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Eterna, CWG Close as Worst-Performing Stocks as Market Sheds 0.02%

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By Dipo Olowookere

The Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited suffered a marginal 0.02 per cent loss on Monday following sell-offs in some equities like Eterna, MTN Nigeria, CWG, GTCO and others.

Eterna and CWG closed the trading session as the worst-performing stocks after losing 10.00 per cent each to settle at N5.04 and 99 kobo respectively.

In addition, Royal Exchange shed 9.92 per cent to sell for N1.09, Veritas Kapital depreciated by 8.70 per cent to trade at 21 kobo, while SCOA Nigeria depleted by 8.13 per cent to close at N2.60.

According to data obtained by Business Post, the exchange closed with 22 price losers and 19 price gainers, indicating a negative market breadth and a weak investor sentiment.

On top of the gainers’ table yesterday was RT Briscoe, which is staging a comeback after a series of declines, rising during the session by 9.59 per cent to 80 kobo.

Ecobank gained 7.27 per cent to quote at N11.80, Prestige Assurance appreciated by 6.52 per cent to 49 kobo, Niger Insurance grew by 4.55 per cent to 23 kobo, while Mutual Benefits Assurance gained 3.85 per cent to close at 27 kobo.

It was observed that the sectorial performance was mixed on Monday, with the banking and industrial goods counters rising by 1.15 per cent and 0.12 per cent respectively and the insurance, consumer goods and energy sectors depreciating by 1.91 per cent, 0.41 per cent and 0.33 per cent respectively.

The overriding power of the bears on the bulls consequently depressed the All-Share Index (ASI) by 8.81 points to 47,428.67 points from 47,437.48 points and suppressed the market capitalisation by N4 billion to N25.562 trillion from N25.566 trillion.

Despite the poor performance of the bourse yesterday, the market activity was largely positive as the trading volume, value and number of deals increased by 11.00 per cent, 12.66 per cent and 20.54 per cent respectively.

Investors transacted 1.3 billion stocks worth N7.9 billion in 4,735 deals compared with the 1.2 billion stocks worth N7.0 billion traded in 3,928 deals last Friday.

This was buoyed by the cross deal in FCMB as the company traded 1.0 billion shares valued at N3.8 billion as Fidelity Bank transacted 38.1 million stocks worth N108.9 million.

Zenith Bank exchanged 28.5 million equities worth N768.1 million, Transcorp sold 21.0 million stocks for N23.8 million, while GTCO traded 17.0 million equities for N455.4 million.

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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JUST IN: CBN Raises Benchmark Interest Rate to 13%

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By Dipo Olowookere

For the first time in two years, the Monetary Policy Rate (MPR) has been raised by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to 13.0 per cent from 11.5 per cent.

Mr Godwin Emefiele, the Governor of the CBN, who announced this development on Tuesday in Abuja, explained that the decision to increase the benchmark interest rate was taken at the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting held yesterday and today.

While addressing financial reporters this afternoon, Mr Emefiele said members of the committee were unanimous with the decision to hike the rates as it was the best thing to do after holding them for about two years.

According to the central bank chief, one of the reasons for raising the rate is to control liquidity ahead of the 2023 general elections as politicians would be expected to flood the system with cash in a bid to woo voters.

However, the other parameters were left unchanged by members at the gathering as the Asymmetric corridor remained around the MPR at +100/-700bps, the Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) at 27.5 per cent and the Liquidity Ratio (LR) at 30.0 per cent.

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Nigeria’s GDP Grows by 3.11% in Q1, What Next?

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By Lukman Otunuga

There are two ways one could interpret Nigeria’s latest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figure of 3.11% in Q1 of 2022.

The optimists will say the country’s economy grew for the sixth consecutive quarter in Q1 while pessimists may highlight how economic growth slowed for the third consecutive quarter.

Either way, Nigeria’s economy continues to display resilience against external and domestic risks. With the improvement in the non-oil sector driving growth, this may brighten the growth outlook. But could these be signs of Nigeria breaking away from the chains of oil reliance to derive growth from sustainable sources? It may be too early to come to any meaningful conclusion. However, the report is encouraging and illustrates progress made by the country in reclaiming stability post-Covid-19.

With economic conditions somewhat improving, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is unlikely to raise interest rates this week. Given how Africa’s largest economy has been able to maintain growth in the past six quarters on the back of loose monetary policies by the CBN, a rate hike could disrupt Nigeria’s economic recovery.

As the global war against inflation rages on, central banks are stepping up.

However, the CBN is likely to remain on the sidelines for now. Nevertheless, inflation is still a cause for concern with consumer prices accelerating for the third straight month to 16.82% in April 2022.

With the general elections around the corner, pre-election spending could translate to rising price pressures. On top of this, the widening policy divergence between the Federal Reserve and the CBN could punish the Naira.

It’s worth keeping in mind that the dollar remains heavily supported by aggressive Fed rate hike bets and is likely to remain strong for the rest of 2022. A powerful dollar is bad news for emerging market currencies including the Naira which continues to depreciate in both the official and unofficial markets.

Lukman Otunuga is the Senior Research Analyst at FXTM

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NGX All Share Index Weakens Further by 0.13%

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By Dipo Olowookere

The bearish sentiment on the floor of the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited continued on Monday as the bourse further depreciated by 0.13 per cent.

Sustained profit-taking especially in the industrial goods sector contributed to the decline suffered during the session as the All Share Index (ASI) slumped by 68.45 points to close at 52,911.51 points compared with the previous session’s 52,979.96 points.

As for the market capitalisation, it depreciated by N37 billion amid sell-offs in 24 stocks to settle at N28.525 trillion as against last Friday’s closing value of N28.562 trillion.

On the first trading day of this week, the insurance sector depleted by 2.32 per cent, the industrial goods sector fell by 0.09 per cent, while the energy, banking and consumer goods counters increased by 0.28 per cent, 0.10 per cent and 0.05 per cent respectively.

Presco led the losers’ chart yesterday with a price decline of 10.00 per cent to trade at N180.00, Global Spectrum Energy Services lost 9.97 per cent to finish at N3.07, Neimeth fell by 9.66 per cent to N1.59, UAC Nigeria depreciated by 8.33 per cent to N13.20, while NEM Insurance retreated by 7.74 per cent to N4.05.

The gainers’ log had 22 members on Monday, with Conoil leading after its value improved by 9.95 per cent to N34.25. MRS Oil gained 9.93 per cent to quote at N14.95, McNichols appreciated by 9.86 per cent to N2.34, Academy Press increased its price by 9.76 per cent to N1.35, while NPF Microfinance Bank expanded by 8.02 per cent to N2.02.

On the activity chart, a total of 263.3 million stocks worth N3.6 billion exchanged hands in 4,856 deals during the session compared with 436.6 million stocks worth N3.2 billion bought and sold in 4,716 deals in the preceding session. This implied that the volume of trades depreciated by 39.68 per cent, while the value of trades and the number of deals increased by 10.15 per cent and 2.97 per cent respectively.

Jaiz Bank closed the day as the most active stock with the sale of 114.0 million units valued at N101.8 million, GTCO transacted 12.9 million shares for N302.8 million, Transcorp exchanged 12.8 million stocks worth N16.7 million, Access Holdings traded 11.7 million equities valued at N115.7 million, while Zenith Bank sold 8.6 million shares for N207.0 million.

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