Tech Shares Tumble a Second Day as Yields Climb: Markets Wrap
Technology shares sold off for a second day amid growing concerns that valuations for high-flying stocks are stretched as interest rates rise and the global economy moves closer to reopening.
The Nasdaq 100 slumped more than 2% as the tech-heavy gauge headed to its longest losing streak since 2019. Tesla Inc. dropped as much as 13% as investors continued to punish stocks that have led the rally from the depths of the pandemic a year ago. Cyclical shares set to benefit from the end of pandemic lockdowns outperformed, limiting losses for the Dow Jones Industrial Average. A similar rotation was underway in European stocks.
So-called growth shares are having their worst month against value counterparts in more than two decades as vaccination campaigns gather pace and bond yields climb. Bets on faster growth and higher rates have pushed the gap between 5- and 30-year yields to the highest level in more than six years.
Investors are growing concerned that broad equity benchmarks have already priced in much of the prospective global recovery spurred by vaccines and U.S. stimulus.
“We’re starting to see some people take some money off the table,” said Megan Horneman, director of portfolio strategy at Verdence Capital Advisors. “The side of the market that has been so overvalued for so long is the tech side and those bigger growth names, so we’re seeing some rotation.”
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell signaled that the central bank was nowhere close to pulling back on its support for the pandemic-damaged U.S. economy even as he voiced expectations for a return to more normal, improved activity later this year.
“The economy is a long way from our employment and inflation goals, and it is likely to take some time for substantial further progress to be achieved,” he said in the text of testimony to be delivered Tuesday to the Senate Banking Committee.
Elsewhere, stocks in Asia were mostly higher. Bitcoin retreated below $50,000 after a bout of volatility highlighted lingering doubts about the durability of the token’s rally.
Some key events to watch this week:
- EIA crude oil inventory report is out Wednesday.
- Finance ministers and central bankers from the Group of 20 will meet virtually Friday. U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will be among the attendees.
These are some of the main moves in markets:
- The S&P 500 Index declined 1.2% as of 10:02 a.m. New York time.
- The Stoxx Europe 600 Index fell 1%.
- The MSCI Asia Pacific Index fell 0.2%.
- The MSCI Emerging Market Index fell 0.6%.
- The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index gained 0.1%.
- The euro fell 0.1% to $1.215.
- The British pound rose 0.1% to $1.4077.
- The Japanese yen weakened 0.3% to 105.38 per dollar.
- The yield on 10-year Treasuries rose two basis points to 1.38%.
- Germany’s 10-year yield jumped five basis points to -0.29%.
- Britain’s 10-year yield rose seven basis points to 0.75%.
- West Texas Intermediate crude fell 0.4% to $61.50 a barrel.
- Gold fell 0.5% to $1,800.96 an ounce.
FG To Auction Three Bonds Worth 50B Each This Week
The Debt Management Office has said that the Nigerian government will offer N150 billion bonds for subscription in June.
The bonds comprised three bonds worth N50bn each, a circular said Friday.
The DMO said the bonds will be auctioned on June 23 and all three have the same date for settlement.
The bonds are a 10-year re-opening bond to be offered at the rate of 16.2884 percent and to mature in March 2027; a 15- year re-opening bond to be offered at 12.5 percent with the maturity date of March 2035; and a 30-year re-opening bond to be offered at 12.98 percent and mature in March 2050.
FGN Bonds are “backed by the full faith and credit of the Federal Government of Nigeria”, the DMO said, adding that they are equally charged upon the general assets of Nigeria.
The debt office explained further that FGN bonds qualified as liquid assets for liquidity ratio calculation for banks.
For re-openings of previously issued bonds where the coupon is already set, the circular said successful bidders would pay a price corresponding to the yield to maturity bid that cleared the volume being auctioned, plus any accrued interests on the instrument.
Last month, the DMO offered similar bonds of N150bn bonds for a subscription which comprised three bonds worth N50bn each.
NGX Suspends Trading in GTBank’s Shares Ahead of Guaranty Trust Holding Listing
The Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited last Friday placed a full trading suspension on the shares of Guaranty Trust Bank(GTBank) Plc.
According to the NGX, the suspension was necessary to prevent trading in the shares of the bank in preparation for the eventual delisting of GTBank to pave way for the listing of the holding company(Holdco), Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc on NGX.
Shareholders of the GTBank had ratified the plan to adopt a Holdco structure and the Group Managing Director of the bank, Mr. Segun Agbaje, had told them the development would see a new corporate entity, Guaranty Trust Holding Plc, take the place of GTBank on the London and Nigerian Stock Exchanges.
He explained that change would entail a 1:1 share transfer while the Holdco would serve as the parent company and corporate center for GTBank Nigeria, all GTBank African subsidiaries and all other new businesses that will be created following the transition.
“Our transition into a Holdco is a necessary step to future-proofing our leadership position, sustainably growing our earnings and achieving our long-term goal of becoming one of the top five financial institutions in Africa. It is also a critical part of our response to the seismic shifts in customer expectations and changes in business models,” Agbaje had said.
He noted that as a Holdco, they will compete more effectively with non-banks in the new competitive landscape; pairing their strength in financial services with an aggressive focus on creating value in every aspect of their customers’ lives.
“We will create a new payments business to deliver the innovative solutions that will deepen and extend digital financial services across Africa. We also believe that we are in a better position to drive an asset management business and a pension fund business, given our strong retail base and digital-first approach to financial services, which we have honed over the past decade. Taken together, our entry into these new growth areas will allow us to maximize our potential in a way that banks were restricted from and enhance the value we create as a platform for enriching lives,” he said.
According to him, following a decade of birthing innovative ideas and nurturing them into businesses, the Holdco structure would he bank to unleash the power within, in ways that allow us to thrive in spaces banks were excluded, build out the full value of the innovations they have nurtured over the years and deepen the value we can create stakeholders.
Presco Plc to Hold Emergency Meeting to Recommend Acquisition of Private Company to Shareholders
Presco Plc, an agro-industrial company, has notified shareholders of the company, the Nigerian Exchange Group and the investing public that the Board of Directors of Presco Plc will hold an emergency meeting on Thursday 24th June, 2021 to recommend for the shareholders to consider the acquisition of an existing private company through shares.
The existing private company, according to a statement signed by Patrick Uwadua Esq., Company Secretary, Presco Plc, is in the same line of business with Presco Plc.
Presco said once considered, a resolution will be passed at the company’s next General Meeting to authorise the acquisition of all the shares of the existing private company.
Meanwhile, the company commenced its closed period on today, Wednesday 16 June 2021 until 24 hours after the decisions taken at the Board Meeting are released to the public.
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