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Heavy Selloffs by Investors Crumble Nigerian Stocks by 1.24%

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By Dipo Olowookere

Nigerian stocks succumbed to heavy selloffs by investors on Friday, depreciating by 1.24 per cent at the close of transactions.

It was not the kind of final trading session of the week market participants had envisaged but most of them could not resist taking profits, which eventually crumbled the market.

Business Post reports that apart from the industrial goods sector, which closed 0.02 per cent higher and the consumer goods space, which closed flat, every other sector closed negative.

The insurance index was the worst with a decline of 1.72 per cent, followed by the banking sector, which lost 0.18 per cent and the energy counter, which went down by 0.13 per cent.

At the close of business, the All-Share Index (ASI) 475.68 points to 37,994.19 points from 38,469.87 points, while the market capitalisation dropped N247 billion to settle at N19.796 trillion in contrast to N20.043 trillion it closed on Thursday.

Data obtained from the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited showed that there were 20 price risers at the close of trading activities yesterday and 21 price decliners.

Airtel Africa was the heaviest loser with a decline of 9.99 per cent to close at N601.00. NAHCO went down by 9.65 per cent to N2.34, NEM Insurance fell by 9.09 per cent to N2.00, Regency Alliance declined by 8.16 per cent to 45 kobo, while Red Star Express crumbled by 6.04 per cent to N3.11.

On the flip side, FTN Cocoa was the biggest price gainer of the trading session as its value went up by 9.68 per cent to settle at 34 kobo.

John Holt gained 8.96 per cent to sell for 73 kobo, Unity Bank appreciated by 7.27 per cent to quote at 59 kobo, Neimeth gained 5.88 per cent to trade at N1.80, while Coronation Insurance appreciated by 5.36 per cent to 59 kobo.

On the activity chart, GT HoldCo was the most active stock as a result of the 31.0 million units of its shares traded for N909.7 million during the session.

Courtville transacted 22.2 million stocks worth N4.9 million, Chams traded 12.0 million shares for N2.4 million, Fidelity Bank transacted 11.5 million equities worth N26.6 million, while Transcorp exchanged 10.9 million shares for N10.2 million.

When the closing gong was hit by 2:30pm yesterday, a total of 241.8 million equities worth N2.7 billion were transacted in 3,819 deals compared with the 238.2 million equities worth N2.6 billion transacted in 3,927 deals on Thursday, showing that the trading volume rose by 1.51 per cent, the trading value grew by 4.85 per cent and the number of deals reduced by 2.75 per cent.

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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FG to Announce New Date for Postponed FAAC Meeting for May 2022

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By Aduragbemi Omiyale

The federal government has said it would announce a new date for the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) meeting for this month, which was shelved in a circular on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning released a statement to announce the postponement of the FAAC Meeting for May 2022 over certain circumstances connected with the arrest of the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), Mr Ahmed Idris.

Mr Idris, who is a key member of the FAAC team, is cooling off in the custody of the agency over an alleged N80 billion fraud. He is helping the EFCC in its investigation into the issue.

As a result of his arrest and suspension from office by the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, the meeting for this month was shelved.

In the circular signed by the Director of Home Finance at the Ministry, Mr Stephen Okon, the federal government assured that “the new date for the meetings will be forwarded to you in due course.”

The gathering, which is held to share revenue generated by the country in the previous month to the three tiers of government; federal, states and local governments, was earlier slated to take place this month on Wednesday, May 18 and Thursday, May 19, 2022.

But Mr Okon stated in the notice that, “I am directed to inform you that the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) meetings earlier scheduled to hold virtually on the 18th and 19th May 2022 have been postponed due to certain circumstances.”

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Bulls Return to Unlisted Securities Market on 0.21% Growth

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By Adedapo Adesanya

The NASD Over-the-Counter (OTC) Securities Exchange welcomed the bulls back into its fold on Thursday following a 0.21 per cent growth at the close of business.

