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Despite Opening in Red, The Nigerian Stock Exchange Closed in Green

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The Nigerian Stock Exchange closed positive on Monday despite opening the day in the red.

The market capitalisation rebounded from the N51 billion decline recorded earlier in the day to close with N21 billion profit at N18.309 trillion market value.

Similarly, the NSE All-Share Index recovered from a 0.29 percent dip to gain 0.45 percent and closed the day at 35,042.14 index points.

Investors traded 415.531 million shares valued at N4.898 billion in 5,267 transactions during the trading hours of Monday.

Airtel Africa led the most traded stocks with a N53.5 gain to close at N588.5 per share. MTN Nigeria came second with a 20 kobo gain to close at N155.2 a single share. See the details below.

Top Trades

Symbols Volume Value
MULTIVERSE 84,009,000 N16,801,800.00
ZENITHBANK 47,021,980 N1,134,491,309.95
TRANSCORP 34,072,114 N34,291,450.53
ACCESS 29,904,160 N256,045,236.40
MBENEFIT 21,566,583 N4,659,761.09

Top Gainers

Symbols Last Close Current Change %Change
AIRTELAFRI N535 N588.5 53.5 10.00%
MTNN N155 N155.2 0.2 0.13%
AIICO N1 N1.1 0.1 10.00%
UBN N5.5 N5.6 0.1 1.82%
FCMB N3.25 N3.33 0.08 2.46%

Top Losers

Symbols Last Close Current Change %Change
GUARANTY N35 N33.2 -1.8 -5.14%
BUACEMENT N56 N55 -1 -1.79%
UNILEVER N13.75 N12.95 -0.8 -5.82%
NNFM N7.7 N6.93 -0.77 -10.00%
FIDSON N5.47 N4.93 -0.54 -9.87%

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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Avoid Being Drawn into Social Media-Fuelled Stock Hysteria: deVere CEO

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Avoid Being Drawn into Social Media-Fuelled Stock Hysteria: deVere CEO

Investors need to exercise the utmost caution before joining social media-led stock frenzies, warned the CEO of one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory and fintech organisations.

The warning from Nigel Green, chief executive and founder of deVere Group, comes as a group of at-home retail investors on Reddit have been promoting a number of stocks, with the aim of squeezing short sellers that have been betting against them.

GameStop, AMC, Pearson, Blackberry, Nokia and Cineworld are amongst the targets.

GameStop’s stock has surged nearly 700% in the past two weeks, while Blackberry is up 185% and on track for its best month ever.

The Reddit community r/wallstreetbees, which has 2.8 million members, is full of users urging each other to keep pushing the stocks higher.

Mr Green says: “I would urge investors to exercise the utmost caution before joining social media-led stock frenzies of this nature.  The valuations can be expected to be extremely wild – in both directions – and there’s a legitimate risk that investors could get burned.”

He continues: “This is being pitched as a battle-play of Wall Street or The Square Mile versus The Little Guy.  However, this is not typically the way reasoned, savvy investors should strategise to create and build their portfolios in order to reach their financial goals.

“This is a dangerous game to play for retail investors.”

Earlier this week, the deVere CEO noted: “In today’s landscape, it is not the macro-bubble of which investors should be wary.

“Any potential bursting of bubbles is likely to be within specific stocks, so unlikely to rock the global financial markets as has happened previously – but individual investors could still be caught off-guard.

“Micro-bubble spotting, and diversification across asset class, sector, region and even currency, should become a priority for investors right now.”

Nigel Green concludes: “As ever, investors should work alongside a good fund manager to seek out those stocks most likely to generate and top-up their wealth over the long-term.

“I would avoid being drawn into the hysteria driven by social media.”

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Cadbury Nigeria Profit Plunges by 84 Percent in 2020

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Cadbury Nigeria Profit Plunges by 84 Percent in 2020

Cadbury Nigeria Plc profit after tax plunged by 84 percent in the 2020 financial year to N172.665 million, down from N1.071 billion in 2019, according to the unaudited financial statements of the company.

The company revenue declined by 10 percent from N39.327 billion filed in 2019 to N35.407 billion in 2020.

Cost of sales improved by 4 percent from N31 billion in 2019 to N29.640 billion in 2020.

Cadbury’s results from operating activities declined by 91 percent from N1.354 billion in 2019 to N119.223 million in 2020.

Cadbury Nigeria Key Financial Highlights for 2020

  • Profit before tax decreased by 84 percent from N1.539 billion achieved in 2019 to N246.665 million 2020.
  • Profit for the year also contracted by 84 percent from N1.071 billion in 2019 to N172.665 million.
  • Share capital remained unchanged at N939.101 million.
  • Total equity declined by 5 percent to N12.877 billion in 2020 from N13.566 billion in 2019 year-on-year.
  • Basic earnings per share also plunged by 84 percent from 57.01 to 9.19 per share.

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DF Holdings Limited Buys 27.2 Million AIICO Shares Valued at N29.9 Million

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DF Holdings Limited Buys 27.2 Million AIICO Shares Valued at N29.9 Million

DF Holdings Limited, a majority shareholder in AIICO Insurance Plc, purchased 27,174,309 shares of AIICO at N1.10 per share.

The company disclosed in a statement signed by Donald Kanu, Company Secretary, AIICO Insurance Plc.

DF Holdings Limited purchased the shares on December 9th, 2020 at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) trading floor.

The shares valued at N29.892 million. See the details below.

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