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Why Kodak Stock Gains Over 1500%, Why You Should be Careful



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Kodak Stock Jumps Over 1500%, Here is Why You Should be Careful

Shares of Kodak jumped more than 1,500 percent in the last four days following approval of $765 million loan by the US government to the former photography industry leader to start manufacturing pharmaceutical products.

While the move by Donald Trump-led administration was to make U.S self-sufficient in pharmaceutical drugs and reduce U.S. reliance on foreign sources that were almost grounded by COVID-19 pandemic, the relatively affordable value of Kodak stock was what boosted its attractiveness among retail investors that jumped on it through various trading apps like Robinhood.

Kodak opened at $2.15 per share on Monday and quickly rose by over 500 percent on Tuesday after Jim Continenza, the Chief Executive Officer, Kodak, made the loan approval public.

This continues until Thursday morning when the stock hit $41.48. Gaining more than 1,500 percent with market capitalisation hitting as high as $1.75 billion from less than $115 million it opened the week.


Therefore, the stock value rose based on the news and affordability alone without any known product or strong fundamentals in an industry where a failed trial can derail any hype.

This was similar to what happened earlier in the year when the stock of Hertz jumped to unpredictable highs despite the company filing Chapter 11. Retail investors jumped on the stock after report of its bankruptcy plummeted its value, making it affordable to retail investors that kept jumping on it via various trading apps and eventually drove the price of a dying company to a record high.

The stock eventually crashed from $20.29 per share to $1.48 per share as at the time of writing.


At Investors King we believe a similar thing is playing out with Kodak for several reasons, Kodak has no known pharmaceutical product or history with pharmaceutical products rather the struggling photography company is looking to take advantage of unrestrained funds going into the health sector given global pandemic.

While this could eventually work out, Kodak presently lacks the pedigree or necessary tools to compete with top American pharmaceutical companies working hard to address various COVID-19 challenges.

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Also, it would take several months or more than a year before Kodak hit the market with any pharmaceutical products. For those Nigerians, using apps to trade American stocks, Egungun be careful o!.

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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Bank Stocks Top Charts Amid Strong Third Quarter Performance



Zenith Bank

Bank stocks top both gainers’ and top traded stocks’ charts on Tuesday as investors at the Nigerian Stock Exchange continues to increase their holdings of banks’ stocks amid strong third-quarter financial results.

Zenith Bank led the most traded stocks for a second consecutive day on Tuesday following a declaration of  N509 billion gross earnings and N177 billion profit after tax in the first nine months of the year.

Investors traded 71,933,841 shares of Zenith Bank valued at N1,730,151,404.20 during the trading hours of Tuesday.

Transcorp, the only non-bank stock on the top five trades, followed Zenith Bank with 37,172,526 shares worth N32,853,263.27.

Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, Access Bank and United Bank for Africa (UBA) exchanged 30,003,182 units, 29,549,235 units and 29,332,033 units estimated at N1,022,126,997.60, N243,311,726.70 and N236,303,261.20, respectively.

Investors exchanged a total of 365.414 million shares valued at N4.692 billion in 6,325 deals on Tuesday to return the bourse to the green zone after two days of consecutive declines.

The Nigerian Stock Exchange market capitalisation rose by N114 billion from N17.829 trillion it closed on Monday to N17.943 trillion on Tuesday. While the NSE All-Share Index gained 220.82 index points or 0.06 percent to 34,349.56 index points it settled on Tuesday, up from 34,119.74 index points on Monday.

Stanbic IBTC Bank led gainers with N2.8 or 7.08 percent gain to finish the day at N42.35 per share. See the details below.

Top Trades 

Symbols Volume Value
ZENITHBANK 71,933,841 N1,730,151,404.20
TRANSCORP 37,172,526 N32,853,263.27
GUARANTY 30,003,182 N1,022,126,997.60
ACCESS 29,549,235 N243,311,726.70
UBA 29,332,033 N236,303,261.20

Top Gainers

Symbols Last Close Current Change %Change
STANBIC N39.55 N42.35 2.8 7.08%
UBA N7.7 N8.2 0.5 6.49%
ACCESS N7.9 N8.35 0.45 5.70%
FBNH N6.7 N7.15 0.45 6.72%
UBN N5.5 N5.9 0.4 7.27%

Top Losers

Symbols Last Close Current Change %Change
JBERGER N19 N17.3 -1.7 -8.95%
FIDSON N5.4 N4.87 -0.53 -9.81%
GUINNESS N18 N17.5 -0.5 -2.78%
ETERNA N4.61 N4.15 -0.46 -9.98%
UACN N7.95 N7.65 -0.3 -3.77%

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Insider Dealing: Paul Miyonmide Gbededo, MD Flour Mills, Purchased 1.95 Million Shares in Flour Mills



flour mills posts 184% increase in PAT

In a disclosure statement filed with the Nigerian Stock Exchange, the management of Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc said Paul Miyonmide Gbededo, the Group Managing Director, purchased 1,949,839 shares in the company.

In a statement signed by Umolu Joseph, the Company Secretary and Director, Flour Mills of Nigeria, Gbededo bought the 1,948,839 shares at N28 per unit on November 17, 2020.

The Managing Director invested N54,567,492 in Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc in a move that suggested confidence in the future of the company.

The disclosure is in line with the Nigerian Security and Exchange Commission’s new policy on insider dealings. See the transaction details below.

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Insider Dealing: Chide Agbapu Buys 1 Million Shares in Fidelity Bank




The management of Fidelity Bank on Friday said Mr. Chidi Agbapu, a non-executive director, bought 1,000,000 shares of Fidelity Bank Plc.

In line with the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) disclosure policy, the lender said Agbapu purchased the shares in two different transactions on November 9, 2020.

According to a statement signed by Ezinwa Unuigboje, Company Secretary, Fidelity Bank, the shares were purchase in two deals of 500,000 units each at N2.75 per share. See the details below.

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