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China Tech Giants Dive as Delisting Threat Joins Crackdown Fears

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Tech giants from Tencent Holdings Ltd. to Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. dived after U.S. regulators revived threats to toss China’s largest corporations off U.S. bourses, compounding concerns of a widening domestic antitrust crackdown.

Alibaba slid almost 4% in Hong Kong Thursday, joining a U.S. selloff that wiped at least 20% off Chinese tech names including Tencent Music Entertainment and iQiyi Inc.Baidu Inc.’s Netflix-like streaming subsidiary. The Hang Seng Technology Index slid to its lowest since November before ending down just 1.2%.

Tencent, which on Wednesday sought to allay investor concerns about the fallout to its fintech division from growing regulatory pressure, slid 2.8% and has now shed more than $200 billion of market value since a January peak. Following Tencent’s fourth-quarter results, brokerages including Goldman Sachs, Macquarie and HSBC cut their price targets on Asia’s largest company for the first time in at least a year.

Baidu, the search giant that debuted in the city only on Monday, finished 9.7% lower while Alibaba-rival JD.com Inc. lost 3.6%. Food delivery giant Meituan, which reports 2020 results Friday, shed 1.6%. The losses followed a warning from the Securities and Exchange Commission that it’s taking steps to force accounting firms to let U.S. regulators review the financial audits of overseas companies — the penalty for non-compliance being ejection from exchanges.

That threat worsened sentiment in China’s giant tech sector just as Beijing is widening a crackdown on the country’s largest corporations, fearful of their growing clout after years of relatively unfettered expansion.

“Sentiment got hurt after Chinese technology stocks slumped overnight on Nasdaq,” while local reasons accelerated the selloffs, including a lack of upside surprises in Tencent earnings and worries about government regulation on the sector, said Daniel So, a CMB International analyst.

On Wednesday, Bloomberg News reported China’s government has proposed establishing a joint venture with local technology giants that would oversee the lucrative data they collect from hundreds of millions of consumers. The preliminary plan, which is being led by the People’s Bank of China, would mark a significant escalation in regulators’ attempts to tighten their grip over the country’s internet sector. Tencent executives sought to tamp down the impact of Beijing’s heightened scrutiny after reporting revenue growth that barely met expectations.

“The major reason is still valuation,” said Linus Yip, First Shanghai Securities analyst. “Even after such a big drop, the sector is still not cheap. I don’t think the tech stocks will resume upward trend any time soon. Any bad news will trigger further selloffs, be it Nasdaq plunge or news about China’s regulation.”

 

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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Stock Investors Lose Another N11 Billion on Wednesday

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The Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) extended decline on Wednesday as sentiment remained weak across the Exchange.

Investors exchanged 155,773,059 shares valued at N1.510 billion in 3,256 transactions during the trading hours of Wednesday, in contrast to 184,442,908 shares worth N2.343 billion that exchanged hands in 3,809 transactions on Tuesday.

Market value depreciated by N11 billion to N20.243 trillion on Wednesday, further down from N20.254 trillion it closed on Tuesday. While NGX All-Share Index dipped by 0.05 percent to 38,852.69 index points.

Transcorp Hotel Plc led gainers with N0.45 or 10 percent. Followed by Pharm-Deko Plc’s N0.16 or 9.88 percent gain. See the details below.

Top Gainers

Symbols Last Close Current Change %Change
TRANSCOHOT N 4.50 N 4.95 0.45 10.00 %
PHARMDEKO N 1.62 N 1.78 0.16 9.88 %
CONOIL N 22.35 N 24.55 2.20 9.84 %
CORNERST N 0.49 N 0.53 0.04 8.16 %
NEM N 1.90 N 2.00 0.10 5.26 %

Top Losers 

Symbols Last Close Current Change %Change
VERITASKAP N 0.23 N 0.21 -0.02 -8.70 %
UCAP N 9.00 N 8.55 -0.45 -5.00 %
CHAMS N 0.22 N 0.21 -0.01 -4.55 %
ACCESS N 8.90 N 8.60 -0.30 -3.37 %
JAPAULGOLD N 0.47 N 0.46 -0.01 -2.13 %

Top Trades

Symbols Volume Value
UNIVINSURE 19040500.00 3808100.00
UBA 18778552.00 143097682.80
ZENITHBANK 11757422.00 268830997.45
GTCO 10015581.00 271262745.25
UCAP 8519588.00 74569386.55

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Investors Renewed Confidence In Nigeria’s Economy Leads to Oversubscribed Eurobond

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The Debt Management Office (DMO) revealed that the $3 billion Eurobond offer was heavily oversubscribed, noting that investors were ready to invest $12.2 billion.

Consequently, the government decided to increase its initial offer value from $3billion to $4billion.

According to a statement on Tuesday night by the Debt Management Office (DMO), investors from, Nigeria, Europe, Asia and America demanded $12.2 billion for the notes.

“This exceptional performance has been described as ‘one of the biggest financial trades to come out of Africa in 2021 and an excellent outcome”, said the DMO in a statement.

“The size of the Order Book and the quality of investors demonstrate confidence in Nigeria”, the DMO said.

Nigeria opened its order book for the bond offering on Tuesday, aiming to issue the bond next week, according to a notice to investors.

The country issued the debt in tranches of three tenors.

It raised $1.25 billion for seven years at a yield of 6.125 percent and sold a 12-year bond at 7.375 percent to fetch $1.5 billion. A 30-year tranche of $1.25 billion was sold at 8.25 percent

The government had arranged a two-day call with investors last week and on Monday, with the DMO saying that the bond would be priced following the meetings.

The notice was set for Sept. 28 for the bond settlement, which will be listed on the London and Nigerian Stock Exchanges.

The Eurobonds are part of a government plan to raise 2.343 trillion naira ($5.71 billion) in external financing to help fund spending in 2021 and to partly finance the 5.6 trillion naira deficit.

“The long tenors of the Eurobonds and the spread across different maturities are well aligned with Nigeria’s Debt Management Strategy, 2020 – 2023”, the DMO said.

“Since the Eurobonds were issued as part of the New External Borrowing in the 2021 Appropriation Act, the raising of USD4 billion through Eurobonds provides a significant amount of funds to finance projects in the Act, thus contributing to the implementation of the 2021 Appropriation Act”, it added.

Nigeria picked JPMorgan, Citigroup, Standard Chartered and Goldman Sachs as international bookrunners, and local firm Chapel Hill Denham on the forthcoming Eurobond issue

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Nigeria Opens Order Book For $3B Eurobond

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Nigeria opened the order book for a $3 billion Eurobond offering on Tuesday, aiming to issue the bond next week, according to a notice to investors seen by Reuters.

The country is aiming to issue the debt in tranches of three tenors – a seven-year at a yield of 6.5 percent, a 12-year bond at 7.75 percent and a 30-year at up to 8.625 percent.

The government arranged calls last week and on Monday with global and local investors ahead of the planned issue.

The debt office has said the meetings will precede pricing for the bond to raise up to $3 billion but not more than $6.2 billion.

The notice was set for Sept. 28 for the bond settlement, which will be listed on the London and Nigerian Stock Exchanges.

The Eurobonds are part of a government plan to raise N2.343 trillion ($5.71 billion) in external financing to help fund spending in 2021 and to part finance the N5.6 trillion deficit.

Nigeria picked JPMorgan, Citigroup, Standard Chartered and Goldman Sachs as international bookrunners and local firm Chapel Hill Denham on the forthcoming Eurobond issue.

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