activities towards the achievement of this objective.
The CBN said it employed the “accounting/statistical/withdrawals and deposits approach” to compute the currency in circulation in the country.
2021 NCOY: FirstBank Partners Junior Achievement Nigeria, Reiterates Commitment to Innovation and Education
For 11 years, Nigeria’s premier and leading financial inclusion services provider, First Bank of Nigeria Limited has partnered with Junior Achievement Nigeria (JAN) to host its annual flagship event; the National Company of the Year competition (NCOY), which convenes winners of the JA Company Regional Competitions across Nigeria to compete for the National Company of the Year Award.
This year, the event will bring together outstanding ‘student business teams’ across Nigeria to compete for prizes and an opportunity to represent the country at the national competition – JA African Company of the Year Competition (ACOY). The 2021 edition of the NCOY competition will be held virtually via Zoom meetings at 10am on Saturday, 27th November 2021. Interested participants are to register via the link https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEtd-qvqz4pE90NXOHcy-tve6aEXpY_yYAE
The competition themed ‘Innovation with Grit’ will have 12 teams from 12 schools pitch their innovations to a team of 5 guests judges. The represented schools at the competition include: The Seer company from Alvana High School; Sonic Informatics company from Heritage Global Academy; Nexus Queens company from Queens School; JA Stars from Theological College of Northern Nigeria (TCNN); Amazing Amazon Students from Government Girls’ Secondary School, Abaji; KereTerra Company from Secondary School Etoi, Uyo and The Exploit thinkers from Taidob College.
Other teams competing include: Mystic Global Company from Rosa Mystica High School, Agulu; PetraMech Tech from Petra Schools; The Amazing Inventors from Government Secondary School Tudun Wada; Blue crystal company from Methodist Girls school and the Artisans from Igbobi College.
Judges at the event include: Oludolapo Adigun, Group Head, Retail Banking Lagos & West First Bank of Nigeria Limited; Chidimma Juliana Okparah, Project Management Consultant (PMIEF); Sheila Ojei, Head of Communications Jobberman; Gbenga Sesan, Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative and Simbo Olatoregun, Policy Programs Manager for Facebook in Africa. In attendance also is the Honourable Commissioner for Education Lagos State, Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo as a Special Guest.
The 2021 National Company of the Year Program will also feature SPARK Competition. SPARK as an initiative of First Bank of Nigeria Limited, is an acronym for Start Performing Acts of Random Kindness. SPARK reiterates the Bank’s commitment to institutionalise kindness in Nigeria by encouraging and amplifying a culture of kindness.
The SPARK competition will feature 15 finalist schools across Nigeria, whose CSR projects align with the Bank’s Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability pillars of Education, Welfare and Health, Financial inclusion and Responsible Lending and Procurement.
Speaking on the event, the Group Head, Marketing & Corporate Communications, Folake Ani-Mumuney said “FirstBank’s partnership under its Future First initiative with JA Nigeria Company programme has positively impacted over 100,000 people in different locations across the country in preparing and teaching them how to generate wealth, effectively manage it and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Our commitment to fostering entrepreneurial development amongst youths is mainly the driving force behind our support of the National Company of the Year (NCOY) and Africa Company of the Year (ACOY) competitions in past 11 years”.
According to the Executive Director, JAN, ‘’the National Company of the Year Company competition provides our students with a platform to show how innovative they are while displaying their dexterity and grit especially as it relates to creating sustainable business solutions to problems in their immediate community. The students have learned critical skills during the implementation of the Company Programme and we are proud to celebrate them as they compete in the National competition. I would like to specially appreciate FirstBank Nigeria for their continued support and belief in the boundless potential of young Nigerians’’.
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