NSE Halts Decline to Gain 0.17 Percent on Wednesday
The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Wednesday halted four consecutive losses on the back of Nestle, Flour Mills, Cadbury, Access Bank and Zenith Bank’s attractiveness.
Activities of investors boosted the market capitalisation by N21.9 billion to N13.027 trillion on Wednesday while the NSE All-Share Index expanded by 0.17 percent to settle at 24,972.89 basis points.
A total of 265.964 million shares valued at N2.708 billion were exchanged in 3,564 deals by investors during the trading hours.
In terms of volume traded, Guaranty Trust Bank was the most traded stock with 43.674 million shares valued at N1.026 billion. This was followed by UACN’s 41.199 million shares worth N288.659 million. FBNH, FCMB and Access banks added 35.370 million, 22.543 million and 15.347 million shares valued at N178.136 million, N38.799 million and N104.467 million.
Accordingly, Nestle led the top gainers’ table with 10 percent to close at N1094.5 per share. Cadbury followed with 6.67 percent to settle at N8 per share. Flour Mill, Access Bank and Zenith bank gained 4.35 percent, 1.48 percent and 0.31 percent to close at N20.4, N6.85 and N16.15 per share, respectively.
On the other hand, Seplat led losers with a 9.99 percent decline to close at N428.8 per share. Guaranty Trust Bank lost 2.54 percent to settle at N23 per share. Dangote Sugar, Fidson and Neimeth declined by 2.03 percent, 6.34 percent and 9.57 percent to close at N14.5 per share, N3.4 per share and N1.89 per share, respectively.
The bourse rebounded despite Nigeria’s inflation rate rising to 12.40 percent in May, further highlighting the nation’s precarious situation amid COVID-19 disruption.
Stock Market Cap Appreciates by N14 Billion this week as NSE All-Share Index Dips
Stock Market Gained by N14 Billion this week Amid Economic Uncertainties
The market value of the Nigerian Stock Exchange expanded by N14 billion this week despite weak market sentiment amid growing economic uncertainties.
Investors traded a total turnover of 1.139 billion shares worth N12.692 billion in 17,109 deals during the week, against a total of 1.226 billion shares valued at N10.842 billion that exchanged hands in 19,529 deals in the previous week.
The sectoral performance showed the Financial Services industry led activity chart in terms of volume traded with 870.300 million shares valued at N7.863 billion traded in 9,427 deals, therefore, contributing 76.43 percent and 61.95 percent to the total equity turnover volume and value, respectively.
The Industrial Goods industry followed with 62.689 million shares worth N1.162 billion in 1,557 deals. The third place was the ICT industry, with a turnover of 50.859 million shares worth N2.552 billion in 619 deals.
Trading in the top three equities namely FBN Holdings Plc, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc and Access Bank Plc. (measured by volume) accounted for 353.048 million shares worth N4.018 billion in 3,095 deals, contributing 31.00% and 31.66% to the total equity turnover volume and value respectively.
A break down of the week activities showed investors traded 257,027,926 shares valued at N3,320,061,770 in 3,567 deals on Monday, September 14, 2020. While 245,139,497 shares worth N3,013,027,933 exchanged hands in 3,597 transactions on Tuesday of the same week.
Investors traded 211,816,446 shares valued at N2,417,710,834; 231,201,739 shares worth N2,095,227,478 and 193,495,274 shares valued at N1,845,658,982 in 3,651, 3,360 and 2,934 deals on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, respectively.
The market capitalisation of listed equities appreciated by 0.10 percent or N14 billion from N13.351 trillion last week to N13.365 trillion this week.
While NSE All-Share Index depreciated by 0.08 percent or 19.38 basis points from 25,591.95bps last week to 25,572.57bps this week.
Weak Patronage Forces Prestige Assurance to Extend Offer Period for Rights Issue
Prestige Assurance Extends Offer Period for Rights Issue
Prestige Assurance has extended the offer period for the rights issue of 13,635,796,006 ordinary shares of 50 Kobo each at 50 Kobo per share on the basis of Thirty-Eight (38) new ordinary shares for Fifteen (15) ordinary
The company disclosed this in a statement signed by Godstime Iwenekhai Head, Listings Regulation, Prestige Assurance Plc and forwarded to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Friday.
The decision to extend the offer period may not be unconnected to the drop in patronage due to the negative impacts of COVID-19 on Nigerians and slow economic growth.
It said “Prestige Assurance Plc – Extension of Offer Period for the Rights Issue of 13,635,796,006 Ordinary Shares of 50 Kobo Each at 50 Kobo Per Share on the Basis of Thirty-Eight (38) New Ordinary Shares for Fifteen (15) Ordinary Shares Held.”
“Further to our Market Bulletin of 10 August 2020 with reference number: NSE/RD/LRD/MB39/20/08/10, Dealing Members are hereby informed of the extension of the offer period of Prestige Assurance Plc’s Rights Issue of 13,635,796,006 ordinary shares of N0.50 each at N0.50 per share on the basis of thirtyeight (38) new ordinary shares for every fifteen (15) ordinary shares held as at the close of business on 31 January 2020 (the Offer).
“The Nigerian Stock Exchange has received a confirmation from the Securities and Exchange Commission to extend the offer period by two (2) weeks. With this extension, the Offer which was initially scheduled to close on Thursday, 17 September 2020 will now close on Wednesday, 30 September 2020.”
Five Leading Health Care Companies Lost Over $65bn in Market Cap YTD
Top Five Leading Health Care Companies More than $65bn in Market Value
Data presented by Buy Shares indicates that five selected leading public health care companies have cumulatively lost $65.59 billion in market capitalization. The slump is on a Year-to-Date basis.
Health care companies banking on coronavirus vaccine
Walgreens Boots Alliance is the biggest loser at $21.21billion. CVS Health is the second biggest loser at $20.81 billion followed by Cigna Corp at $13.88 billion.
From the research, Anthem Inc. market capitalization has plunged by $8.91 billion while Cardinal Health had the least loss at $0.78 billion.
Despite the widespread losses, UnitedHealth Group’s market capitalization gained by a massive $16.73 billion. Johnson & Johnson also gained by $3.97 billion during the period under review.
Although the health care sector has registered a decline in market capitalization, several factors might spark a resurgence. According to the research report:
“The health care companies are banking on a possible vaccine to make a rebound in the market. Currently, there are over 70 vaccines under development, and companies that emerge first are likely to benefit from that. For example, Johnson & Johnson’s positive change in market capitalization can be linked to the fact that the company is very active in vaccine searching. Additionally, the stock market is also depending on the vaccines to make a rebound. Positive news regarding the vaccine has seen other stocks make notable gains.”
The research also overviewed the Year-to-Date returns for the selected companies. AmerisourceBergen Corp has the biggest returns at 13.84% followed by UnitedHealth Group at 4.27%. Elsewhere, Walgreens Boots Alliance has the worst returns at -38.47%. CVS Health had the second-worst returns at -22.63%.
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