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Five Leading Health Care Companies Lost Over $65bn in Market Cap YTD



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Top Five Leading Health Care Companies More than $65bn in Market Value

Data presented by Buy Shares indicates that five selected leading public health care companies have cumulatively lost $65.59 billion in market capitalization. The slump is on a Year-to-Date basis.

Health care companies banking on coronavirus vaccine

Walgreens Boots Alliance is the biggest loser at $21.21billion. CVS Health is the second biggest loser at $20.81 billion followed by Cigna Corp at $13.88 billion.

From the research, Anthem Inc. market capitalization has plunged by $8.91 billion while Cardinal Health had the least loss at $0.78 billion.

Despite the widespread losses, UnitedHealth Group’s market capitalization gained by a massive $16.73 billion. Johnson & Johnson also gained by $3.97 billion during the period under review.

Although the health care sector has registered a decline in market capitalization, several factors might spark a resurgence. According to the research report:

“The health care companies are banking on a possible vaccine to make a rebound in the market. Currently, there are over 70 vaccines under development, and companies that emerge first are likely to benefit from that. For example, Johnson & Johnson’s positive change in market capitalization can be linked to the fact that the company is very active in vaccine searching. Additionally, the stock market is also depending on the vaccines to make a rebound. Positive news regarding the vaccine has seen other stocks make notable gains.”

The research also overviewed the Year-to-Date returns for the selected companies. AmerisourceBergen Corp has the biggest returns at 13.84% followed by UnitedHealth Group at 4.27%. Elsewhere, Walgreens Boots Alliance has the worst returns at -38.47%. CVS Health had the second-worst returns at -22.63%.

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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Global Sell-off Should be a Reality Check for Investors: deVere CEO



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Concerns about inflation that are rattling global stock markets on Tuesday should be used as a reality check for investors, says the CEO of one of the world’s largest financial advisory and fintech organizations.

The observation from Nigel Green, chief executive and founder of deVere Group comes as the pan-European Stoxx 600 index dropped 2.3%, with London’s FTSE 100 falling 2.4%.

Losses in Europe follow those in the Asia Pacific region. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng closed more than 2% lower and Japan’s Nikkei 225 ended the Tokyo trading session having shed more than 3%.

Meanwhile, U.S. futures are down across the board ahead of the opening bell in New York.

Mr Green says: “It is to be expected that there would be a jump in prices and supply shortages, in goods like chips and some commodities, as economies re-open and pent-up demand is unleashed by households, businesses and entire industries.

“We’re at a point of major readjustment following an unprecedented economic shock and this is fuelling concerns that rising inflation will trigger central banks to tighten monetary policy which will hit asset prices.

“It is this scenario that is rattling markets and triggering a global sell-off.”

He continues: “Tech shares are bearing the brunt of the sell-off, but this will also be used as an opportunity.

“With our daily lives becoming ever more digitalized – and at a staggering pace – tech will remain one of the mega-trends for investors for the foreseeable future.

“Savvy investors will be drawn to the massive growth that tech offers and this sell-off will used as a buying opportunity.  Nobody seriously believes the future isn’t online.”

Therefore, says Mr Green, investors would be wise to be “selective” about the sell-off.

“With some of the heat being taken out of the markets, with some stocks way too high, they are likely to – perhaps more judiciously than before – move to capitalize on this dip.”

The deVere CEO concludes: “Of course, I don’t have a crystal ball, but history shows that stock markets typically rise over the longer-term.

“Therefore, in the near future, I predict many investors will be seeking out the buying opportunities that exist.”

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Investors Jump on Union Bank of Nigeria’s Shares Amid Acquisition Rumour



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Shares of Union Bank of Nigeria Plc, a leading financial institution in Nigeria, rose by 50 kobo or 9.26 percent on Monday following reports that Atlas Mara Limited, a 49.7 percent owner in the bank has been talking to investors to sell its stake.

Investors King had reported that Bloomberg sources claimed Atlas Mara Limited, a London Stock Exchange-listed pan-African banking group started by Mr. Bob Diamond is in talks with Zenith Bank, Access Bank and other investors across Africa to sell its holding in the bank.

Since the report became public investors have been acquiring shares of Union Bank in case Zenith Bank or Access Bank, one of the leading banks in the country, acquire it. Even the bank’s CEO, Godson Chukwuemeka Okonkwo, purchased an additional 2,431,917 ordinary shares of the bank on Thursday, according to the bank’s latest disclosure filing.

Union Bank of Nigeria was the third-highest gainer on Monday.

The Nigerian Exchange Limited gained N59.4 billion on Monday to close at N20.491 trillion on Monday.

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Nigerian Exchange Limited Gains N59.4 Billion on Monday



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Stocks in Africa’s largest economy, Nigeria, gained N59.4 billion on Monday amid positive first-quarter results.

The Nigerian Exchange Limited All-Share Index rose by 0.29 percent from 39,198.75 index points it closed on Friday to settle at 39312.74 index points on Monday.

During the trading hours of Monday, investors traded 324.187 million shares valued at N3.281 billion in 4,867 deals.

The market value of listed stocks grew by N59.4 billion from N20.431 trillion recorded on Friday to N20.491 trillion on Monday.

Regency Assurance Plc (Regalins) led gainers with N0.03 or 9.68 percent to close the day at N0.31 per share.

Associated Bus Company Plc (ABCTRANS) followed with the same amount of gain, N0.03 or 9.68 percent to settle at N0.31 a share. Union Bank of Nigeria came third with N0.5 or 9.26 percent to close at N5.5 per share. See the details below.

Top Gainers 

Symbols Last Close Current Change %Change
REGALINS N0.31 N0.34 0.03 9.68%
ABCTRANS N0.31 N0.34 0.03 9.68%
UBN N5.40 N5.90 0.50 9.26%
LINKASSURE N0.69 N0.75 0.06 8.70%
MBENEFIT N0.37 N0.40 0.03 8.11%

Top Losers

Symbols Last Close Current Change %Change
UNITYBNK N0.60 N0.55 -0.05 -8.33%
JAPAULGOLD N0.60 N0.56 -0.04 -6.67%
NEIMETH N1.82 N1.71 -0.11 -6.04%
FLOURMILL N31.00 N29.50 -1.50 -4.84%
CHAMS N0.22 N0.21 -0.01 -4.55%

Top Trades

Symbols Volume Value
ETRANZACT 72,175,979.00 N162,395,952.75
ZENITHBANK 44,000,748.00 N1,015,465,286.05
ACCESS 22,978,740.00 N189,173,515.95
UBA 16,585,198.00 N119,352,727.00
MANSARD 16,429,809.00 N14,202,316.49

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