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MTN Nigeria Surpasses Airtel, Becomes Most Capitalized Stock on NGX

MTN Nigeria Plc topples Airtel Africa, and Dangote Group to emerge as the most valuable listed company in Nigeria

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MTN Nigeria Plc has surpassed its counterpart, Airtel Africa as it becomes the most capitalized stock on the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX).

The Telecom giant took the leading spot with a N63 billion margin to close at N5.32 trillion market capitalisation, while Airtel Africa’s market valuation stood at N5.2 trillion.

Prior to this, Airtel was at the top spot in the 1st quarter of the year, with a market value of N4.34 trillion, surpassing MTN Nigeria and Dangote Group.

It was the blooming season for Airtel Africa – the business began trading on the NGX with a market capitalization of N3.94 trillion, increasing by N394.605 billion to close at N4.34 trillion, reordering 10%.

In addition, Airtel’s stock rose to N1155.50 per share, up from N1050.50. Its stock price increased by N105 or 10%.

Recall that Investors King reported the leading companies’ statistics for the year,  giving further insight with the formula table of activities and profits!

MTN Nigeria Plc ended the week on a high note, with its share price rising 15% from N227.50 to N261.60 per share, up from N227.50 the week before. During the week, this raised the company’s market cap by N694 billion.

Investors’ optimistic feelings generated buy-interests in the company’s shares, resulting in a market capitalization increase of N694 billion at the closing of trading on the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

The NGX Premium Board Index, which the company’s shares trade under, rose 3.83 percent this week from 5,097.38 points to 5,292.40 points, owing to the increase in the company’s market capitalization.

MTN N had reported a profit of N97 billion in the first quarter of 2022. This represents a massive 31.28 percent growth over the N74 million in the same period of 2021.

Furthermore, MTN declared a N8.57 kobo reward for FY 2021, which was paid on April 28, 2022, while profitability for the first quarter of 2022 was N4.76, up 31.49 percent from N3.62 in the first period of 2021.

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Stocks Rise Slightly in Nigeria’s Equities Market with Julius Berger and Livestock Feeds in the Spotlight

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Nigeria’s equities gained modestly at the start of the week as investor enthusiasm pushed stock prices slightly higher.

The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NGX) All-Share Index climbed by 0.03% or N16 billion, buoyed by notable gains in shares of key companies including Julius Berger, Livestock Feeds, and Neimeth.

Julius Berger saw the most significant increase, with its share price rising from N87.50 to N92.50, a gain of N5 or 5.71%.

This surge reflects growing investor confidence in the construction sector, despite broader market uncertainties.

Livestock Feeds also performed strongly, with its stock price climbing from N2.20 to N2.38, marking an 8.18% increase.

Neimeth Pharmaceuticals followed suit, with its shares rallying from N1.74 to N1.88, up by 8.05%.

Market analysts attribute the market’s cautious optimism to a combination of factors, including upcoming corporate earnings releases and potential dividend declarations.

Futureview Research noted that while the market showed a positive trajectory, investor sentiment might be tempered by increased regulatory scrutiny on banking stocks and anticipation of the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting.

“We expect a mixed market close this week,” said Futureview Research in their July 22 note. “Cautious trading in banking stocks is anticipated amid increased regulatory oversight, while investor focus is likely to shift towards the bond Primary Market Auction (PMA). This could dampen overall market sentiment.”

Despite the modest gains, analysts are cautious about the short-term outlook. Meristem analysts highlighted that while some stocks have shown positive movement, the broader market could face challenges.

“We anticipate increased activity in equities this week, driven by buying interest in fundamentally strong stocks. However, uncertainty surrounding the MPC’s decisions and potential impacts from the bond and T-bills auction could influence market dynamics,” they noted.

The NGX All-Share Index rose from the previous day’s 100,539.40 points to 100,568.63 points, while the market capitalization increased from N56.929 trillion to N56.945 trillion.

In a total of 8,760 transactions, investors exchanged 335,704,787 shares valued at N3.717 billion.

Trading activity also highlighted the popularity of stocks such as Ellah Lakes, Universal Insurance, United Capital, Veritas Kapital Assurance, and FCMB Group. These stocks saw active trading as investors navigated the market’s current landscape.

