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Nigerian Stocks Reach Record High Amid Market-Friendly Reforms



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Nigerian stocks surged to an all-time high on Tuesday, with the all-share index climbing 0.5 percent to an impressive 66,490.3 basis points.

This record high can be attributed to a series of market-friendly reforms that have significantly bolstered investor confidence in Africa’s largest economy.

This recent surge surpasses the previous record of 66,371.2 basis points, which was set over 15 years ago on March 5, 2008.

The gain was driven by robust demand for shares in major financial institutions such as Access Holdings, Zenith, FBN Holdings, and GTCO.

Also, the demand for shares in several consumer goods companies contributed significantly to the overall gains, with the equities sector seeing an increase of N348 billion by the end of the trading session.

Analysts at United Capital, in their weekly outlook note, predict a mixed sentiment in the listed equities market, with investors continuing to carefully select fundamentally sound stocks with strong growth potential based on recently disclosed corporate actions.

Market breadth, a key indicator of investor sentiment, remained positive, with 34 gainers compared to 32 decliners.

The market capitalization increased to an impressive N39.7 trillion from the previous session’s N36.2 trillion, reflecting the substantial growth in market value. Year-to-date, the index has surged by an impressive 29.7 percent.

Top Gainers

  1. Flour Mills: Recorded a remarkable 10 percent increase, closing at N33.
  2. Champion Breweries: Also surged by 10 percent, ending trade at N3.19.
  3. NASCON: Notched up 10 percent, reaching N54.10.
  4. Dangote Sugar: Increased by 10 percent to N57.45.
  5. NAHCO: Climbed by 10 percent to reach N22.10.

Top Losers

  1. CWG: Led the decliners, with a 10 percent decrease, closing at N4.05.
  2. Linkage Assurance: Slid by 10 percent to N0.90.
  3. Chellarams: Fell to N3.57, marking a 9.9 percent depreciation.
  4. Prestige: Recorded a 9.8 percent depreciation, closing at N0.46.
  5. UPL: Closed at N2.15, going down by 9.7 percent.

Top Five Trades

A total of 437 million shares, valued at N7 billion, exchanged hands in 7,932 deals during the trading session. The most active stocks included:

  1. FBN Holdings: With 55.1 million shares worth N911.2 million traded in 288 deals.
  2. Japaul: Trading 33.1 million units, valued at N29.9 million, in 127 transactions.
  3. UBA: Exchanging 30.2 million shares valued at N412.2 million in 506 deals.
  4. Access Holdings: Trading 25.4 million shares, estimated at N414.4 million, in 452 transactions.
  5. Transcorp: Trading 18.2 million shares valued at N127.7 million in 181 deals.

The Nigerian stock market continues to demonstrate resilience and strength, with these record-breaking achievements serving as a testament to the positive economic reforms and investor confidence in the nation’s financial landscape.

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Nigerian Stock Market Dips Again, All-Share Index Falls to 97,978.02



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In yet another day of bearish activity, the Nigerian stock market dipped as the All-Share Index fell to 97,978.02 basis points.

The decline, underpinned by losses recorded in key stocks such as Skyway Aviation Handling, NEM Insurance, and others, amounted to a loss of N84 billion in market capitalization.

The trading session saw the prevalence of bearish sentiment with more decliners (28) than gainers (17) on the Nigerian Exchange.

Skyway Aviation Handling led the pack of losers, experiencing a significant 9.80% decline to close at N20.70 per share. Following closely, NEM Insurance stocks shed 9.47% to close at N7.65, while FTNCocoa lost 9.35% to close at N1.26 per share.

The overall market performance reflected a 0.15% decrease, with the market capitalization also declining by 0.15% to N55.424 trillion.

Despite the downward trend, there was a marginal increase in the number of deals, growing by 6.35% to 7,852, while the trading volume surged by 16.5% to 316.453 million traded shares.

United Bank for Africa (UBA) led the volume chart with 50,316,438 units traded in 788 deals, while Julius Berger emerged as the most traded security by value, amounting to N1.47 billion in 303 deals.

Sectoral performance varied, with three out of five sectors ending in the red zone. The banking sector fell by 1.42%, while the consumer goods sector experienced a slight decline of 0.05%.

However, the oil and gas sector managed to gain 0.72%, and the industrial goods sector remained unchanged.

