By Dipo Olowookere
Investors at the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited are already putting an eye on Thomas Wyatt as its share price increased by 52.58 per cent last week.
Business Post reports that Thomas Wyatt shares ended the trading week at N1.48 per unit, in contrast to the 97 Kobo per unit it finished in the preceding week. Its value at N1.48 is its 52-week high.
It has been keenly observed that Thomas Wyatt has maintained an upward trajectory since the NGX Regulation lifted the embargo it placed on the company in October after it filed its results. The details of its earnings may have caught the attention of value investors, who believe the stock should be trading higher than its price.
Last week, it topped the gainers’ chart of 51 members, higher than 38 members in the previous week, with Chams following with a 17.39 per cent appreciation to close at 27 Kobo. ABC Transport rose by 16.00 per cent to 29 Kobo, Livestock Feeds gained 15.04 per cent to N1.30, and Mutual Benefits increased by 14.29 per cent to 32 Kobo.
During the week, 27 stocks were on the losers’ log compared with 17 stocks in the preceding week, as Chellarams suffered the heaviest loss after it went down by 33.66 per cent to N1.34. Royal Exchange fell by 10.78 per cent to 91 Kobo, Abbey Mortgage Bank declined by 10.00 per cent to N1.53, NEM Insurance depreciated by 10.00 per cent to N4.05, and Cornerstone Insurance depleted by 8.33 per cent to 55 Kobo.
In the week, a total of 79 equities remained unchanged, in contrast to the 102 equities recorded in the earlier trading week.
An analysis of the performance of the exchange showed that the All-Share Index (ASI) and the market capitalisation appreciated by 2.52 per cent each to 52,512.48 points and N28.602 trillion, respectively.
Similarly, apart from the insurance and growth indices, which depreciated by 1.64 per cent and 4.40 per cent apiece, all other indices finished higher, while the ASeM and sovereign bond indices closed flat.
As for the activity chart, it was mixed as traders transacted 1.286 billion shares worth N29.634 billion in 19,816 deals, in contrast to the 921.856 million shares worth N27.154 billion traded in 15,601 deals a week earlier.
As usual, the financial services sector dominated with a turnover of 952.237 million shares valued at N9.728 billion in 9,647 deals, contributing 74.07 per cent and 32.83 per cent to the total trading volume and value, respectively.
It was trailed by the industrial goods space with 92.864 million shares worth N8.510 billion in 1,682 deals, and the conglomerates industry with a turnover of 54.568 million shares worth N96.654 million in 754 deals.
A further breakdown showed that FBN Holdings, Sterling Bank, and GTCO were the busiest equities in the five-day trading week as they transacted 507.852 million units worth N5.707 billion in 2,585 deals, contributing 39.50 per cent and 19.26 per cent to the total trading volume and value, respectively.
NGX Upgrades Price Stock Group of Eterna
By Dipo Olowookere
The price stock group of Eterna Plc has been moved upward by the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited, Business Post reports.
In a regulatory notice on Monday, the bourse noted that it upgraded the stock category of the energy company from a low-price stock group to a medium-price stock group.
This action, according to the exchange, was necessitated after the stability in the price of the company’s equities within four of the last six months in the new price category, in line with its price methodology framework.
“Equity securities of quoted companies on the exchange (NGX) are classified into three stock price groups or categories; high-priced, medium-priced, and low-priced stocks, based on their market price.
“In this regard, securities must have traded for at least four out of the most recent six-month period within a stock price group’s specified price band to be classified into the category.
“Accordingly, a review of Eternal Plc stock price and trade activities over the most recent six-month period provides the basis for reclassifying the security from the low-priced stock group to the medium-priced stock group.
“This reclassification also necessitates the attendant change in the tick size change from N0.01 kobo to N0.05 kobo, in line with Rule 15.29: Pricing Methodology, Rulebook of the exchange, 2015 (trading license holders’ rules),” the statement from the platform stated.
Unlisted Securities Investors Gain N18.29bn in Five Days
By Dipo Olowookere
It was another positive week for unlisted securities investors in Nigeria as they smiled home with N18.29 billion last week on the floor of the NASD over-the-counter (OTC) Securities Exchange.
This was buoyed by the 1.98 per cent week-on-week growth recorded by the alternative bourse in the country during the five-day trading week, which had five stocks closing on the gainers’ chart, with none on the opposite table.
Data harvested by Business Post indicated that FrieslandCampina Wamco Nigeria appreciated by 10.44 per cent to settle at N69.00 per unit. UBN Property Gain 7.14 per cent to trade at 75 Kobo per share, Niger Delta Exploration and Production improved by 6.95 per cent to N200.00 per unit, Geo-Fluids rose by 6.12 per cent to N1.04 per share, and Central Securities Clearing System (CSCS) increased by 3.85 per cent to N13.50 per unit.
In the week, the volume of trades declined by 35.51 per cent to 24.5 million units from 62.6 million units, the number of deals went down by 12.82 per cent to 66 deals from the preceding week’s 71 deals, while the value of transactions increased by 122.48 per cent to N96.6 million from N87.6 million.
The most active security for the week by volume was Geo-Fluids, with the sale of 20.0 million units, followed by UBN Property with 3.4 million units. FrieslandCampina traded 581,021 units, CSCS transacted 375,512 units, and VFD Group exchanged 111,104 units.
However, the most active equity by value for the week was FrieslandCampina, with a sale of N38.5 million. VFD Group recorded N27.2 million, Geo-Fluids traded N20.7 million, CSCS transacted 5.1 million, and UBN Property traded N2.6 million.
Data showed that the NASD unlisted securities index (NSI) increased in the week by 13.92 points to 717.15 points from 703.23 points, as the market capitalisation grew by N18.29 billion to N942.35 billion from N924.06 billion.
Nigeria’s External Reserves Shed 0.14% to $37.020bn
By Aduragbemi Omiyale
In one week, Nigeria’s external reserves depreciated by a marginal 0.14 per cent to $37.020 billion from $37.070 billion in the preceding week.
Data obtained by Business Post from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) disclosed that the balance in the coffers was as of Thursday, February 2, 2023.
The FX balance in the country’s purse was supposed to expand during this period when prices of crude oil were relatively stable, but this has not been the case because of low production.
Nigeria relies heavily on the sale of crude oil to earn forex, which is currently scarce in the country, putting the Naira under pressure.
The federal government has blamed low crude oil output on the theft of the commodity and has promised to make efforts to address the issue.
Recall that in August 2022, Nigeria’s crude oil production plunged below one million barrels per day (972,394 bpd), the lowest ever in several years.
However, according to the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), the output improved by 171,000 barrels per day in November to 1.186mbpd, though about 700,000 barrels per day less than its quota for the month.
The Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, said the federal government plans to improve the country’s crude oil production to 1.6 million barrels per day by the first quarter of 2023.
It is believed that this would boost the FX earnings of the nation and bolster the reserves and the local currency in the foreign exchange market.
Last week, the Nigerian Naira depreciated against the United States Dollar on a week-on-week basis by 25 Kobo or 0.05 per cent to N461.50/$1 compared with the preceding week’s N461.75/$1.
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