Shares of electric vehicle maker Tesla went up by more than 5% on Monday, making the billionaire Tesla Chief Executive Officer about $12 billion richer.
This came after Musk encouraged employees to reduce the costs of delivery, also amid reports that the automobile company will be kicking off production at its Gigafactory located in Germany within the next few days.
The Tesla stock has been on the move recently, and on Monday it went up by more than 5% to now sit at about $1,137 per share. The automobile company’s shares are depending on the news that the company will begin production at its first factory situated in Europe. The operation of the factory in Germany is a major leap for the company, as it aims to ramp up its production capacity.
A German automobile news site reported that Tesla’s new manufacturing facility in the country is anticipated to be given environmental permits, and will therefore begin production within the next few days.
In the initial plans, production should have begun in the summer of 2021 but construction of the factory was had been held back due to staunch opposition from environmental activists who did not agree with the construction of another factory.
Another reason for the rise in Tesla stock is a memo that CEO Elon Musk sent out to the company employees, where he encouraged them to place their focus on minimizing the cost of deliveries rather than rushing out the orders just to meet sales targets.
The rise in Tesla’s stock on Monday has seen the company’s CEO Elon Musk’s fortune go up by over $12 billion. According to Forbes’ estimates, the billionaire CEO’s net worth has now risen to $295 billion. The richest man in the world saw his worth rise by approximately $12.8 billion.
This year, Tesla’s stock has risen a total of 56% and the automobile company has a market valuation of about $1.14 trillion.
Nigerian Stocks Market Posts Second Decline in 2022
The Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) posted its second decline in 2022 on Thursday as the NGX All-Share Index shed 0.01 percent to close at 44,604.74 index points.
Activity on the Exchange floor was mixed as investors traded 321,753,226 shares worth N3.655 billion in 4,565 transactions during the trading hours of Thursday, against 266,328,204 shares valued at N3.822 billion in 4,502 deals during the trading hours of Wednesday.
Market value of listed equities dipped slightly to N24.032 trillion, down from N24.034 trillion it closed on Wednesday.
Sectorial performance showed the NGX Banking Index gained 7bps on JAIZBANK (+6.06%), STERLNBANK (+0.66%), ETI (+0.58%) and ZENITHBANK (+0.20%). UBN (-1.77%) lost points. While the NGX Consumer Goods Index gained 16bps on INTBREW (+4.04%). Losers were HONYFLOUR (-2.35%) and UNILEVER (-1.49%).
The NGX Oil and Gas and Industrial Indexes closed flat.
The year-to-date return of the Exchange stood at 4.42 percent as 14 stocks closed in the green against a total of 15 stocks that lost points. See the other details below.
|TRANSCORP||N 1.03||N 1.13||0.10||9.71 %|
|CHIPLC||N 0.63||N 0.68||0.05||7.94 %|
|REGALINS||N 0.42||N 0.45||0.03||7.14 %|
|JAIZBANK||N 0.66||N 0.70||0.04||6.06 %|
|INTBREW||N 4.95||N 5.15||0.20||4.04 %|
|NEM||N 4.40||N 3.96||-0.44||-10.00 %|
|CUSTODIAN||N 7.90||N 7.15||-0.75||-9.49 %|
|UACN||N 9.60||N 9.10||-0.50||-5.21 %|
|FTNCOCOA||N 0.39||N 0.37||-0.02||-5.13 %|
|JAPAULGOLD||N 0.45||N 0.43||-0.02||-4.44 %|
Alain Francis Nkontchou Invests Almost N1 Billion in Ecobank
Alain Francis Nkontchou, Chairman and Non-Executive Director of Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, has dumped almost N972,206,546.2 on shares of Ecobank.
The bank disclosed in a statement signed by Madibinet Cisse, Company Secretary and obtained by Investors King.
Alain Nkontchou purchased 131,379,263 shares at an aggregate price of N7.40 a unit between 1 September 2021 and 20 December 2021 from shares offered for sale in the market at the Nigerian Exchange Limited trading office in Lagos Nigeria.
The disclosure is in line with SEC’s new insider dealing declaration ACT to force transparency policy across the Nigerian capital market.
Alain Nkontchou was appointed as Chairman of Ecobank on June 30, 2021. Prior to joining the bank, Alain Nkontchou is the Managing Partner and co-founder of Enko Capital Management LLP, an asset management company based in London and Johannesburg, which focuses on African investment opportunities.
Mr Nkontchou was an advisor at Laurent Perrier champagne, having been a NonExecutive Director from 1999 to 2009. He was Managing Director of Credit Suisse’s Global Macro Trading Group in London between 1995 and 2008 and also at JP Morgan Chase & Co. in the same capacity.
Between 1989 and 1994, he was with Chemical Bank in Paris and New York, where he became Vice- President, Head of Trading and Sales.
Mr Nkontchou has a track record of business success, having generated significant dollar revenues for each of these top tier institutions. He has an MSc in Electrical Engineering from Supélec and P.M. Curie University, Paris, and an MSc in Finance and Accounting from ESCP (Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris).
Jaiz Bank, Unity Bank, Others Lead Stock Gainers on Wednesday
The Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) extended gains on Wednesday on the back of a strong positive close in Jaiz Bank, Academy Press Plc, Unity Bank Plc and others.
Investors transacted 266,328,204 shares worth N3.822 billion in 4,502 deals during the trading hours of Wednesday to push the NGX All-Share Index to 44,608.82 index points, an increase of 1.71 percent. The market value of all listed equities crossed N24 trillion to N24.034 trillion.
The Exchange year-to-date improved to 4.43 percent as 24 stocks closed in the red against 15 stocks lost points.
Sectorial performance showed that the NGX Banking Index gained 39bps on JAIZBANK (+10.00%), UNITYBANK (+8.70%), WEMABANK (+2.30%), UBA (+1.23%), FIDELITYBK (+1.18%) and ZENITHBANK (+0.20%). STERLINGBANK (-1.95%) and ETI (-0.58%) lost points.
Similarly, the NGX Consumer Goods Index gained 14bps on CHAMPION (+3.40%), GUINNESS (+2.93%), and PZ (+2.14%). HONYFLOUR (-2.86%) lost points.
The NGX Oil and Gas Index gained 137bps on SEPLAT (+2.99%) and ETERNA (+0.72%). CONOIL (-3.18%) lost points. While the NGX Industrial index gained 306bps on DANGCEM (+6.18%).
|JAIZBANK||N 0.60||N 0.66||0.06||10.00 %|
|ACADEMY||N 0.60||N 0.66||0.06||10.00 %|
|UNITYBNK||N 0.46||N 0.50||0.04||8.70 %|
|SOVRENINS||N 0.24||N 0.26||0.02||8.33 %|
|MBENEFIT||N 0.27||N 0.29||0.02||7.41 %|
|CHIPLC||N 0.69||N 0.63||-0.06||-8.70 %|
|REGALINS||N 0.46||N 0.42||-0.04||-8.70 %|
|SUNUASSUR||N 0.37||N 0.34||-0.03||-8.11 %|
|AIICO||N 0.81||N 0.78||-0.03||-3.70 %|
|NEIMETH||N 1.86||N 1.80||-0.06||-3.23 %|
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