By Dipo Olowookere
Transactions on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) were bullish on Thursday following the encouraging half-year earnings of the big banks at the market.
The trailblazing was started by Stanbic IBTC Holdings and was followed by UBA, GTBank and Zenith Bank and their positive results pushed investors to buy more stocks, helping the market to rise by 0.20 per cent at the close of business.
Consequently, the All-Share Index (ASI) increased by 51.02 points to 25,511.02 points from 25,460.00 points, while the market capitalisation grew by N27 billion to N13.309 trillion from N13.282 trillion.
Business Post reports that the financial stocks performed well during the session as insurance index rose by 0.50 per cent, while the banking index closed 0.46 per cent higher, with the consumer goods counter appreciating by 0.02 per cent. However, the energy and industrial goods sectors closed flat.
On the price movement chart, MTN Nigeria topped the gainers’ log with a price appreciation of 60 kobo to finish at N118.60 per unit, while Vitafoam gained 28 kobo to sell for N5.78 per unit.
UAC Nigeria improved by 25 kobo to quote at N6.20 per share, Zenith Bank appreciated by 25 kobo to finish at N17.20 per unit, while FCMB garnered 10 kobo to close at N2.20 per unit.
On the flip side, Neimeth led the losers’ chart of six members on Thursday after shedding 13 kobo to settle at N1.87 per unit and was deputised by Sterling Bank, which lost 6 kobo to close at N1.19 per unit.
AIICO Insurance, which commenced its rights issue on Wednesday at 80 kobo per unit on the basis of five new ordinary shares for every 13 ordinary shares held as at the close of business on Monday, June 15, 2020, suffered a 5 kobo loss on Thursday to close at 90 kobo per share.
Transcorp and Fidelity Bank went down by one kobo each to finish at 58 kobo per share and N1.80 per share respectively.
As earlier stated, more shares were traded during Thursday’s market as reflected in the activity chart, which had the trading volume, value and number of deals rising by 33.88 per cent, 33.91 per cent and 2.40 per cent respectively.
A total of 232.4 million stocks worth N1.3 billion exchanged hands yesterday in 3,377 deals compared with the 173.6 million equities worth N982.2 million transacted the previous day in 3,298 deals.
Transcorp was the most active stock during the session, transacting 70.6 million units valued at N40.1 million and was trailed by Zenith Bank, which traded 25.5 million shares for N435.2 million.
LASACO Assurance exchanged 17.1 million equities worth N4.5 million, Access Bank transacted 14.8 million stocks valued at N94.7 million, while UBA exchanged 13.2 million shares for N86.0 million.
Investors Gain N1.09bn as NASD Share Price Rises 9.1%
By Adedapo Adesanya
The unlisted securities market closed the last trading session of the week on a positive note after it appreciated by 0.18 per cent on the back of growth in the share price of NASD Plc.
Business Post reports that the NASD Over-the-Counter (OTC) Securities Exchange returned to the bulls’ territory on Friday after it closed flat on Thursday.
NASD Plc was the major driver of the return of the bourse to the green region as its value went up during the session by N2.45 or 9.1 per cent to close at N26.99 per unit in contrast to N24.54 per unit it closed at the previous session.
As a result of this, the NASD unlisted security index (NSI) moved up by 1.32 points to 745.44 points from 744.12 points, while the market capitalisation gained N1.09 billion to wrap the day at N615.86 billion in contrast to the previous day’s N614.77 billion.
On the activity chart, there was an improvement as the trading volume surged by 34,985.6 per cent because of the 2.3 million units of shares exchanged by market participants compared with the 6,688 units transacted at the previous session.
In the same vein, the trading value rose by 17,680.6 per cent to N63.4 million from the previous day’s N356,563.60, while the number of deals witnessed a 100 per cent rise as investors carried out 12 deals compared to the six deals executed at the previous session.
At the close of trades, Food Concepts Plc was the most traded stock by volume (year-to-date) with 11.4 billion units of its shares worth N14.4 billion, Lighthouse Financial Service Plc followed with 1.1 billion units valued at N546.2 million, while Geo Fluids Plc was in third place with 1.0 billion units worth N700.1 million.
