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Asian Shares Appreciate Amid Fall in Chinese, Hong Kong Stocks

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Asian Shares Appreciate Amid Fall in Chinese, Hong Kong Stocks

By Investors Hub

Asian stocks rose broadly on Thursday, though markets in China and Hong Kong ended in the red amid anxiety ahead of crucial meeting between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20 summit later this week.

While a substantive breakthrough is unlikely, the two sides may agree on a communiqué for a de-escalation of trade tensions.

Underlying sentiment remained supported across the region after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said current interest rates are ?just below? neutral.

Chinese stocks fluctuated before closing sharply lower ahead of the much-anticipated meeting between the U.S. and Chinese presidents this weekend.

The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index tumbled 34.29 points or 1.3 percent to 2,567.44, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index dropped 231.53 points or 0.9 percent to 26,451.03.

Japanese shares advanced despite the dollar weakening against the yen on expectations of a slowdown in the pace of rate hikes by the Fed. The Nikkei 225 Index rose 85.58 points or 0.4 percent to 22,262.60, while the broader Topix Index closed 0.4 percent higher at 1,659.47.

Consumer electronics and video game company Nintendo soared 4.1 percent after its Switch console set two new records from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday. Nissan Motor rose 1.4 percent to snap a two-day losing streak.

In economic news, retail sales in Japan surged up a seasonally adjusted 1.2 percent in October, a government report showed. That exceeded expectations for an increase of 0.4 percent following the 0.2 percent decline in September.

Australian markets pared some gains after hitting a more than two-week high earlier in the day. The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 Index still closed up 33.30 points or 0.6 percent at 5,758.40 amid broad-based buying. The broader All Ordinaries Index climbed 35.60 points or 0.6 percent to 5,835.70.

Higher iron ore and copper prices helped lift miners. BHP Billiton gained 1.2 percent as its Spence copper mine resumed operations after a union strike. Rio Tinto advanced 1.7 percent after approving a $2.6 billion investment in its Koodaideri iron ore mine in Western Australia.

Financials followed their U.S. peers higher, with banks ANZ, Commonwealth and Westpac rising between half a percent and 0.7 percent.

On the other hand, waste management company Bingo Industries slumped 5.3 percent after the competition regulator criticized its proposed merger with rival Dial A Dump.

Energy stocks ended mixed despite oil prices falling more than 2 percent overnight. Poker machine maker Aristocrat Leisure declined 2.6 percent after reporting its full-year results.

In economic news, total new capital spending in Australia fell a seasonally adjusted 0.5 percent sequentially in the third quarter of 2018, official data showed, missing forecasts for an increase of 1.0 percent.

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan. Mr Olowookere can be reached via dipo.olowookere@businesspost.ng

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Investors Give Nigeria’s Orda $1.1m to Grow Services in Africa

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Orda restaurant management

By Adedapo Adesanya

A Nigerian restaurant management startup, Orda, has raised a $1.1 million pre-seed funding round to speed its growth and expand across Africa.

The pre-seed round was led by Lofty Inc Capital Management, with participation from Techstars – Boulder, Magic Fund, Hustle Fund, Norrsken Foundation, Microtraction, DFS Labs, Oxford Seed Fund, Enza Capital and Agroly Advisors, as well as Ire Aderinokun, Jesse Ovia, Ademola Adesina and other angel investors.

Following the raise, the startup is looking to increase its rate of growth and expansion across the continent.

Orda has developed a full-stack approach to integrating local payments, logistic companies while building inventory management, and business analytics for small to medium-sized food businesses.

It says it is the only technology solution on the continent that allows restaurants to accept and process all their in-store, website, social media, WhatsApp, Jumia Food, Glovo and Bolt Food orders from one easy-to-use interface.

The startup’s cloud-based solution is currently available for restaurants in Nigeria and Kenya.

In addition, its Gross Merchandise Value (GMV) has been growing at more than 15 per cent week-on-week as Orda now processes thousands of weekly transactions.

Speaking on the inspiration behind the technology, Mr Guy Futi, the startup’s CEO, said the team had kept trying to address the real pain points of chefs, caterers and small restaurants.

“From that Orda grew. Before Orda, a small food business owner could spend up to four hours a day reconciling transactions while trying to figure out losses. We looked to alleviate that burden. In the process, we noticed that food business owners were not fully integrated with local payment solutions, online sales channels, and logistic providers. This made their operations even more difficult,” he said.

On his part, the company’s Chief Technology Officer, Mr Fikayo Akinwale said, “Orda was built from a near 18 months of a collaborative customer feedback loop. We listened to everything, from how African restaurants reconcile inventory, how customers pay, to how they handle logistics and more.

