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%.
Bank Stocks Top Charts Amid Strong Third Quarter Performance
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.
Insider Dealing: Paul Miyonmide Gbededo, MD Flour Mills, Purchased 1.95 Million Shares in Flour Mills
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.
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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