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Nigerian Equities Market Surges as Investors Gain N409 Billion Amidst Policy Shifts

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The equities market closed in the green last week as investors pocketed N409 billion.

The All-Share Index surged by 1.12 percent to settle at 67,200.69 index points while the market capitalization of listed equities climbed by 1 percent to N36.919 trillion.

The Exchange year-to-date return for the All-Share Index rose to an impressive 31.12 percent.

Analysts at Cowry Assets Management Limited in their weekly report said, “Market remained in a consolidation range with low trading volume and a positive market breadth. The positive trend was driven by increasing expectations for the Q3 earnings season, despite macroeconomic policy uncertainties and corporate announcements of closed periods.”

Four out of five trading sessions saw bullish outcomes, underlining the market’s robust performance.

The various sectors displayed mostly positive outcomes with the exception of NGX Consumer Goods, NGX Banking, NGX AFR Bank Value, NGX MERI Growth, and NGX Sovereign Bond, which saw minor depreciations.

Trading activities exhibited a dynamic shift with over 1.470 billion shares valued at N24.431 billion traded in 29,683 deals.

The Financial Services Industry was the dominant contributor to these figures, representing 63.25 percent of total equity turnover volume and 53.00 percent of total equity turnover value.

Access Holdings Plc, Neimeth International Pharmaceutical Plc, and Fidelity Bank Plc emerged as the top three stocks for the week, contributing significantly to the total equity turnover volume and value.

Some standout performers included BUA Cement, CHI Plc, Nigerian Breweries, and Dangote Sugar, with their share prices soaring.

Amidst this optimism, analysts predict a week of mixed sentiments in the market, driven by bargain hunting and portfolio repositioning.

Investors are closely watching the inflation figures for September and the release of Q3 corporate earnings reports, while the Central Bank of Nigeria’s recent decision to lift the ban on forex provision for several key items is expected to boost liquidity in the forex market, potentially eliciting positive reactions from foreign investors.

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

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Investors Lose N720bn in Midweek Sell-Offs

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Investors at the Nigerian Exchange Group lost N720 billion on Wednesday, the third consecutive day of bearish activity on the exchange.

The Exchange has now lost a combined N1.54 trillion in the last three days.

On Wednesday, the All-Share Index plummeted by 1.31% to 99,302.37 points while market capitalization dropped to N54.32 trillion. This downward spiral brought the year-to-date returns to 32.80%.

Market breadth remained negative with only five gainers compared to 52 decliners.

Notable gainers included PZ Cussons, Juli Plc, and Axa Mansard, while FCMB Group, Lafarge Africa, and Nigerian Breweries led the decliners with losses of 10% each.

Bearish sentiments spread across various sectors, particularly Banking, Insurance, and Consumer Goods, experiencing declines of 6.90%, 3.72%, and 1.20%, respectively.

The negative trend was fueled by sell-offs in prominent stocks like Sterling Financial Holdings, Wema Bank, and AccessCorp.

Despite improved trading volume and total deals, which rose by 41.28% and 15.40% respectively, the total traded value fell by 4.80% to N5.83 billion.

Transcorp Plc emerged as the most traded security by volume, while Zenith Bank led in traded value at N1 billion, indicating mixed sentiments among investors amidst market uncertainties.

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FBN Holdings, Multiverse, MTN Nigeria Lead Losers on Nigerian Exchange

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FBN Holdings, Multiverse, and MTN Nigeria emerged as the top losers on the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) on Tuesday as market capitalisation dipped by N773 billion.

FBN Holdings, one of the most capitalized financial firms, declined by 10% to close at N30.60 per share.

This drop comes after the company had recently risen to prominence in the financial sector.

Multiverse, an active player in the industrial goods sector, also shed 10% to settle at N15.30 per share while MTN Nigeria saw its shares dip by 9.94% to N222.90 per share.

The downward trend in these key stocks contributed to the overall bearish performance of the Nigerian Exchange as the All-Share Index dipped by 1.39% and market capitalisation moderated to N55.04 trillion.

Market sentiment remained negative, with 27 losers outweighing 10 gainers, indicating widespread sell-offs across various sectors. Africa Prudential Plc, Omatek, and Juli Plc were among the few gainers.

Despite the challenges faced by these companies, market analysts remain cautiously optimistic about the prospects of the Nigerian Exchange.

They emphasize the importance of monitoring market dynamics and making informed investment decisions amidst the prevailing volatility.

As the Nigerian Exchange navigates through turbulent waters, investors are advised to exercise prudence and diligence in their investment strategies to mitigate risks and capitalize on potential opportunities that may arise in the market.

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Nestle, Eterna, Fidson Drag Nigerian Exchange Down, Wiping Out N51bn

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The Nigerian Exchange (NGX) opened the week in the red as Nestle Plc, Eterna, and Fidson Healthcare Plc closed lower to wipe out a combined N51 billion from the market capitalization.

Nestle Plc shed 10 percent to close at N990 per share while Eterna and Fidson Healthcare Plc plummeted by 9.97 percent and 9.82 percent to settle at N15.80 and N15.15 per share, respectively.

At the close of trading, the All-Share Index (ASI) dipped by 0.09 per cent to 101,995.53 points and the NGX market capitalization fell to N55.81 trillion.

This downturn reflects investors’ concerns about the stability of these key companies amidst broader economic uncertainties.

Analysts had anticipated a bearish sentiment as investors sought guidance from economic policymakers and corporate earnings reports.

With the NGX struggling to find solid footing, investors remain cautious about their portfolio allocations, especially with rising fixed-income yields and impending monetary policy decisions.

The trading session saw a marginal increase in transaction volume, rising by 1.14 percent to 294.32 million units.

However, the value of transactions surged by 12 per cent to N6.72 billion, indicating intensified trading activity despite the overall market decline.

Also, the number of deals rose by 29 percent to 9,957, showcasing heightened market participation.

While the banking sector recorded a modest 1.35 percent gain, driven by increased interest in FBN Holdings, JaizBank, and Sterling Financial Holdings Plc, other sectors faced challenges.

The consumer goods and oil/gas sectors experienced notable declines, contributing to the overall negative sentiment.

As market participants await corporate earnings reports and the outcome of the Monetary Policy Committee meeting, the NGX remains susceptible to volatility, highlighting the need for cautious investment strategies in the current economic landscape.

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