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Combined Market Cap of Top Three Fuel Cell Companies Soared by 550% YoY to $20.8B

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Total Market Cap of Top Three Fuel Cell Firms Jumped by 550% YoY to $20.8 Billion

The increasing demand for clean energy sources and the development of environmental-friendly urban transport systems in developed countries had been driving the impressive growth of the fuel cell industry. In the next seven years, the entire market is expected to rise by CARG of 56% and hit a $24.8bn value.

The increasing awareness about carbon emissions and the efforts taken to maximize sustainable energy use have also boosted the growth of the companies operating in this sector.

According to data presented by StockApps, the combined market capitalization of Plug Power, Ballard Power and Bloom Energy, as the top three fuel cell companies, soared by 550% year-over-year and hit $20.8bn in December.

Plug Power Market Cap Soared by 1283% YoY

Fuel cell technology plays a huge role in dealing with environmental issues and encouraging the use of renewable energy carriers by minimizing the emission of carbon dioxide or any other hazardous pollutants.

As the market leader, Plug Power Inc. witnessed the most impressive market cap growth in 2020. In December 2019, the combined value of stocks of the US company specialized in converting battery-powered equipment to hydrogen-generated fuel sources amounted to $950 million, revealed the Yahoo Finance data. By the end of the first quarter of 2020, the company hit the one-billion benchmark, despite the COVID-19 crisis.

In the next three months, the Plug Power market cap almost tripled and hit $2.7bn. The strong increasing trend continued in the third quarter, with the combined value of stocks surging to $5.2bn in September, a 450% jump in nine months.

However, statistics indicate the US fuel cell producer’s stock price exploded in the fourth quarter, with the market cap rising by almost $8bn in the last three months. Last week, Plug Power market capitalization stood at $13.1bn, a 1283% jump year-over-year.

Bloom Energy Market Cap Jumped by 377% YoY, Ballard Power Follows with a 223% Increase

As the second-largest fuel cell company by market cap, Ballard Power Systems has also witnessed an impressive stock price growth this year.

The fundamental technology that makes hydrogen power work is called a proton exchange membrane, which utilizes hydrogen and oxygen in an electrochemical reaction. The Canadian company is specialized in developing and manufacturing proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell products for markets like heavy-duty motive applications, portable power, material handling, and engineering services.

Statistics show the Ballard Power Systems market cap surged by 223% year-over-year, rising from $1.6bn in December 2019 to $5.3bn last week.

As the third-largest company operating in the fuel cell market, Bloom Energy Corporation has also witnessed a three-digit market cap growth in 2020. The California-based company raised more than $1 bn in venture capital funding before going public in 2018. Its unique selling point is a fuel cell that allows its industrial-sized generators to run on natural gas, biogas, or hydrogen without combustion.

In December 2019, the combined value of stocks of the third-largest fuel cell technology producer stood at $900 million. By the end of June, this figure rose to $1.36bn and continued growing. Statistics show that Bloom Energy’s market cap stood at $4.3bn last week, a 377% jump in a year.

Is the CEO/Founder of Investors King Limited. A proven foreign exchange research analyst and a published author on Yahoo Finance, Businessinsider, Nasdaq, Entrepreneur.com, Investorplace, and many more. He has over two decades of experience in global financial markets.

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Nigerian Equities Market Sheds N103 Billion in Three-Day Trading of Last Week

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In a brief yet impactful trading week marked by Eid-el-Kabir celebrations, Nigeria’s equities market closed in the red as the market shed a total of N103 billion in market capitalization.

Investors navigated through a condensed trading schedule that spanned just three days, with profit-taking activities predominantly affecting key sectors despite selective bargain hunting in others.

The Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) All-Share Index (ASI) closed the week at 99,743.05 points, reflecting a decline from the previous week’s high of 99,925.29 points.

Similarly, market capitalization dipped to N56.423 trillion, down from N56.526 trillion recorded in the preceding trading period.

Throughout the truncated trading sessions, the market experienced two days of negative closes, contrasting with one day of flat performance.

Analysts attributed the decline primarily to profit-taking activities across critical sectors such as insurance and banking, which overshadowed gains observed in oil & gas, consumer goods, and industrial stocks.

The NGX Oil & Gas Index saw a marginal decrease of 0.21 percent, while the NGX Banking Index dipped by 0.04 percent.

The NGX Insurance Index recorded the steepest decline, falling by 1.41 percent during the week.

On the other hand, the NGX Consumer Goods Index rose by 0.29 percent, and the NGX Industrial Index saw a modest increase of 0.10 percent.

