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Financial Services Stocks Plunge, Dragging Local Bourse by N257bn Last Week

Ecobank Nigeria and FBN Holdings Engaged in Dispute Over Acquisition as Market Capitalization Shrinks



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The Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) closed in the red last week as stocks of FBN Holdings Plc, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, and other financial services stocks plummeted.

The market capitalisation of all the listed equities declined by N257 billion to N34.069 trillion while the All-Share Index shed 470.68 base points or 0.75 percent settled at 62,569.73.

The spotlight of the week fell on Ecobank Nigeria Limited and FBN Holdings, who found themselves entangled in a dispute over the recent acquisition of FBN Holdings shares by an entity associated with renowned businessman Oba Otudeko, the former chairman of FBN Holdings.

The disagreement reportedly revolves around an alleged unsettled debt of N13.5 billion. This confrontation added to the existing market uncertainties and cast a shadow over the financial sector’s future.

Unfortunately, last week’s performance showcased a downward trend in most indices, with the NGX Oil and Gas, NGX Lotus II, and NGX Industrial Goods Indices being the only exceptions as they appreciated by 1.43 percent, 0.72 percent, and an impressive 9.01 percent, respectively.

On the other hand, the NGX ASeM and NGX Sovereign Bond Indices ended the week unchanged.

The volume of stocks traded witnessed a significant decline of 46.64 percent, as investors navigated a total of 5.246 billion shares valued at N63.417 billion in 57,234 deals, compared to the previous week’s figures of 9.831 billion shares valued at N145.408 billion in 54,478 deals.

This substantial drop in trading activity further emphasized the cautious approach adopted by market participants.

Analyzing the equity turnover by industry, the Financial Services Industry dominated both the volume and value categories. With 3.494 billion shares worth N38.032 billion traded in 28,633 deals, this sector contributed 66.60 percent and 59.97 percent to the total equity turnover volume and value, respectively.

The Conglomerates Industry followed with 451.410 million shares worth N2.186 billion in 3,147 deals, while the ICT Industry recorded a turnover of 332.705 million shares worth N5.638 billion in 4,207 deals.

The top three equities by volume were United Bank for Africa, Transnational Corporation Plc, and FBN Holdings Plc. The three accounted for a combined 1.222 billion shares worth N15.523 billion in 8,260 deals and contributed 23.28 percent and 24.48 percent to the total equity turnover volume and value, respectively.

The gainers’ table during the week was topped by Daar Communications, whose shares surged by an impressive 50 percent to close at N0.30. This was followed closely by John Holt with a gain of 44.80 percent to close the week at N1.81.

Nascon Allied Industries Plc witnessed a rise of 22.49 percent, closing at N28.05, driven by the anticipation of an impending merger with Dangote Sugar Refinery and Dangote Rice.

However, the financial services sector dominated the losers’ table, with FBN Holdings experiencing a significant dip of 22.17 percent, closing at N15.80.

Ecobank’s stocks followed suit, losing 23.03 percent to close at N12.70. Wema Bank saw its share value decline by 25.55 percent, closing at N4.05, while Sterling Holdco dropped by 25.42 percent to close at N3.11.

Fidelity Bank also suffered, with its stocks witnessing a dip of 24.97 percent, closing at N6.70. In addition, Access Holdings saw its shares depreciate by 20.27 percent, closing at N14.95, despite reports of expansion plans across several African countries.

With last week’s market performance leaving investors concerned, market participants will closely monitor the resolution of the Ecobank Nigeria and FBN Holdings dispute, as well as the overall stability and resilience of the financial services sector in the coming weeks.

Is the CEO/Founder of Investors King Limited. A proven foreign exchange research analyst and a published author on Yahoo Finance, Nasdaq,, Investorplace, and many more. He has over two decades of experience in global financial markets.

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Dr. Yemi Cardoso’s Nomination Boosts Confidence as Stock Investors Gained N264 Billion



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The bullish momentum in the Nigerian Exchange Limited continued on Tuesday as investors pocketed N264 billion in profit following Monday’s gains of N263 billion.

Both the market capitalization and the All-Share Index, which gauge the movement of share prices for all listed companies surged by 0.71 percent to N37.413 trillion and 68,359.22 points, respectively.

This optimistic trading trend emerges as investors increasingly show confidence in the local market and the broader economy, fueled in part by the news of Dr. Yemi Cardoso’s nomination as the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

As Tuesday’s session drew to a close, the volume of shares traded experienced a significant uptick of 31.33 percent to 676.74 million. However, the number of deals declined by 8.35 percent to 7,659 while the total trade value decreased by 33.97 percent to N5.89 billion.

Market sentiments also leaned towards the bullish side, with 36 gainers outpacing the 27 losers.

Among the top-performing stocks that caught the attention of investors were:

  • Berger Paints Plc, which surged by 9.95 percent to conclude the trading day at N11.60.
  • Oando Plc, which recently released its audited results for 2021, saw a 9.92 percent increase, closing at N13.30.
  • BUA Foods, which gained 6.32 percent to close at N196.70.
  • PZ’s shares appreciated by 1.45 percent per unit, ending at N20.
  • GTCO Plc stock increased in value by 0.43 percent, closing at N35.40.