“We can confidently say that no one has done as much work as we have to build an end-to-end solution for our food business owners. We are excited to usher in much-needed digitisation to the sector.”

Mr Idris Ayodeji Bello, a managing partner of LoftyInc Capital Management, said his team invested in Orda because it was building the core digital infrastructure for restaurants across Africa.

“The team has done the hard work of figuring out the core problems that African restaurant owners are facing and is building a solution that can revolutionise the food business across the continent. LoftyInc is excited to back a solution-focused team like Orda,” he said.

Launched in 2020, Orda is a cloud-based restaurant management system provider that hopes to provide one operating system to power African restaurants. Since its launch, the Lagos-based startup has worked with several well-known African and global restaurants including Barcelos, Eric Kayser, Johnny Rockets and Ofadaboy.

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Unlisted Securities Market Closes Flat on Wednesday

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By Adedapo Adesanya

The key performance indices of the NASD Over-the-Counter (OTC) Securities Exchange closed flat on Wednesday, January 19 as investors begin to trade cautiously.

It was observed that during the trading session, none of the securities on the platform recorded a movement as their prices remained unchanged at the close of business.

According to data obtained by Business Post, the market capitalisation of the NASD Exchange retained its previous value of N633.06 billion, while the NASD Unlisted Securities Index (NSI) remained at 747.61 points.

However, trading data showed that there were declines in the volume, value, and deals carried out at the unlisted securities market.

Investors traded a total of 195.2 million units of securities in contrast to the 453.7 million units of securities transacted at the preceding session, indicating a fall of 56.9 per cent.

The value of shares exchanged by the market participants also depreciated, this time by 58.4 per cent to N4.1 billion from N9.8 billion published at the bourse at the Tuesday session.

In the same vein, the total number of deals executed by traders went down by 9.1 per cent as 10 deals were performed at the exchange as against the 11 deals printed at the preceding session.

At the close of transactions, the most traded stock by volume on a year-to-date basis was Central Securities Clearing Systems (CSCS) Plc with the sale of 844.7 million units valued at N17.7 million. VFD Group Plc followed with 916,161 units of its stocks valued at N331.5 million, while Friesland Campina WAMCO Nigeria Plc was in third place with 207,030 units valued at N24.5 million.

Also, CSCS Plc closed as the most traded stock by value (year-to-date) with the sale of 844.7 million units exchanged for N17.7 million, VFD Group Plc was also in second place with 916,161 units worth N331.5 million, while Friesland Campina WAMCO Nigeria Plc was in third place with 207,030 units valued at N24.5 million.

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Naira Trades N566.22/£1 at Interbank, Bitcoin Gains 0.8%

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Bitcoin loses

By Adedapo Adesanya

The Naira appreciated by 84 kobo against the British Pound Sterling at the interbank segment of the foreign exchange (FX) market on Wednesday to close at N566.22/£1 compared with the preceding day’s N567.06/£1.

Equally, the indigenous currency edged higher by N2.73 against the Euro at the same market window to finish at N470.99/€1 in contrast to N473.72/€1 it was exchanged a day earlier.

However, against the United States Dollar, the local currency suffered a loss as it depreciated by 30 kobo to close at N415.30/$1 versus N415.00/$1 it ended on Tuesday.

It was not the same scenario with the Naira at the Investors and Exporters (I&E) window as the Naira closed stronger than the greenback, appreciating by 17 kobo or 0.04 per cent to trade at N416.33/$1 compared with the previous day’s exchange rate of N416.50/$1.

This occurred amid an increase in the FX trades at the market window as the turnover went up by 12.2 per cent or $13.55 million to $124.57 million from the preceding session’s turnover of $111.02 million.

Meanwhile, at the digital currency market, the bulls took control amid a renewed investor confidence, causing seven of the 10 tokens tracked by Business Post to end in the positive territory yesterday.

The highest gainer for the session was Tron (TRX) as its value went up by 1.7 per cent to sell for N39.43, followed by Ripple (XRP) which appreciated by 1.4 per cent to N436.99, and Binance Coin (BNB), which grew by 0.9 per cent to trade at N192,540.74.

In addition, Bitcoin (BTC) gained 0.8 per cent to trade at N24,183,994.94, Dash (DASH) recorded a 0.7 per cent appreciation to sell at N74,381.31, Litecoin (LTC) added 0.7 per cent to its value to close at N80,114.51, while Ethereum (ETH) made a 0.4 per cent jump to trade at N1,802,564.40.

However, Cardano (ADA) depreciated during the session by 7.3 per cent to N805.27, Dogecoin (DOGE) retreated by 0.6 per cent to sell at N99.9, while the US Dollar Tether (USDT) declined by 0.1 per cent to sell for N577.45.

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