Despite the downturn in market performance for the week, the year-to-date (YtD) return moderated to 33.39 percent, indicating a resilient overall performance in 2024.

Month-to-date (MtD), the market managed a slight uptick of 0.43 percent, underscoring the mixed sentiment and cautious trading observed among investors.

Market analysts and stakeholders emphasized the impact of profit-taking in driving the market’s decline and suggested that the upcoming weeks could see renewed activity depending on economic indicators and investor sentiment.

As Nigeria’s equities market continues to navigate various economic dynamics, stakeholders remain optimistic about potential recovery and growth opportunities amid evolving market conditions.

The holiday-shortened trading week underscored the volatility and resilience of Nigeria’s equities market, highlighting both challenges and opportunities for investors in the coming sessions.

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FBN Holdings, Fidelity Bank Lead Trades as Nigerian Stock Market Closes Flat

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For the first time in weeks, Nigeria’s equities market closed flat on Thursday as investors adopted a cautious approach, taking a “wait-and-see” stance.

Despite active trading in major stocks such as FBN Holdings, Fidelity Bank, Transcorp, Access Holdings, and AIICO, the market showed no significant movement.

On Thursday, investors exchanged 1,299,961,984 shares worth N25.326 billion in 8,364 deals on the Exchange.

However, the trading activity did not translate into a market shift.

The NGX All-Share Index (ASI) and Market Capitalisation, which stood at 99,842.19 points and N56.478 trillion on the preceding trading day, closed Thursday at 99,842.94 points and N56.479 trillion, respectively.

This static closure occurred despite notable performances from stocks like Champion Breweries and Chams, which rallied.

Conversely, Transcorp Hotels Plc, NEM Insurance, and Fidelity Bank topped the list of laggards.

“We anticipate a mixed trading session with potential buy-side pressure in key names that could steer the market to a green close,” stated analysts from Lagos-based Vetiva Research in their post-trading note. “Investors are expected to monitor movements in high-performing stocks as well.”

Related developments highlighted the challenges facing investors. Rising diesel prices have surged by 66%, hitting the Northeast hardest.

The Naira remains weak at the official market despite rising external reserves, and prime office tenants face dilemmas with dollar-rents surging 200% in Naira value.

The flat close on Thursday underscores the cautious sentiment prevailing among investors in Nigeria’s equities market.

The market’s performance continues to reflect broader economic uncertainties and investor strategies focusing on stability and risk management.

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Foreign Equity Trading in Nigeria Jumps 437%, Reaches N334 Billion in Early 2024

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Nigeria’s stock market has seen a remarkable surge in foreign investor activity, with equity trading by foreign investors skyrocketing 437% in the first four months of 2024.

This growth has pushed the total value of foreign equity trades to N334.01 billion, a significant increase from N62.18 billion during the same period in 2023.

Data from the Nigeria Exchange Limited (NGX) reveals that between January and April 2024, Nigerian stock investors exchanged equities valued at N1.894 trillion, a sharp rise from N721.44 billion recorded in the corresponding period of the previous year.

Foreign investors accounted for 17.63% of this total, while domestic investors dominated the market with 82.37%, trading N1.560 trillion worth of equities.

The increased foreign participation peaked in April 2024, with foreign investors trading N120.83 billion worth of stocks, representing 34.90% of the total value traded that month.

This surge highlights a growing confidence in Nigeria’s equity market despite broader economic challenges and a competitive fixed income market.

Analysts attribute this spike in foreign equity trading to various factors, including attractive stock valuations and improved regulatory frameworks.

“We expect continued interest in fundamentally sound stocks,” noted analysts at Comercio Partners, highlighting the positive market return of 33.64% by mid-June 2024.

Despite the attractiveness of fixed-income yields, particularly with Treasury bill rates reaching as high as 23.3% for one-year T-bills, participants remain drawn to equities, seeking growth in undervalued stocks.

Meristem research analysts predict a mixed performance in the equities market, driven by positive momentum and cautious trading.

The influx of foreign capital comes as a positive sign for Nigeria’s economic outlook, reflecting investor confidence in the nation’s regulatory and market reforms.

The NGX has been proactive in boosting market accessibility, recently launching a USSD platform to provide real-time stock market information, a move aimed at enhancing financial inclusion and market participation.

Prominent stockbroking firms have also played a crucial role in this trading boom.

CardinalStone Securities Limited led the market by trading stocks worth N197.535 billion, followed by Stanbic IBTC Stockbrokers Limited and United Capital Securities Limited.

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