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Total Market Cap of China’s Stock Market Jumped by 33% YoY to $12.4T, the Highest Value in Country’s History



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The year 2020 was a fantastic year for stock trading in China, with the total market cap of the country’s stock markets reaching an all-time.

According to data presented by TradingPlatforms, the combined market cap of China’s stock market jumped by 33% year-over-year to 79.7 trillion yuan or $12.4trn in 2020, the highest value in the country’s history.

Market Cap Surged by 83% in Two Years

Over the last four decades, China has experienced an incredible growth rate. Along with impressive economic achievements, the country also witnessed the rapid development of its financial system.

Nevertheless, China’s financial reform is still in process in many directions, developing domestic financial markets, promoting bond and equity markets, liberalizing exchange rates and capital accounts, and improving financial regulation.

One crucial aspect of the financial market development strategy in the country was the fostering of innovation. In recent years, China had the problem that upcoming domestic tech companies preferred to list on overseas stock markets. So, Shanghai Stock Exchange and Shenzhen Stock Exchange, as the two major stock exchanges in Mainland China, established boards with more lenient listing requirements, allowing even startups that had not yet turned a profit to gain access to the financial market.

As a result, the market capitalization of the country’s stock market increased significantly. Between 2014 and 2017, the market cap of China’s stock market jumped by 52%, reaching 56.7 trillion yuan or $8.8trn that year, revealed the China Securities Regulatory Commission data.

After a drop to $6.7trn in 2018, the market cap jumped by 37% YoY to $9.2trn in 2019. However, statistics show that last year witnessed the biggest annual growth, with China’s stock market reaching $12.4trn value, an impressive 83% increase in two years.

Trade Revenue Surged by 62% in a Year

Mainland China has two major stock exchanges. The first one is the Shanghai Stock Exchange that consists of the Main Board and the Star Market. The companies listed on the Main Board are mature and established in their industries, while the Star Market targets innovative startups.

The other major stock exchange is the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, separated into three boards, the Main Board, the SME Board and ChiNext Market.

Besides impressive growth of total market capitalization, China’s stock markets also witnessed a surge in trade revenue last year. In 2020, China’s stock market generated a revenue of over 206 trillion yuan or nearly $32trn, a massive 62% increase in a year. Still, this was 12% less than the trade revenue generated in 2015, as the record year in the country’s history.

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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$4 Billion Eurobond to Deepen External Reserves, Build Confidence in Medium-term – Ecobank CEO



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The Cheif Executive Officer and Managing Director of Ecobnak Nigeria, Patrick Akinwuntan, has said the recent $4 billion Eurobond issued by the Federal Government of Nigeria will deepen external reserves and allows more confidence in the medium-term planning in the private sector.

Akinwuntan, who was assessing the global market as Nigeria announced its multibillion dollar Eurobond offering, during an interview on Arise TV in Lagos, said such loans would give a fresh breath to the economy because when the country takes on Euro bond that portion is reduced from its financing or public sector debt.

He advised those approaching the international debt market to have clarity of purpose and state their strengths and weaknesses.

Akinwuntan said the economy is showing strong trends owing to investments in infrastructure such as road and rail transportation, which is giving a lot of positive impact to the economy, adding that the private sector is also making improvements in power sector, telecoms, and information technology.

He said: “In the last two quarters, we have seen the global market rebounding from the very deep end of the COVID-19 that plagued 2020. We have seen, since the arrival of vaccines, the gradual opening of the global economy such that there is much more optimism in the market because we have learnt that shutting down the economy is not the best way to handle an epidemic and we have seen support from sovereigns, ensuring that there is steady growth within the various economies; supply chain has opened and we have seen in sub-Sahara Africa renewed interest in the Eurobond market in the international debt market. We have seen Benin republic, Ghana, Cote d’ivoire and Kenya all are approaching the market with significant success.

“Over subscription in each of them ranges from 200 per cent to 300 per cent and an all-high in Kenya close to 600 per cent or six times over subscription. This is a positive period for major economies like Nigeria, which is the lead economy in Africa, to take advantage and invite the global community to hear our story, invest in us and get good returns.”

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Nigerian Stock Exchange

Equity Investors Gain N10 Billion Last Week



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Investors at the Nigerian Exchange Limited gained N10 billion last week despite losing for three consecutive days.

Investors traded 1.290 billion shares worth N13.921 billion in 16,745 deals on the floor of the Exchange, in contrast to a total of 856.289 million shares valued at N10.752 billion that exchanged hands in 15,663 transactions in the previous week.

In terms of volume traded, the Financial Services Industry led the activity chart with 978.172 million shares valued at N8.300 billion traded in 8,716 deals. Therefore, contributing 75.80 percent and 59.62 percent to the total equity turnover volume and value respectively.

The Consumer Goods Industry followed with 62.006 million shares worth N1.187 billion in 2,546 deals. In the third place
was Conglomerates Industry, with a turnover of 49.055 million shares worth N126.288 million in 589 deals.

FBN Holdings Plc, United Bank For Africa Plc and Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc were the three most traded equities, accounting for a combined 626.958 million shares worth N5.766 billion in 2,526 transactions and contributed 48.58 percent and 41.42 percent to the total equity turnover volume and value, respectively.

The NGX All-Share Index appreciated by 18.41 index points or 0.05 percent from 38,943.87 index points recorded in the previous week to 38,962.28 index point last week. Market Capitalization also appreciated by 0.05 percent or N10 billion to close N20.300 trillion, up from N20.290 trillion.

Similarly, all other indices finished higher with the exception of NGX 30, NGX CG, NGX Banking, NGX Pension, NGX-AFR Bank Value, NGX AFR Div Yield, NGX MERI Value and NGX Consumer Goods indices which depreciated by 0.04 percent, 0.36 percent, 0.43 percent, 0.05 percent, 0.72 percent, 0.50 percent, 0.75 percent and 0.04 percent, respectively. While the NGX ASeM, NGX Growth and NGX Sovereign Bond Indices closed flat.

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MTN Nigeria to Raise N89.9 Billion Via Bond Issuance



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MTN Nigeria Communications Plc (MTN Nigeria) has announced plancs to raise another N89.999 billion through bond issuance under its N200 billion registered shelf programme.

The telecommunications giant stated in a note to the Nigerian Exchange Limited and investing public.

MTN Nigeria said “an application has been submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for the clearance of transaction documents for MTN Nigeria’s proposed bond issuance valued at N89,999,000,000; Series 2 of the N200,000,000,000 registered shelf programme.”

The telecom company had successfully raised N110,001,000,000 through Series 1 bond in the month of May 2021.

However, it said the final decision on the launch of the Series 2 bond will be taken once all regulatory approvals are obtained, and the investing public will be duly notified.

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