As the week progresses, all eyes will be on the MPC meeting, where key decisions regarding interest rates and monetary policy will be announced.

The outcome is expected to play a significant role in shaping investor sentiment and market direction in the coming weeks.

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Nigerian Stock Market Surges with N512bn Gain Amid Active Trading

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The Nigerian equity rebounded last week as investors pocketed a N512 billion gain on the back of the surge in trading activity.

This surge reflects an active trading environment and positive investor sentiment despite some sectoral declines.

The market capitalization of the Nigerian Exchange Limited rose by 0.87 percent to N56.929 trillion, while the All-Share Index (ASI) climbed 0.86 percent to close at 100,539.40 points.

The rise was driven by a notable increase in the prices of 37 stocks, outpacing the 34 stocks that experienced a price decline over the same period.

In total, investors traded 2.827 billion shares valued at N42.366 billion across 44,277 deals. This marks a slight increase from the previous week’s turnover of 2.765 billion shares worth N85.230 billion in 40,796 deals, indicating a vibrant trading environment.

The Financial Services Industry led the trading volume, contributing 77.08 percent to the overall stock turnover volume and 72.38 percent to the value.

Within this sector, Jaiz Bank Plc, Cutix Plc, and First City Monument Bank Group emerged as the top three equities by volume, accounting for 1.140 billion shares valued at N4.632 billion.

This strong performance underscores the sector’s pivotal role in the market’s recent gains.

The Industrial Goods Industry followed, with 246.921 million shares worth N2.039 billion traded in 2,068 deals, while the Oil and Gas Industry recorded a turnover of 107.218 million shares worth N1.704 billion across 3,128 transactions.

Despite the overall positive performance, several indices saw declines.

The Banking, Insurance, Consumer Goods, Oil and Gas, and NGX Sovereign Bond indices depreciated by 0.05 percent, 4.86 percent, 0.20 percent, 0.10 percent, and 4.35 percent, respectively.

Looking ahead, analysts suggest that the market may face a mildly negative close next week, influenced by cautious trading, especially in the banking sector, amid increased scrutiny.

Also, the Nigerian Stock Exchange has recently delisted the shares of Niger Insurance Plc, Resort Savings and Loans Plc, and RAK Unity Petroleum Plc effective July 18, 2024.

This action, in accordance with Clause 15 of the General Undertaking of the Exchange’s Rule Book, follows the companies’ failure to meet listing standards and reflects a broader effort to ensure market integrity.

Overall, last week’s performance highlights the Nigerian stock market’s resilience and growing investor confidence, even as it navigates sectoral challenges and regulatory changes.

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NGX Rebounds with N263bn Gain as Small and Mid-Cap Stocks Surge

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The Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) recovered on Thursday amid the surge in strong investor demand for small and mid-cap stocks.

The market capitalisation rose by N263 billion to N56.91 trillion.

The All-Share Index climbed by 0.47%, closing at 100,503.21 points, reflecting a solid buying interest across various sectors.

Despite the market’s overall positive performance, trading activity was subdued with a 64.3% decrease in average daily volume to 392.8 million units.

However, the number of deals increased by 3.4% to 9,013, while the traded value declined by 17.3% to N8.33 billion.

Guaranty Trust Holding Company led the volume trades, with 39.75 million shares worth N1.80 billion across 663 deals.

Meanwhile, Airtel Africa dominated in value, with trades worth N2.25 billion in just 34 transactions.

Sector performance was mixed. Gains were recorded in the oil and gas, consumer goods, and industrial goods sectors, rising by 0.19%, 0.07%, and 0.01%, respectively.

Notable stocks included Airtel Africa, Eterna Plc, Oando, and NASCON Allied Industries.

Conversely, the insurance and banking sectors faced losses, declining by 2.35% and 2.28%.

Top gainers of the day were United Capital, Oando, and Africa Prudential, while Linkage Assurance and Veritas Kapital led the decliners.

This rebound highlights investor confidence in Nigeria’s equities market, with opportunities emerging in small and mid-cap stocks.

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