The bulls were at the unlisted securities market yesterday at the invitation of Niger Delta Exploration and Production (NDEP) and Food Concepts Plc, which recorded price appreciations during the session.

NDEP Plc gained N10 or 4.6 per cent to close at N220.00 per share as against the N210.00 it closed at the last session, while Food Concepts Plc appreciated by 6 kobo or 6.5 per cent to close at 93 kobo per unit compared with 87 kobo per unit of the previous session.

The gains reported by the duo expanded the NASD unlisted securities index (NSI) by 1.66 points to 808.79 points from 807.12 points and equally increased the market capitalisation by N2.17 billion to N1.06 trillion from N1.05 billion.

At the market yesterday, the trading volume rose by 17,545.7 per cent as a total of 20.0 million units of shares exchanged hands compared with the 113,500 units of shares transacted on Wednesday.

In the same vein, the trading value rose by 749.3 per cent to N24.4 million from the previous day’s N2.9 million, while the number of trades went down by 28.6 per cent to five deals from seven deals.

AG Mortgage Bank Plc remained the most traded stock by volume on a year-to-date basis with 2.3 billion units valued at N1.2 billion, Central Securities Clearing System (CSCS) Plc stood in second place with 661.7 million units worth N13.9 billion, while Food Concepts Plc was in third place with 134.0 million units valued at N114.9 million.

In the same vein, CSCS Plc ended the session as the most active stock by value on a year-to-date basis with 661.7 million units worth N13.9 billion, VFD Group was in second place with 9.4 million units valued at N2.9 billion, while AG Mortgage Bank Plc in third place has transacted 2.3 billion units valued at N1.2 billion.

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Naira Drops 0.34% at P2P, 0.26% at Investors’ FX Segment

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By Adedapo Adesanya

The Naira depreciated against the Dollar at the Peer-to-Peer (P2P) segment of the foreign exchange (FX) market on Thursday by 0.34 per cent or N2 to trade at N615/$1 compared with the previous day’s N613/$1.

Also, at the Investors and Exporters (I&E) window, the Nigerian currency depreciated against the greenback yesterday by 0.26 per cent or N1.08 as it traded at N420.33/$1 in contrast to Wednesday’s closing value of N419.25/$1.

It was the second consecutive trading day that the local currency is coming under pressure amid disruption in the supply of forex to the market by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

The demand for FX is relatively high at the moment because politicians are trying to get foreign currencies to woo delegates to their sides to obtain tickets to contest in the 2023 general elections.

Data from the FMDQ Securities Exchange indicated that at the investors’ FX segment yesterday, transactions worth $75.56 million were executed, 62.47 per cent or $125.78 million lower than the $201.34 million achieved a day earlier.

However, at the interbank segment of the FX market, the domestic currency closed stronger against the Pound Sterling by 38 kobo to trade at N516.49/£1 versus N516.87/£1 and against the Euro, it gained 37 kobo to sell at N437.48/€1 versus the preceding session’s N437.11/€1.

At the cryptocurrency market, nine of the 10 tokens monitored by Business Post recovered, with the crisis-hit coin, TerraUSD (UST), further losing 21.4 per cent to quote at $0.07479.

Ripple (XRP) rose by 7.2 per cent to $0.432, Litecoin (LTC) gained 4.8 per cent to trade at $69.99, Cardano (ADA) appreciated by 4.6 per cent to sell at $0.5304, Binance Coin (BNB) grew by 4.2 per cent to trade at $307.16, while Ethereum (ETH) went up by 3.7 per cent to $2,017.41.

In addition, Bitcoin (BTC) jumped by 3.6 per cent to $30,086.44, Dogecoin (DOGE) moved higher by 2.6 per cent to trade at $0.0862, Solana (SOL) recorded a 1.5 per cent appreciation to sell at $51.09, while the United States Dollar Tether (USDT) gained 0.01 per cent to settle at $0.9989.

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