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Cititrust Financial Services Plans Listing On Nigerian Stock Exchange in Q2

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Cititrust Financial Services, an investment firm, has said it has perfected arrangements to list by introduction on the Nigerian Stock Exchange before the end of the second quarter.

It also said it would make quality and significant contribution towards the growth of the economy, especially in the Small and Medium Scale Enterprises sub-sector.

A statement titled ‘Cititrust Financial Services affirms its support to SMEs in Nigeria’ on Sunday said this was despite the challenging economic and regulatory landscape.

The Country Chief Executive Officer, Cititrust Financial Services, Mr Ikechukwu Peter, said that the company’s decision to list on the exchange was to make its shares available to more Nigerians and to raise capital.

According to him, SMEs accounted for the majority of businesses worldwide and were significant contributors to job creation and global economic development.

He stated, “Also, they represent about 90 per cent of businesses and more than 50 per cent of employment worldwide.

“It is equally on record that formal SMEs contribute up to 40 per cent of Gross Domestic Product in emerging economies.”

Following the belief that creating avenues for business improvement, profitability and sustainability was important to the growth and advancement of any nation, Cititrust Financial Services assured it would unlock several opportunities for SMEs to thrive, he stated.

On growing the business, he said the company would also grow its balance sheet size of N36bn by 50 per cent before the end of 2021.

“We are also looking at growing our lending powers; we have a risk asset portfolio of about N12bn. We are also looking at growing that by another 50 per cent incrementally by the end of this year,” he said.

He said that the company was also making plans to migrate Living Trust Mortgage Bank from a state licensed mortgage bank to a national mortgage bank.

Peter said, “We are coming up with a programme through our Cititrust Academy on April 15, where people can learn the basics of business and be able to impact their operational lives as they move on.”

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Stock Market Rises by N398 Billion Last Week as Investors Target Key Sectors

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In a holiday-shortened trading week ending on Friday, June 14, Nigeria’s equities market saw a notable increase, rising by 0.71% or N398 billion.

This boost came as investors focused their buying on key sectors such as oil & gas, banking, insurance, and consumer goods.

The Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) All-Share Index (ASI) increased from the previous week’s 99,221.14 points to 99,925.29 points, while the Market Capitalisation rose from N56.128 trillion to N56.526 trillion.

This surge pushed the year-to-date (YtD) return higher to 33.64%, with a month-to-date (MtD) increase of 0.62%.

Leading the sector gains was the NGX Oil & Gas Index, which jumped by 5.28%, reflecting robust investor interest in the sector.

The NGX Banking Index followed with a 3.63% rise, demonstrating confidence in the financial sector.

Similarly, the NGX Insurance Index climbed by 3.42%, and the NGX Consumer Goods Index saw a 1.05% increase. The NGX Industrial Index also edged up slightly by 0.27%.

This upward movement in the stock market comes amid a backdrop of cautious optimism.

The holiday-shortened trading week provided a condensed period for trading, yet investors were keen to seize opportunities, particularly in sectors that have shown resilience and potential for growth.

Analysts suggest that the targeted investments in these key sectors indicate a strategic approach by investors to balance portfolios and capitalize on sectors poised for growth.

The oil & gas sector, in particular, has been buoyed by fluctuating global oil prices and local policies aimed at boosting production and refining capacity.

The banking sector’s performance reflects ongoing reforms and the potential for increased financial activities as the economy continues to stabilize.

The rise in the stock market is a positive signal for Nigeria’s economic outlook, indicating renewed investor confidence.

However, experts caution that sustained growth will depend on continued economic reforms, political stability, and global market conditions.

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Equity Market Rebounds by N144bn, Led by Nigerian Breweries and NEM Insurance

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The Nigerian equity market surged by N144 billion on Thursday, largely on the strong performances of key players like Nigerian Breweries and NEM Insurance.

This recovery comes after the market experienced a dip earlier in the week.

The market indices closed with the All Share Index (ASI) rising by 0.2% to settle at 99,832.25 points, while market capitalization increased to N56.47 trillion.

Despite lower trading volumes and values compared to previous sessions, the market saw increased activity in terms of the number of deals, which rose by 20% to 9,686.

