Stock Investors Are Being Premature Over Vaccine Optimism
Global stock markets are “overthinking the positive vaccine news,” warns the CEO of one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory and fintech organisations.
The warning from Nigel Green, the chief executive and founder of deVere Group which has $12bn under advisement, comes as stock markets have soared after drug firms Pfizer and BioNTech announced that their Covid-19 vaccine was 90% effective in tests.
Londons’ FTSE 100 soared on Monday by 5.5% and Wall Street benchmark S&P 500 index was set to climb surge 3.9% when trading starts.
Mr Green observes: “The news is fuelling hope that economies around the world can soon return to normal and this is driving global stock markets.
“The vaccine development reports are, obviously, an important step in the right direction.
“However, I suspect the markets – which are already in a bullish mood due to the incoming Biden administration – are overthinking the positive vaccine news.
“They are being premature in their buoyancy.”
“There’s a long road ahead still. We will find out on the third week of November then as we wait to see if the vaccine can be approved or not.”
He cautions: “ Stocks, including beleaguered travel sector stocks amongst others, are soaring on the back of the news.
“But I would urge investors to remain optimistically cautious and avoid the ‘buy everything’ mindset
“The world is still readjusting and many of the changes that have come about from the pandemic are unlikely to be reversed, including the workplace revolution in which more and more people are working from home.”
“An experienced fund manager will help investors seek those stocks most likely to generate and build their wealth sustainably over the long-term.”
The deVere CEO concludes: “Investing over the long-term on stock markets remains, as ever, one of the best and proven ways to accumulate wealth.
“However, investors must remember not to be complacent, over-optimistic or premature when an upbeat mood takes over the markets.”
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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