Many vigilante investors who are being pulled into the social media frenzy to buy stocks could end up “financially burned”, warns the CEO of one of the world’s largest financial advisory and fintech organizations.
The warning from Nigel Green, the chief executive and founder of deVere Group, comes after shares of AMC jumped almost 40% Thursday as investors on the popular Reddit WallStreetBets board were once again pushing the stock in a bid to hurt short-sellers who have bet against the theater operator.
It follows similar moves that started in January when activist investors on Reddit pumped other out-of-favor firms including GameStop and BlackBerry.
Mr Green says: “There’s a certain vigilante mindset amongst those traders being drawn into this social-media frenzy to pump certain stocks.
“They seem to believe they’re in a David and Goliath-style battle against Wall Street and, judging by some of the comments on the forum, it appears kind of personal.
“They’re behaving like activists, not investors. Frankly, those pushing these stocks don’t seem to care about it going up – instead they’re out to destroy the sellers.”
He continues: “Heightened emotions, hype and hysteria and investing are rarely good bedfellows. I can’t help but think this is likely to end in tears for many activist traders.”
These forums have tapped typically inexperienced, younger people who might not necessarily have “the financial resources to be resilient against usually highly speculative and volatile investments” says Mr Green.
“Extreme caution should be exercised before joining stock frenzies of this nature. The valuations can be expected to be wild – in both directions – and there’s a legitimate risk that novice investors could face a financial hit.”
Previously he has warned: “I would avoid piling into stocks pumped by social media influencers.
“If you do want the thrill or novelty of chasing big gains, you really should ensure that you have a sound, diversified, long-term plan beforehand.
“There’s a major difference between investing and gambling.”
The deVere CEO concludes: “This kind of speculative day trading is becoming a global phenomenon. I don’t think this is a fad.
“However, in order to create, grow and safeguard wealth consistently to reach your long-term goals – which for most people is financial security and freedom – there’s no substitute for independent, professional, personal advice.
“Balanced advice should be at the heart of the decision-making process – and then proceed as you wish.”
Stock Investors Gained N25 Billion on Wednesday
Investors that invested in the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) gained N25 billion on Wednesday as more stocks closed in the green.
Investors traded 141,407,914 shares valued at N2.973 billion in 3,079 transactions during the trading hours of Wednesday, contrast to 228,479,010 shares valued at N1.879 billion that exchanged hands in 3,376 deals on Tuesday.
Market value grew by N25 billion from N20.278 trillion it closed on Tuesday to N20.303 trillion on Wednesday, while the NGX All-Share Index appreciated by 0.12 percent to 38,968.34 index points, up from 38,920.5 index points.
UPDC Plc led gainers for second consecutive day with N0.16 or 9.64 percent to close at N1.82 per share. While N Nig. Flour Mills Plc followed with N0.70 or 9.59 percent to settle at N8 a unit. See the details below.
|UPDC||N 1.66||N 1.82||0.16||9.64 %|
|NNFM||N 7.30||N 8.00||0.70||9.59 %|
|OANDO||N 4.35||N 4.62||0.27||6.21 %|
|LEARNAFRCA||N 1.36||N 1.44||0.08||5.88 %|
|HONYFLOUR||N 3.92||N 4.07||0.15||3.83 %|
|TRANSCOHOT||N 5.00||N 4.50||-0.50||-10.00 %|
|CHIPLC||N 0.53||N 0.48||-0.05||-9.43 %|
|PRESTIGE||N 0.48||N 0.44||-0.04||-8.33 %|
|CHAMPION||N 2.08||N 1.91||-0.17||-8.17 %|
|LASACO||N 1.30||N 1.20||-0.10||-7.69 %|
Investors Oversubscribed for Access Bank US$500 Million Senior Unsecured Eurobond
Access Bank Plc strong financial position has continued to attract global investors to the bank’s financial instruments despite the ongoing global challenges and limitations.
Investors oversubscribed for the bank’s $500 million Senior Unsecured Eurobond issued under Access Bank’s $1.5 billion Global Medium-Term Note Programme. The lender offering received over three times oversubscribed orderbook of over $1.6 billion, the largest orderbook for a Nigerian bank Eurobond.
According to a statement signed by Sunday Ekwochi, the bank’s secretary and seen by Investors King the fund will help enhance the capacity of the Bank to support its general banking process and provide medium term funding for the lender.
The Senior Eurobond is a 5-year unsecured note (144A/RegS) is listed on London Stock Exchange and it will mature in September 2026 with a yield and coupon rate of 6.12 percent. The interest is payable semi-annually in arrears.
Speaking on the success of the Eurobond, Herbert Wigwe, Group Managing Director, said: “At Access Bank we remain committed to our vision to become the World’s Most Respected African Bank and Africa’s Gateway to the World. The success of our USS500 milion Senior Unsecured Eurobond is yet another stride towards the realisation of that vision and underscores our investors confidence in the Access Bank story. We are pleased with the diversity of the order book and the success of this issuance further strengthens our resolve to deliver on our strategic objectives”.
Absa, Barclays Bank, JP Morgan and Standard Chartered acted as Joint Bookrunners on the transaction; and Chapel Hll Denham and Rand Merchant Bank acted as Financial Advisors and Joint Bookrunners.
Nigerian Exchange Limited Closes Slightly in Green on Tuesday Following Weeks of Bearish Trend
The Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) rebounded slightly from bearish trends on Tuesday as investors gained N2 billion after weeks of trading in the red.
Market value of all stocks rose to N20.278 trillion on Tuesday, up by N2 billion from N20.276 trillion recorded on Monday. While the NGX All-Share Index gained 0.01 to close at 38,920.5 index points from 38,915.62 index points it settled on Monday.
Investors transacted 228,479,010 shares valued at N1.879 billion in 3,376 deals during the trading hours of Tuesday, against 201,103,282 shares worth N2.526 billion that exchanged hands in 3,340 transactions on Monday.
UPDC Plc led gainers with N0.15 or 9.93 percent to close the day at N1.66 a share while Academy Press Plc followed with N0.03 or 8.33 gain to settle at N0.39 a unit.
Investors renewed interest in Wema Bank as a total of 46,760,667.00 shares valued at N35,973,004.78 were traded during on Tuesday. Access Bank came second with 28239839.00 shares worth N263,494,888.05
|UPDC||N 1.51||N 1.66||0.15||9.93 %|
|ACADEMY||N 0.36||N 0.39||0.03||8.33 %|
|COURTVILLE||N 0.27||N 0.29||0.02||7.41 %|
|VITAFOAM||N 16.75||N 17.40||0.65||3.88 %|
|LIVESTOCK||N 2.08||N 2.14||0.06||2.88 %|
|SOVRENINS||N 0.27||N 0.25||-0.02||-7.41 %|
|UPL||N 1.09||N 1.02||-0.07||-6.42 %|
|REGALINS||N 0.48||N 0.45||-0.03||-6.25 %|
|UACN||N 10.30||N 9.80||-0.50||-4.85 %|
|CHAMS||N 0.22||N 0.21||-0.01||-4.55 %|
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