Market Activity and Performance

Trading on Thursday resumed following the Democracy Day holiday, with 502.6 million shares exchanged in various deals valued at N8.65 billion.

The bullish trend was evident with 30 gainers outnumbering 18 losers, highlighting the positive sentiment that dominated trading.

Top Gainers and Losers

Nigerian Breweries emerged as a top performer with a significant 10% increase in its share price to close at N31.90. Unity Bank followed closely with a 9.91% gain, closing at N1.22 per share, while NEM Insurance recorded a 9.77% increase, ending the trading session at N9.55 per share.

Conversely, Ecobank Transnational led the losers’ chart with a 9.92% decline, closing at N21.35 per share. Daar Communications and C&I Leasing also experienced losses, shedding 8.77% and 7.14% respectively.

Trading Insights

Zenith Bank emerged as the most traded stock by volume, with 71.2 million shares exchanged, followed by AIICO Insurance with 67.3 million shares and Access Holdings with 58.5 million shares.

The trading activities were spread across various sectors, with notable gains observed in the insurance, banking, pension, and consumer goods industries.

Market Outlook

The rebound in the equity market reflects renewed investor confidence following recent downturns. Analysts anticipate continued volatility amid global economic uncertainties but remain optimistic about the resilience of Nigerian stocks in the long term.

Overall, the market’s recovery by N144 billion underscores the dynamism of Nigeria’s financial landscape and the strategic positioning of key market players like Nigerian Breweries and NEM Insurance in driving positive market sentiment and performance.

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Nigerian Equity Market Sees N92.32bn Loss Amid Declines in Key Stocks

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The Nigerian equity market experienced a significant downturn on Tuesday, losing N92.32 billion in market value.

This decline was largely driven by drops in the share prices of key companies, including National Salt Company, Thomas Wyatt Nigeria, and May and Baker Nigeria.

The market capitalisation and the All-Share Index (ASI) decreased by 0.16 per cent, closing at N56.36 trillion and 99,630.51 points, respectively. This downturn affected the year-to-date return, which fell from 33.5 per cent to 33.24 per cent.

Despite the overall market decline, market breadth remained positive, with 29 stocks advancing against 19 that declined, across 8,064 deals. This indicates a mixed sentiment among investors, with some stocks seeing substantial gains.

Key Gainers and Losers

Total Nigeria led the list of gainers with a 9.98 percent increase to close at N388.90. Presco followed closely with a 9.97 percent rise to N323.30, and UPDC leveraged a 9.92 percent gain to end the day at N1.33.

Conversely, National Salt Company recorded a significant drop of 9.91 percent to close at N36.80. Thomas Wyatt Nigeria saw a 9.66 percent decrease to N1.59, and May and Baker Nigeria fell by 7.13 percent to close at N5.60.

Trading Volume Leaders

In terms of trading volume, Fidelity Bank led the market with 293.18 million shares exchanged in 340 deals. Nigerian Breweries followed, trading 101.584 million shares in 145 deals, reflecting strong investor interest in these companies.

Market Dynamics

The losses come on the heels of a robust performance on Monday, where the equity market gained N323 billion, buoyed by appreciations in stocks like Flour Mills Nigeria, Total Nigeria, and Access Holding.

The contrasting performance over two consecutive days underscores the volatility in the market.

Investor Sentiment

The decline in the equity market highlights the fluctuating investor sentiment influenced by various macroeconomic factors and corporate performance. Despite the losses, the positive market breadth indicates underlying resilience, as a larger number of stocks posted gains than losses.

Economic Context

The broader economic environment continues to pose challenges, with inflationary pressures and currency devaluation impacting investor confidence. However, strategic moves by companies and expectations of economic reforms provide some optimism for market recovery.

Outlook

Analysts suggest that the market could see further fluctuations in the short term, with investor focus likely to remain on corporate earnings reports and economic policy developments. The ability of companies to navigate the current economic landscape will be crucial in determining future market performance.

As the market adjusts to these dynamics, stakeholders remain hopeful that strategic investments and economic reforms will foster a more stable and growth-oriented environment for the Nigerian equity market.

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