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Nigerian Stock Exchange Differs Economic Uncertainty, Rises by N2.1 Trillion Last Week

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There seems to be no stop in sight for the high flying Nigerian stock market as local investors continue to dump huge amounts on stocks despite rising economic uncertainty and weak macro fundamentals.

The Nigerian Stock Exchange market capitalisation rose by a shocking 12.97 percent or N2.101 trillion from N16.207 trillion it settled a week ago to N18.308 trillion last week. The highest in a single week in over 5 years.

Last week, the bourse rose above the 5 percent threshold to trigger the circuit breaker put in place to force decorum in an unusual trading situation like the Exchange is witnessing in recent weeks.

The NSE All-Share Index also gained 12.97 percent or 4021.29 index points from 31,016.17 index point it closed in the previous week to 35,037.46 index points on Friday. Also, the highest appreciation in over half a decade.

The Nigerian Stock Exchange continues to gain across the board — except oil and insurance sectors — despite falling demands, high unemployment rate and weak consumer buying power that is presently hurting sales, profitability and new job creation.

Despite these obvious reasons, investors traded 4.509 billion shares worth N58.733 billion in 47,140 transactions, against a total of 2.067 billion shares valued at N22.636 billion that exchanged hands in 25,187 deals in the previous week.

In terms of volume traded, the financial services industry led the activity table with 3.073 billion shares worth N35.408 billion traded in 25,894 deals. Therefore, contributing 68.15 percent and 60.29 percent to the total equity turnover volume and value, respectively.

This was followed by the conglomerates industry with 437.822 million shares valued at N771.280 million in 1,864 deals

The consumer goods industry came third with a turnover of 373.613 million shares worth N7.816 billion in 7,471 deals.

Zenith Bank Plc, FBN Holding and Transcorp Hotels led by volume with a combined 1.426 billion shares valued at N18.083 billion in 9,537 deals. The three contributed 31.63 percent and 30.79 percent to the total equity turnover volume and value traded, respectively.

The Nigerian Stock Exchange total gain rose to 30.53 percent year-to-date while the total gain in the final quarter represents around half of the gain at 14.76 percent.

Top gainers for the week were Oando Plc, Japaul Oil & Maritime Services Plc, others as shown below.

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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Stocks on Nigerian Exchange Limited Sustains Gain on Tuesday

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Listed stocks on the Nigerian Exchange Limited gained N36 billion on Tuesday to sustain Monday’s positive momentum.

The bourse All-Share Index rose by 0.18 percent from 39,312.74 index points on Monday to close at 39,382.96 index points on Tuesday. While the market value of listed equities expanded by N36 billion to settle at N20.527 trillion, up from N20.491 trillion recorded on Monday.

Investors traded 296.596 million shares valued at N3.362 billion in 4,265 transactions during the trading hours of Tuesday.

Meyer led gainers with N0.05 or 9.62 percent gain to close at N0.57 per share. This was followed by Presco with N6.90 or 9.58 percent gain as shown below.

Stock Market Snapshot

ASI 39,382.96
DEALS 4,265.00
VOLUME 296,596,623.00
VALUE N 3,361,573,907.37
EQUITY CAP N 20,527,328,320,996.84
BOND CAP N 17,216,586,380,738.50
ETF CAP N 18,261,586,163.62

Top Gainers

Symbols Last Close Current Change %Change
MEYER N0.52 N0.57 0.05 9.62%
PRESCO N72.00 N78.90 6.90 9.58%
UAC-PROP N0.76 N0.83 0.07 9.21%
AFRIPRUD N6.00 N6.55 0.55 9.17%
UNITYBNK N0.55 N0.60 0.05 9.09%

Top Losers

Symbols Last Close Current Change %Change
REGALINS N0.34 N0.31 -0.03 -8.82%
HONYFLOUR N1.20 N1.13 -0.07 -5.83%
CUTIX N2.21 N2.10 -0.11 -4.98%
UCAP N6.00 N5.76 -0.24 -4.00%
WAPIC N0.53 N0.51 -0.02 -3.77%

Top Trades

Symbols Volume Value
ACCESS 58,558,705.00 N494,147,223.85
UACN 38,274,061.00 N394,222,603.70
FIDELITYBK 27,150,533.00 N62,355,969.20
ZENITHBANK 26,421,735.00 N609,738,886.60
TRANSCORP 15,626,067.00 N14,179,618.10

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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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