On the flip side, the top losers included:

  • SCOA Plc, witnessing a 10 percent depreciation in its shares, closing at N1.24.
  • Unilever’s shares recorded an 8.28 percent drop, concluding at N13.30.
  • United Bank for Africa Plc, which lost 1.96 percent in share value, closing at N17.50.
  • FBN Holdings Plc, suffering a 1.69 percent decline, closing at N17.40.
  • Accesscorp’s shares depreciated by 0.29 percent, closing trading at N17.40.

The Nigerian Exchange continues to display its resilience and attractiveness to investors, making it an exciting space to watch for potential opportunities and market trends.

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Nigerian Stock Market Sheds N409 Billion Last Week



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Investors in the Nigerian stock market lost N409 billion last week after weeks of bullish run following President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s economic restructuring.

During the week, investors traded 2.933 billion shares worth N47.449 billion in 44,654 deals against a total of 2.644 billion shares valued at N45.450 billion that exchanged hands in 44,189 deals in the previous week.

The Financial Services Industry led the activity chart with 1.955 billion shares valued at N26.384 billion that were traded in 21,707 deals. Therefore, contributing 66.67% and 55.61% to the total equity turnover volume and value, respectively.

The Oil and Gas Industry followed with 281.356 million shares worth N5.307 billion that exchanged hands in 4,423 deals. In third place was the Conglomerates Industry, with a turnover of 280.586 million shares worth N1.763 billion in 3,079 deals.

United Bank for Africa Plc, Transnational Corporation Plc and Access Holdings Plc were the three most traded equities in the week. The three accounted for 1.026 billion shares worth N13.649 billion that were transacted in 9,733 deals and contributed 34.98% and 28.77% to the total equity turnover volume and value respectively.

The NGX All-Share Index declined by 1.10% to close the week at 67,395.74 index points from 68,143.34 index points reported in the previous week while market capitalization depreciated by the same 1.10% or N409 billion to close the week at N36.886 trillion.

Similarly, all other indices finished lower with the exception of NGX Insurance, NGX MERI Growth and NGX Growth which appreciated by 0.46%, 0.55% and 4.15% respectively while the NGX ASeM index closed flat.

Thirty-two equities appreciated in price during the week lower than fifty-two equities in the previous week. Fifty-three equities depreciated in price higher than thirty-five in the previous week, while seventy equities remained unchanged, higher than sixtyeight recorded in the previous week.

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SEC Aims for 50 Shari’ah-Compliant Listings Worth N5 Trillion by 2025



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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reaffirmed its commitment to achieving a target of 50 listings of Shari’ah-compliant products, with a combined market capitalization estimated at around N5 trillion by 2025.

Mr. Lamido Yuguda, the Director-General of SEC, represented by Mr. Dayo Obisan, the Executive Commissioner of Operations, made this announcement during a capacity-building workshop for local Shariah talent within the non-interest capital market – level II.

The event, held in Abuja, was organized in line with the non-interest capital market (NICM) segment of the revised Capital Market Masterplan (2021 – 2025), which aims to introduce 100 retail Shariah-compliant products and attract over one million direct investors in Shariah-compliant products.

Yuguda explained that in the face of these ambitious targets, the commission is resolved to intensify its developmental efforts, particularly in capacity building.

This initiative aims to nurture competent professionals who can leverage Shariah best practices to facilitate the effective implementation of Shariah-compliant initiatives, ultimately fostering the growth of the NICM sector.

The Director-General noted that the commission would continue to utilize its subsidiary, the Nigerian Capital Market Institute, to develop robust programs related to Non-Interest Finance. These programs are expected to promote capacity-building and enhance the adoption of Shariah-compliant products and processes.

Yuguda highlighted the fundamental distinction between conventional finance and Non-Interest Finance, emphasizing the application of Shariah principles in the latter. He stated, “NICM cannot exist without experts in Islamic commercial jurisprudence (Fiqhul Mu’amalat Al-Maliyya).”

“The objective of this Workshop, therefore, is fast-tracking the development of experts for the Market,” he continued. “We believe this will enhance the development of our local Sharia talent, not only for the Nigerian Capital Market but also for the Nigerian Financial system in general.”

Yuguda underscored the growing interest in NICM products among various investor classes in Nigeria, citing the oversubscription of the FGN and corporate Sukuk issued in previous years as evidence.

He noted that the Level 2 segment of the workshop, which commenced with extensive discussions on Shariah Contracts, is aimed at consolidating participants’ understanding of both theoretical and practical aspects of NICM.

“Armed with this training and subsequent ones to come, the participants would undoubtedly have the potential to provide Shariah advisory services for the Islamic Finance Industry, particularly the Non-Interest Capital Market’s operations as it relates to Shariah principles and rulings,” he added.

Yuguda also highlighted the significant progress made in this area, with Nigerian Islamic Finance ranking 13th on the Global Islamic Finance Development Indicator 2022, surpassing countries like Bangladesh and Turkey.

He concluded by emphasizing the gradual growth of the Non-Interest Finance Sector, which has evolved into a distinct industry within the broader financial landscape. This sector offers viable alternatives to traditional interest-based financial systems.

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