- Foreign Investors Dump Nigerian Equities
For every unit of purchase being made at the Nigerian stock market by foreign investors, they are selling two units as political risks and macroeconomic uncertainties continue to reduce investors’ appetite for Nigerian equities.
Trading data on domestic and foreign portfolio investments (FPI) at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) showed that foreign investors’ outflows from the equities market increased by 124.7 per cent to about N131 billion in May as against N58.25 billion in April. However, there was a 3.45 per cent decrease in foreign inflows to N62.06 billion in May as against N64.28 billion recorded in April.
The FPI report used two key indicators-inflow and outflow, to gauge foreign investors’ mood and participation in the stock market as a barometer for the economy. Foreign portfolio investment outflow includes sales transactions or liquidation of equity portfolio investments through the stock market while inflow includes purchase transactions on the NSE. The NSE report is generally regarded as a credible gauge of foreign portfolio investments in Nigeria as it coordinates data from nearly all active investment bankers and stockbrokers.
Total transactions at the equities market increased by 49.96 per cent from N212.23 billion recorded in April to N318.27 billion in May.
A five-month report showed that the cumulative transactions from January to May increased by 97.13 per cent to N1.409 trillion in 2018 compared with N714.99 billion recorded in the same period of 2017.
The latest report stated that the institutional composition of the domestic market increased by 97.87 per cent from N46.51 billion in April to N92.03 billion in May. The retail composition declined by 22.92 per cent from N43.19 billion in April to N33.29 billion in May.
In April, there was a positive net foreign inflow of N6.03 billion in April 2018 and N36.91 billion for the four-month period ended April 2018. In the comparable period ended April 2017, Nigerian equities had suffered net FPI deficit of N79.73 billion. Further analysis indicated positive net foreign inflow of N30.88 billion in first quarter 2018 compared with a negative net foreign investment position of N86.36 billion in comparable first quarter 2017.
Month-on-month analysis had shown a positive trend in net foreign investment inflow throughout the first quarter 2018. Foreign inflow totalled N91.75 billion in January 2018 as against outflow of N74.64 billion. Foreign inflow and outflow stood at N44.89 billion and N38.33 billion respectively in February 2018 while foreign inflow and outflow recovered to N69.71 billion and N62.50 billion respectively in March 2018.
Total transactions at the Nigerian equities market in first quarter 2018 had stood at N878.97 billion compared with N454.48 billion recorded in first quarter 2017. Nigerian domestic investors had accounted for N497.15 billion in first quarter 2018 as against N243.42 billion in comparable period of 2017.
Remove Face Mask When Using ATM, Banks Tell Customers
Face Mask May Cause ATM Transaction Failure, Banks Tell Customers
Deposit Money Banks have said due to their face recognition technology, customers wearing face masks may experience service failure while using the Automated Teller Machines (ATMs).
In an email issued to customers by Fidelity Bank, the bank said why the use of face masks is important to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, customers should remove when performing ATM transactions.
The bank said “Wearing of face masks is a safety and precautionary measure we must all adhere to in this period of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“However, we advise that you remove your face mask while making withdrawals or carrying out ATM transactions to allow our ATM properly recognise you.
“Fidelity Bank ATM machines have face detection features installed to curb incidences of fraudulent ATM withdrawals.
“Consequently, you may not be able to carry out any transaction if our ATMs are not able to properly recognise you. We apologise for the inconvenience that this may cause you.”
Meanwhile, Guaranty Trust Bank plc continues to ease accessibility for all customers and advised customers to protect themselves.
GTBank said, “When visiting any of our branches, kindly protect yourself by wearing a face mask at all times. It is also very important that you keep a safe distance when in a queue inside or outside the branch.
“Before visiting any of our branches, please remember that you can withdraw up to N150,000 at all our ATMs and that you can do most of your banking from the safety of your home.”
Access Bank in Talks to Acquire Cavmont Bank
Access Bank to Acquire Cavmont Bank in Zambia
Access Bank Plc on Wednesday announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary in Zambia, Access Bank Zambia Limited (Access Bank Zambia) is in talks to acquire Cavmont Bank Limited, a subsidiary of Cavmont Capital.
According to the statement signed by Mr. Sunday Ekwochi, Company Secretary, Access Bank and released on the Nigerian Stock Exchange website on Wednesday, the ongoing discussions is to acquire 100 percent of Cavmont Capital’s interest in Cavmont Bank.
However, the lender said “there can be no certainty that a transaction will be agreed, nor as to the terms of any such agreement.
“The completion of a transaction would be subject to formal regulatory approvals. Access Bank will be updating the market as appropriate and in accordance with its disclosure obligations.”
The lender, therefore, advised shareholders to exercise caution when dealing in Access Bank’s securities.
Investors King Ltd note: This announcement further threw more lights on the recent purchases of Access Bank’s shares by Herbert Wigwe, the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Access Bank.
The CEO/MD purchased 7.532 million of Access Bank‘s shares in the last one month.
Mohammed Umar is the New Acting Chairman of EFCC
Buhari Appoints Mohammed Umar as EFCC Acting Chairman
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A top official of the commission confirmed to NAN that Umar has taken charge of the agency following the suspension of Ibrahim Magu, the former acting Chairman.
Ibrahim Magu was suspended by the President on Tuesday following series of allegations bordering on frauds, financial misappropriations and abuse of power.
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