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#EndSARS Amid Curfews Plunge Stock Market by N113bn on Wednesday

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#EndSARS Plunges The Nigerian Stock Exchange by N113bn

The Nigerian Stock Exchange erased N113 billion in market value as the uncertainty surrounding #EndSARS agitation and government clampdown that reportedly claimed the lives of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate weighed on investors sentiment.

Investors traded 326.58 million shares in 4,367 transactions during the trading hours of the day.

The Exchange closed in the red as 34 stocks led by Royal Exchange closed the trading session in the red.

The All-Share Index depreciated by 216.333 basis points or 0.75 percent from 28,665.82 bps recorded on Tuesday to settle at 28,449.49 bps on Wednesday while the market capitalisation of listed stocks dipped by N113 billion to N14.87 trillion, down from N14.98 trillion it closed on Tuesday.

Economic uncertainty ahead of likely third-quarter recession continued to hurt the Nigerian Stock Exchange, especially with the ongoing social unrest that has grounded business activities in the commercial capital of the nation, Lagos State.

The executive governor of the state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, had imposed a 24-hour curfew on all parts of the state to curb the activities of criminals using peaceful protest to loot and destroy properties in the state.

However, the increase in unrest is expected to negatively impact on the nation’s foreign direct investment and COVID-19 recovery.

Further breakdown of Wednesday’s trading activities revealed that Wapic Insurance Plc led the gainers’ chart with a gain of 10 percent to settle at 44 kobo a unit share while Portland Paints Plc recorded 2.50 per cent gain to close at N2.05 as share.

UAC Property Plc came third with 1.23 percent to close at 82 kobo per share.

On the other hand, Royal Exchange Plc led losers’ table with 8 percent decline to close the day at 23 kobo as share while Neimeth Pharmaceuticals Plc followed with 757 percent to settle at N1.71 per share.

Union Dicon Plc came third at 7.41 per cent to close at 25 kobo per share.

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

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NGX Index Sheds 0.79 Percent on Thursday

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The Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) Index dipped by 0.79 percent on Thursday to extend its bearish trend to 38484.82 index points.

Investors traded 259.968 million shares worth N1.982 billion in 4,975 transactions during the trading hours of Thursday, against 237,510,446 shares worth N1.882 billion traded in 4,305 transactions during the trading hours of Wednesday. 

Market capitalisation of listed stocks declined by N16 billion from N20.211 trillion recorded on Wednesday to N20.051 trillion on Thursday.

Top Gainers 
Symbols Last Close Current Change %Change
TRIPPLEG N 0.90 N 0.99 0.09 10.00 %
REGALINS N 0.41 N 0.45 0.04 9.76 %
CHIPLC N 0.54 N 0.59 0.05 9.26 %
PRESTIGE N 0.45 N 0.49 0.04 8.89 %
ACADEMY N 0.35 N 0.38 0.03 8.57 %

Top Losers

Symbols Last Close Current Change %Change
OANDO N 5.26 N 4.75 -0.51 -9.70 %
UACN N 11.20 N 10.20 -1.00 -8.93 %
LINKASSURE N 0.65 N 0.60 -0.05 -7.69 %
FTNCOCOA N 0.53 N 0.49 -0.04 -7.55 %
UPDC N 1.26 N 1.19 -0.07 -5.56 %

Top Trades

Symbols Volume Value
OANDO 56252236.00 288491744.30
GTCO 15287119.00 444928298.75
JAIZBANK 14898700.00 9218505.98
FIDELITYBK 14392576.00 34243927.81
WEMABANK 12215080.00 10084097.72

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Robinhood Falls in Trading Debut Closes 8.4% Lower at $34.82 Per Share

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The investing app tumbled in its highly anticipated trading debut on Thursday, closing 8.4 percent below its initial public offering price.

Robinhood stock opened at $38, matching the IPO price, and quickly fell more than 10 percent. The stock later climbed to approach the IPO price before falling again in the final hour of trading to close at $34.82, Robinhood’s market capitalization was about $29 billion.

It was a disappointing debut for the company that brought the markets to the masses. Robinhood and its bankers tried to avoid a poor first-day performance by pricing shares at the bottom of its targeted range at a value of about $32 billion. A successful first day was the more important because Robinhood sold a big chunk of its shares to its own customers.

According to people familiar with the matter, breaking the Wall Street convention of giving individual investors only a minuscule slice of hot IPOs, Robinhood sold between 20 percent and 25 percent of its offering to its customers.

“One of our company values is ‘participation is power,’” Chief Executive Vlad Tenev said in an interview. “It didn’t seem right for us that IPOs had typically been reserved for the top 1 percent.”

Trading for the first time under the ticker HOOD, the online brokerage hit the public markets it seeks to democratize for amateur investors.

Robinhood, whose stock trading app has surged in popularity among retail investors is valued at 10.5 times forward EBITDA.

The company sold 52.4 million shares, raising close to $2 billion. Co-founders Vlad Tenev and Baiju Bhatt each sold about $50 million worth of stock. The company was last valued in the private markets in September at $11.7 billion.

Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase are the investment banks that led the deal. Underwriters will have an option to buy an additional 5.5 million shares.

Unlike many recent IPOs, Robinhood was profitable last year, generating a net income of $7.45 million on net revenue of $959 million in 2020, versus a loss of $107 million on revenue of $278 million in 2019.

However, the brokerage had a loss of $1.4 billion in the first quarter of 2021 tied to emergency fundraising-related losses during January’s GameStop trading mania. The company generated $522 million in revenue in the quarter, up 309 percent from the $128 million earned a year earlier.

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Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) Dips Slightly on Wednesday

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The Nigerian Exchange Limited closed lower on Wednesday as listed companies started releasing their first half of the year financial results. The Nigerian Exchange Limited dipped by 0.03 percent to 38791.03 index points.

Investors traded 237,510,446 shares worth N1.882 billion in 4,305 transactions during the trading hours of Wednesday. While the market capitalisation of listed equities moderated to N20.211 trillion.

Oando led the most traded stocks with 442.901 million shares valued at N232.963 million. This was followed by bank stocks as shown in the table below.

Capital Hotel Plc led gainers with N0.26 or 9.85 percent to close at N2.90 a unit.  This was trailed by Oando as shown in the table below.

Top Gainers

Symbols Last Close Current Change %Change
CAPHOTEL N 2.64 N 2.90 0.26 9.85 %
OANDO N 4.79 N 5.26 0.47 9.81 %
BOCGAS N 8.45 N 9.20 0.75 8.88 %
FTNCOCOA N 0.49 N 0.53 0.04 8.16 %
LIVESTOCK N 2.29 N 2.40 0.11 4.80 %

Top Losers 

Symbols Last Close Current Change %Change
CHIPLC N 0.60 N 0.54 -0.06 -10.00 %
TRIPPLEG N 1.00 N 0.90 -0.10 -10.00 %
PHARMDEKO N 1.21 N 1.09 -0.12 -9.92 %
REGALINS N 0.44 N 0.41 -0.03 -6.82 %
ETERNA N 7.60 N 7.10 -0.50 -6.58 %

Top Trades

Symbols Volume Value
OANDO 44290171.00 232963299.46
UBA 19347045.00 150748119.55
WEMABANK 14241504.00 11875243.28
ACCESS 13291234.00 123732885.50
JAIZBANK 12296486.00 7584191.02

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