The recent downturn in the Nigerian stock market follows a series of losses, indicating sustained bearish sentiment among investors.

Concerns over inflation, energy prices, and exchange rate instability continue to weigh on market sentiment, prompting cautious trading activities.

While some sectors managed to record gains, overall market performance remains subdued, reflecting the prevailing economic challenges.

Investors are closely monitoring developments in both local and global markets for signals of potential market recovery or further downturns.

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Nigerian Equity Market Sheds N89bn Amid Rate Hike Fallout



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The Nigerian equity market dipped by N89 billion on Wednesday following the Central Bank of Nigeria’s decision to hike interest rates.

Both the all-share index and market capitalization plunged by 0.16 percent to 98,128.00 basis points and N55.509 trillion, respectively.

This downturn caused the market’s year-to-date return to moderate to 31.23 percent, reflecting the impact of the MPC’s decision on investor sentiment.

Among the top gainers at the close of trading were Tantaliser, Wapic, Omatek, Julius Berger, and Wapco. Conversely, TIP, Multiverse, Cornerst, and Deapcap led the laggards, showcasing the uneven performance across different sectors.

Accesscorp emerged as the most traded stock by volume, with 35.57 million units traded in 606 deals, while GTCO took the lead as the most traded security by value, amounting to N1.35 billion in 403 deals.

The market’s sectoral performance was also mixed, with two out of five sectors closing positively, two closing negatively, and one remaining flat.

The banking and insurance sectors experienced losses of 2.01 percent and 0.87 percent, respectively, due to portfolio rebalancing by investors following the MPC’s decision.

In contrast, the oil and gas sector remained unchanged, while the industrial and consumer goods sectors saw marginal increases of 0.18 percent and 0.02 percent, respectively.

Analysts from Meristem expressed their outlook, anticipating continued lackluster sentiment in the equities market following the MPC’s contractionary stance.

However, they also expect buying interest to surface in stocks trading at attractive entry points, particularly as the sell-off pressure in the banking sector is projected to ease in the near term.

The market’s reaction underscores the sensitivity of investors to monetary policy decisions and highlights the importance of closely monitoring regulatory actions for their impact on market dynamics and investment strategies.

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Nestle Nigeria Leads Gainers as Equities Market Appreciates 0.11% Despite MPC Decisions



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Nigeria’s equities market managed to close on a positive note despite the cautious sentiments lingering after the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) decisions.

Nestle Nigeria Plc emerged as the star performer, leading the gainers’ chart and driving the market’s appreciation by 0.11%.

The market capitalisation gained N61 billion, the highest gain since the beginning of the week.

This upward momentum was fueled by increased investor interest, particularly in Nestle Nigeria Plc, Berger Paints Plc, and other penny stocks like Royal Exchange Plc.

Investors displayed confidence in Nestle Nigeria Plc, making bullish moves ahead of its annual meeting scheduled for the following day.

This optimism translated into substantial buy-side activities, contributing significantly to the overall positive performance of the market.

Despite the outcomes of the two-day MPC meeting, where the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) intensified tightening measures to combat inflation, investors remained undeterred.

The MPC’s decision to raise the policy rate by 150 basis points (bps) to 26.25% and retain other monetary policy parameters did not dampen investor enthusiasm.

Shares of key players like GTCO, Access Holdings, UBA, Transcorp, and Jaiz Bank were actively traded, reflecting the heightened activity in the market. In a total of 7,228 deals, investors exchanged 222,899,152 shares valued at N5.148 billion.

The Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) All-Share Index (ASI) and Market Capitalisation both witnessed an uptick from the previous trading day’s lows, closing at 98,285.33 points and N55.597 trillion respectively.

Nestle Nigeria Plc saw a notable increase from N820 to N900, marking a substantial gain of N80 or 9.76%.

Berger Paints also experienced a positive trajectory, rising from N13.55 to N14.90, adding N1.35 or 9.96% to its value.

Similarly, Royal Exchange, a penny stock, saw an increase from 56 kobo to 60 kobo, reflecting a gain of 4 kobo or 7.14%.

The market’s ability to close in positive territory on Tuesday further bolstered the year-to-date (YtD) return, which now stands at an impressive 31.44%.

Despite the uncertainties surrounding MPC decisions and macroeconomic concerns, investor optimism and strategic investments continue to drive Nigeria’s equities market forward, showcasing resilience in the face of challenges.

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