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Tech Shares Tumble a Second Day as Yields Climb: Markets Wrap

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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:

Stocks

  • 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%.

Currencies

  • 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.

Bonds

  • 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%.

Commodities

  • West Texas Intermediate crude fell 0.4% to $61.50 a barrel.
  • Gold fell 0.5% to $1,800.96 an ounce.

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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Nigerian Stock Market Gains N27 Billion on Monday

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The Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) opened the week in green as more stocks extended their gains on Monday.

Market value of all listed stocks rose by N27 billion from N21.794 trillion it closed on Friday to N21.821 trillion on Monday. While the NSE All-Share Index appreciated by 0.12 percent to 41,814.74 index points, up from 41,763.26 index points it closed on Friday.

Investors traded 674,498,620 shares worth N7.591 billion in 5,432 transactions during the trading hours of Monday.

PZ led gainers with N0.55 or 9.32 percent to close at N6.45 per share. This was followed by Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc with N0.02 or 7.14 percent to settle at N0.30 a unit. See other details below.

Top Five Gainers

Symbols Last Close Current Change %Change
PZ N 5.90 N 6.45 0.55 9.32 %
MBENEFIT N 0.28 N 0.30 0.02 7.14 %
UNILEVER N 14.50 N 15.50 1.00 6.90 %
MANSARD N 2.31 N 2.46 0.15 6.49 %
CUTIX N 6.05 N 6.40 0.35 5.79 %

Top Five Losers 

Symbols Last Close Current Change %Change
ABBEYBDS N 0.95 N 0.86 -0.09 -9.47 %
PRESTIGE N 0.47 N 0.43 -0.04 -8.51 %
REGALINS N 0.41 N 0.38 -0.03 -7.32 %
CILEASING N 4.70 N 4.40 -0.30 -6.38 %
NGXGROUP N 22.00 N 20.60 -1.40 -6.36 %

Top Five Trades

Symbols Volume Value
FBNH 350541622.00 4345726068.70
ETI 45642660.00 347799322.85
UNIVINSURE 33914599.00 6782919.80
TRANSCORP 32576994.00 33205137.68
GTCO 21476241.00 614370055.60

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Nestle Nigeria Declares N25 Interim Dividend for the Period Ended September 30, 2021

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Shareholders of Nestle Nigeria Plc would be currently smiling to the bank as the company announced an interim dividend of N25 per 50 Kobo ordinary share, subject to withholding tax, to shareholders whose names appear on the register of members as at the close of business on 19 November 2021.

Going by the company’s outstanding shares of 792,656,252, the amount translates to N19.816 billion.

The register of members would be closed from 22 November 2021 to 26 November 2021. On 6 December 2021, the dividend would be paid electronically to shareholders whose names appear on the register of members on 19 November 2021 and who have completed the e-dividend registration and mandated the registrars to pay their dividends directly into their bank accounts. The registrar of Nestle Nigeria Plc is Greenwich Registrars and Data Solutions Limited.

This comes as Nestle reported a 23 percent increase in revenue for the period, N261 billion was earned in the period ended September 2021 compared to N212 billion in the period ended September 2020. The company has two reporting segments, Food which includes the production and sale of Maggi, Cerelac, Nan, Lactogen, and Golden Morn and Beverages which includes the production and sale of Milo, Chocomilo, Nescafe, Milo ready-to-drink (RTD), and Nestle Pure Life. The Food segment reported a revenue of N154 billion while the Beverages segment reported a revenue of N107 billion during the period. N258 Billion of revenue was earned in Nigeria and N3 Billion was earned from exports to other countries.

Cost of sales, however, rose from N122 billion in the year ending September 2020 to N160 Billion in September 2021 and this saw profit for the period rise slightly by 5% from N31 Billion to N33 Billion. Earnings per share rose from N40.29 in 2020 to N42.37 in 2021.

Nestle Nigeria Plc is one of the largest food and beverage companies in Africa. For over 57 years, Nestle has been delighting consumers in Nigeria with high-quality nutritious food products. Nestle has a staff strength of over 2,300 direct employees, 3 manufacturing sites, and a head office in Lagos and produces several iconic brands in Nigeria.

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Nigerian Exchange Group Leads Gainers as Stock Investors Gained N169 Billion Last Week

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The stock price of the Nigerian Exchange Group extended its bullish run to N22 per share last week, representing an increase of 23.95 percent when compared to its N17.75 per share opening price.

During the four trading days week (Eid-iL-Maulud Holiday), investors traded a total of 1.565 billion shares worth N18.384 billion in 21,621 deals, in contrast to a total of 2.838 billion shares valued at N31.653 billion that exchanged hands in 23,355 deals in the previous week.

In terms of the volume traded, the financial service industry led the activity chart with 1.179 billion shares valued at N12.746 billion traded in 13,272 transactions. Therefore, contributing 75.38 percent and 69.33 percent to the total equity turnover volume and value, respectively.

The ICT Industry followed with 131.585 million shares worth N2.151 billion in 636 deals. In third place was Conglomerates Industry, with a turnover of 110.828 million shares worth N 262.227 million in 928 deals.

FBN Holdings Plc, E-Tranzact International Plc and Access Bank Plc were the most traded equities, accounting for 626.888 million shares worth N6.303 billion in 3,677 deals. The three contributed 40.07 percent and 34.29 percent to the total equity turnover volume and value, respectively.

The market value of listed equities gained 0.78 percent or N163 billion from N21.625 trillion in the previous week to N21.794 trillion last week. The NGX All-Share Index also appreciated by 0.78 percent or 325.11 index points to close the week at 41,763.26 index points, up from 41,763.26 index points.

However, all other indices finished lower with the exception of NGX Main Board, NGX 30, NGX Banking, NGX Oil/Gas, NGX Industrial Goods and NGX Sovereign Bond indices which appreciated by 1.64 percent, 0.80 percent, 0.69 percent, 1.40 percent, 2.59 percent and 0.03 percent, respectively, while the NGX ASeM Index closed flat.

The year-to-date return rose to 3.71 percent last week.

 

 

 

 

 

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