Nigerian Stock Investors’ Renewed Interest Bolsters the Nigerian Stock Market Last Week
Stock investors at the Nigerian Stock Exchange gained N87 billion last week on renewed positive sentiment.
In the four days trading week, investors traded 1.103 billion shares valued at N9.876 billion in 16,616 transactions. This was lower than the 1.469 billion shares worth N23.553 billion that were exchanged in 22,991 transactions in the previous week.
In terms of volume traded, the financial sector led activity table with 814.292 million shares valued at N7.186 billion but traded in 8,352 deals. The sector contributed 73.82 percent and 72.76 percent to the total equity turnover volume and value, respectively.
This was followed by the oil and gas sector with 66.78 million shares worth N143.050 million in 1,044 deals. The Consumer Goods sector came third with a turnover of 57.842 million shares valued at N1.022 billion but traded in 2,559 deals.
The top three equities traded during the week were Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc and FBN Holdings Plc. The three top traded equities accounted for 485.307 million shares worth N5.048 billion and contributed 44.00 percent and 51.11 percent to the total equity turnover volume and value, respectively.
The market capitalisation of listed equities rose by 0.67 percent or N87 billion from N13.050 trillion in the previous week to N13.137 trillion last week.
Similarly, the NSE All-Share Index gained 0.67 percent or 166.37 basis points from 25,016.30 bps reported in the previous week to 25,182.67 this week.
On a monthly basis, the exchange has lost 0.34 percent in June. While it has gained 18.23 percent this quarter to moderate this year’s decline to -6.18 percent, down from over 12 percent in the first quarter.
The renewed interest in the stock market was as a result of central bank policies restricting activities of local investors in the fixed income market and forcing banks under the 65 percent loan to deposit ratio policy to increase credit facility to the real sector. Also, the low share values, largely weighed upon by the coronavirus pandemic, lured local investors back into stocks with strong fundamentals but impacted by COVID-19 lockdown and economic disruption.
During the week, the NSE Insurance Index gained the most to extend its year-to-date return to 7.9 percent. The insurance sector gained 4.83 basis points or 3.69 percent from 130.93 bps reported in the previous week to 135.76 bps last week.
Stock Market Extends Bullish Run in December, Opens the Month With 0.30% Gain
Nigerian stock investors continued to dump more funds on Nigerian equities in December as the Nigerian Stock Exchange opened the month on a positive strong note.
The NSE All-Share Index gained 0.30 percent to settle at 35,147.62 index points while the market capitalisation rose by N56 billion from N18.309 trillion recorded on Monday to settle at N18.365 trillion on Tuesday.
Investors traded 308.181 million shares valued at N3.403 billion in 35,147.62 index points during the trading hours of Tuesday.
Access Bank led the most traded stock 43,368,357 shares worth N376,476,921.75. While First Bank followed with 31,934,748 shares valued at N229,789,381.55. See the details below.
Insider Dealing: MD of Fidelity Bank Acquires 5 Million Shares of Fidelity
Mrs. Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Designate, Fidelity Bank Plc, purchased 5,000,000 shares of Fidelity Bank on Monday, November 30, 2020.
The management disclosed this in a statement forwarded to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).
Onyeali-Ikpe purchased the shares in five different transactions, according to the statement signed by Ezinwa Unuigboje, the Company Secretary, Fidelity Bank Plc.
It said 260,190 shares were acquired at N2.52 per share. While 400,000; 130,000; 2,870,000 and 1,339,810 shares were purchased at N2.55; N2.58; N2.60 and N2.56, respectively.
Aggregate information revealed the 5,000,000 shares were acquired at an average price of N2.56 per share. See the details below.
Despite Opening in Red, The Nigerian Stock Exchange Closed in Green
The Nigerian Stock Exchange closed positive on Monday despite opening the day in the red.
The market capitalisation rebounded from the N51 billion decline recorded earlier in the day to close with N21 billion profit at N18.309 trillion market value.
Similarly, the NSE All-Share Index recovered from a 0.29 percent dip to gain 0.45 percent and closed the day at 35,042.14 index points.
Investors traded 415.531 million shares valued at N4.898 billion in 5,267 transactions during the trading hours of Monday.
Airtel Africa led the most traded stocks with a N53.5 gain to close at N588.5 per share. MTN Nigeria came second with a 20 kobo gain to close at N155.2 a single share. See the details below.
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