Food Concepts Plc was also the most traded stock by value on a year-to-date basis with 11.4 billion units worth N14.4 billion, trailed by Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Group Plc with 456.4 million units valued at N9.2 billion, VFD Group Plc with 10.4 million units valued at N3.5 billion.
Naira Trades N414.73/$1 as Cryptos Bleed Heavily
By Adedapo Adesanya
The Naira appreciated against the US Dollar at the Investors and Exporters (I&E) window of the foreign exchange (forex) market by 0.02 per cent or 7 kobo on Friday, December 4.
Data showed that the local currency was sold for N414.73/$1 at the investors’ window yesterday compared with the N414.80/$1 it traded on Thursday.
At the final trading session of the week, the turnover was $103.01 million as against $139.67 million achieved at the preceding session, indicating a $36.66 million or 26.62 per cent decline.
Also, the exchange rate of the Naira to the United States currency recorded a movement on Friday, though downward as the Nigerian currency depreciated by 4 kobo as it closed at N411.74/$1 versus the preceding day’s N411.70/$1.
The local currency, however, appreciated by N2.17 against the British Pound Sterling to settle at N546.26/£1 compared to N548.43/£1 it traded at the previous trading session and 57 kobo against the Euro to trade at N465.68/€1 compared to the preceding day’s N466.25/€1.
At the cryptocurrency market, investors counted a heavy loss as the new variant of the coronavirus called Omicron and hawkish comments by the US Federal Reserve that it could raise interest rates have raised serious concerns, causing cryptos to bleed heavily.
The heaviest loss was suffered by Dash (DASH), which plunged by 35.3 per cent to sell for N66,595.85. Ripple (XRP) depreciated 30.6 per cent to trade at N381.85, while Litecoin (LTC) sold for N66,595.85 after declining by 24.1 per cent.
Dogecoin (DOGE) went down by 22.7 per cent to sell at N90.29, Cardano (ADA) depreciated by 20.8 per cent to N652.82, Bitcoin (BTC) depleted by 16.9 per cent to quote at N26,800,504.20, Ethereum (ETH) equally saw a 16.9 per cent depreciation to trade at N2,100,100.39, Binance Coin (BNB) recorded a 12.9 per cent depreciation to trade at N218,577.24, Tron (TRX) went down by 12.7 per cent to trade at N48.00, while the US Dollar Tether (USDT) recorded a 0.1 per cent marginal loss to sell for N554.76.
Crude Mixed as Market Remains Unsettled by Omicron Jitters
By Adedapo Adesanya
Crude prices closed mixed on Friday, December 3 after erasing earlier big gains on growing worries that rising coronavirus cases and a new variant could reduce global oil demand.
Brent crude gained 21 cents or 0.3 per cent to trade at $69.88 per barrel while on the other hand, the United States West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude lost 24 cents or 0.36 per cent to sell at $66.26 per barrel.
Both benchmarks declined for a sixth week in a row for the first time since November 2018.
Oil prices had witnessed one of the most troubled weeks as the market reeled from the fear brought about by the Omicron variant of the coronavirus with speculations that it could spark new lockdowns and dent fuel demand.
The World Health Organization (WHO) urged countries to vaccinate their people to fight the virus, saying travel curbs were not the answer.
Even with this, the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies (OPEC+) surprised the market on Thursday when it stuck to its plans to add 400,000 barrels per day supply in January.
However, it said it will continue to monitor the market and this could make it change course if demand suffered from measures to contain the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant.
The alliance said they could meet again before their next scheduled meeting on January 4.
Analysts noted that with the coronavirus cases rising, the US jobs report for November also didn’t help demand outlook even as the unemployment rate plunged to a 21-month low of 4.2 per cent, suggesting the country’s labour market was rapidly tightening.
US employment growth slowed considerably in November amid job losses at retailers and in local government education.
Meanwhile, in Vienna, diplomats attempting to restore the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers face substantial challenges that need urgent solutions, the top European envoy said Friday. Talks are set to resume next week.
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