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Investors Gained N59 Billion on Thursday as Buhari Goes After Protesters

Investors at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) gained N59 billion on Thursday as the market appreciated to N14.929 trillion.

The market capitalisation of listed equities rose by N59 billion from N14.870 trillion it closed on Wednesday to N14.929 trillion on Thursday.

While the NSE All-Share Index gained 114.38 basis points or 0.40 percent from 28,449.49 bps on Wednesday to 28,563.87 bps on Thursday.

Investors traded 311.333 million shares valued at N4.691 million in 3,375 deals during the trading hours of Thursday.

Banking stocks led the most traded stocks with GTBank recording the most traded in terms of volume with 77.842 million shares valued at N2.336 billion. This was followed by Access Bank’s 57.659 shares traded in N442.777 million. See the details below.

The market rebounded following a government clampdown on protesters demanding an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) among others.

According to analysts at InvestData Limited, the volatility will continue even with the high dividend expected to attract capital into equity assets.

The experts said, “We expect this volatility to continue, even as high Dividend Yields attract inflow to equity assets, ahead of the peak period of the Q3 earnings reporting season and momentum associated with earnings season in the midst of crude oil price oscillation.”

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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Insider Dealings: Nestle, McNichols Insider Trades Disclosed

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Nestle S.A once again increased its holding in Nestle Nigeria Plc, according to the latest filing with the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).

The Swiss multinational food and drink processing conglomerate corporation that doubled as the largest shareholder of Nestle Nigeria Plc purchased an additional 253,965 shares of Nestle Nigeria in three transactions between November 30 and December 2, 2020.

On November 30, Nestle S.A purchased 10,000 shares at N1,390 per share. While on December 1 and 2, 2020 another 235,537 and 8,428 shares were acquired at N1,399.85 and N1,390 per share.

This brings the aggregate volume of purchase to 253,965 shares at an aggregate price of N1,393 per share.

Also, McNichols Consolidated Plc, another listed company on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, disclosed that Ekpe Chimaraoke Nwokoma, a substantial shareholder, purchased 109,500 shares at an average price of 51 kobo per share in two transactions.

On November 11, 2020, Nwokoma bought 9,500 shares at 51 kobo each and another 100,000 shares at 51 kobo on December 1, 2020.

The disclosure is in line with the new Nigeria’s Security Exchange Commission policy on transparency.

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VitaFoam to Approve Audited Financial Statement For September Period on December 15th, 2020

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The management of Vitafoam Nigeria Plc on Tuesday announced it will hold a meeting of the Board of Directors on December 15th, 2020 to consider and approve the Audited Financial Statements for the year ended 30, September 2020 and recommended dividend, if considered appropriate.

Vitafoam disclosed in a statement signed by Lekan Sanni, Company Secretary and issued on Thursday.

The company further stated that “in compliance with the listing rules of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, the closed period for trading in the company’s securities commenced from 1st December, 2020 until 24 hours after the announcement of the Audited Group Financial Statement for the year ended 30th September, 2020 to the Nigerian Stock Exchange.”

“Consequently, no Director, Employee, person discharging managerial responsibility, Advisers and Consultants of the Company and their connected persons may directly or indirectly deal in the shares of the company during the closed period.”

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Investors Dump N15 Billion on United Capital Series 3 Commercial Paper

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United Capital Plc has raised N15 billion through Series 3 Commercial Paper (CP) issued under a N20 billion programme registered with the FMDQ Securities Exchange.

The company announced this through a statement forwarded to the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

According to the statement, the Series 3 270-day issuance at a yield of 1.26 percent had 112 percent subscriptions from a pool of institutional investors, especially Asset Managers.

The statement reads in part, “this issuance sets another ground-breaking record in the Nigerian Capital Markets, being the lowest yield on record for a 270-day CP issuance by a nonbank issuer. FSDH Capital Limited, United Capital Plc, and UCML Capital Limited acted as Arrangers to the transaction.”

Speaking on the success of the commercial paper, Mr. Peter Ashade, the Chief Executive Officer, United Capital Plc, said “The commercial paper issuance is in line with our bid to diversify our funding sources, strengthen our capital base and intensify our strategic initiatives aimed at providing innovative financing solutions to our clients”.

“This issuance sets another ground-breaking record in the Nigerian Capital Markets, being the lowest yield on record for a 270-day CP issuance by a nonbank issuer. FSDH Capital Limited, United Capital Plc, and UCML Capital Limited acted as Arrangers to the transaction.”

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