By Dipo Olowookere
Oando Plc closed Friday’s session on the floor of the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited as the highest price gainer after its equity value rose by 9.94 per cent to N5.86.
The news that the energy firm was holding a board meeting to consider its financial statements may have triggered a renewed interest in the company’s equities, causing the stock market to extend its rally by 0.49 per cent at the close of transactions.
Business Post reports that a total of 36 shares appreciated in value yesterday as Eterna gained 9.92 per cent to trade at N6.65, Meyer rose by 9.91 per cent to N2.33, Lafarge Africa improved by 9.89 per cent to N25.55, while Ikeja Hotel appreciated by 9.30 per cent to N1.41.
When the market ended for the session, a total of 18 equities shed weight, with Academy Press losing 10.00 per cent to settle at N1.17. RT Briscoe fell by 8.62 per cent to 53 kobo, Royal Exchange dropped 4.95 per cent to quote at 96 kobo, Caverton declined by 4.07 per cent to N1.18, while Sovereign Trust Insurance depleted by 4.00 per cent to 24 kobo.
On the activity chart, Fidelity Bank ended the day as the most actively traded stock with the sale of 47.2 million units valued at N187.0 million, trailed by Sovereign Trust Insurance, which sold 44.1 million units worth N10.6 million. Zenith Bank exchanged 39.9 million equities worth N990.3 million, Transcorp traded 24.2 million shares for N24.5 million, while Access Holdings transacted 21.7 million stocks for N212.3 million.
A total of 342.1 million shares worth N3.9 billion exchanged hands in 4,976 deals yesterday compared with the 244.7 million shares worth N3.2 billion transacted in 4,859 deals a day earlier, indicating an increase in the trading volume, value and number of deals by 39.82, 22.35 per cent and 2.41 per cent respectively.
Data showed that apart from the insurance sector, which fell by 0.15 per cent, every other sector closed bullish, with the banking space growing by 2.93 per cent, the energy index rising by 1.66 per cent, the consumer goods counter appreciating by 0.76 per cent and the industrial goods landscape improving by 0.62 per cent.
As for the All-Share Index (ASI), it moved up by 235.79 points to 48,459.65 points from 48,223.86 points, while the market capitalisation rose by N127 billion to N26.125 trillion from N25.998 trillion.
19.2% Ease in FX Trades Bolsters Naira by 0.01% at I&E
By Adedapo Adesanya
A 19.2 per cent moderation in the value of foreign exchange (forex) transactions recorded at the Investors and Exporters (I&E) window of the FX market helped the Naira with extra weight to push down the value of the Dollar by 0.01 per cent or 5 kobo on Friday, June 24.
According to data obtained by Business Post from the FMDQ Securities Exchange, the exchange rate of the Naira to the Dollar at the market window was N420.12/$1 in contrast to N420.17/$1 it closed on Thursday.
The value of FX trades at the window was $162.98 million, $38.83 million lower than the $201.81 million achieved in the preceding trading day.
At the Peer-to-Peer (P2P) segment, the local currency further appreciated against the American currency by 0.32 per cent or N2 to trade at N618/$1 compared with the N620/$1 it was traded a day earlier.
But at the interbank window of the market, the Naira depreciated against the British Pound Sterling by N1.96 to trade at N510.02/£1 versus the preceding session’s N508.06/£1 and slid by N1.04 against the Euro to close the day at N437.60/€1 compared with N436.56/€1 of the previous day.
Meanwhile, the recovery recorded by TerraClassicUSD (USTC) in the cryptocurrency market on Thursday appeared to be short-lived as it lost 11.5 per cent on Friday to trade at $0.0100.
It was the only digital coin of the 10 tokens tracked by this newspaper to shed weight yesterday as Solana (SOL) posted a 10.3 per cent growth to settle at $42.28.
Ethereum (ETH) went up by 7.4 per cent to sell at $1,236.08, Dogecoin (DOGE) appreciated by 6.2 per cent to trade at $0.0691, Binance Coin (BNB) jumped by 4.3 per cent after a deal with Cristiano Ronaldo to quote at $241.40, Bitcoin (BTC) recorded a 2.7 per cent rise to trade at $21,508.22, Cardano (ADA) jumped by 2.6 per cent to $0.5053, Litecoin (LTC) leapt by 0.6 per cent to $57.02, Ripple (XRP) recorded a 0.07 per cent rise to trade at $0.3718, while the US Dollar Tether (USDT) gained 0.01 per cent to sell for $0.9995.
NASD Exchange Closes Last Day of the Week 0.42% Higher
By Adedapo Adesanya
The last trading session of the week on the NASD Over-the-Counter (OTC) Securities Exchange closed on a positive note on Friday by 0.42 per cent.
This was influenced by the gains recorded by Niger Delta Exploration and Production (NDEP) Plc and Central Securities Clearing System (CSCS) Plc.
NDEP grew during the day by N18 or 10 per cent to close at N198.00 per unit compared to the previous day’s N180.00 per unit, while CSCS Plc rose by 20 kobo or 1.37 per cent to close at N14.80 per unit as against the N14.60 per unit it was previously sold.
At the end of the day’s trading, the NASD Unlisted Securities Index (NSI) gained 3.24 points to settle at 768.27 points compared with the earlier day’s 765.03 points.
In the same trend, the bourse’s market capitalisation closed at N1.011 trillion as investors expanded the total value of securities on the platform by N4.27 billion. On Thursday, the market capitalisation stood at N1.007 billion.
At the market, the total volume of shares bought and sold by investors increased by 251.7 per cent to 323,519 units from 91,997 units, the total value of transactions appreciated by 53.1 per cent to N8.9 million from N5.8 million, while the total number of trades went down by 15.4 per cent to 11 deals from 13 deals.
AG Mortgage Bank Plc finished the trading week as the most traded stock by volume on a year-to-date basis with the sale of 2.3 billion units worth N1.2 billion, CSCS Plc also retained the second spot with the sale of 674.2 million units valued at N14.1 billion, while Food Concepts Plc was in third place for trading 146.0 million units valued at N126.7 million.
In the same vein, CSCS Plc maintained its position as the most active stock by value on a year-to-date basis with a turnover of 674.2 million units valued at N14.1 billion, VFD Group Plc was in second place with 10.9 million units worth N3.2 billion, while FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria Plc retained the third place with the sale of 9.6 million units valued at N1.2 billion.
Oil Market Jumps 3% on Tighter Supply
By Adedapo Adesanya
The oil market improved by about 3 per cent on Friday, supported by tighter supply, with the Brent crude futures growing by $3.07 or 2.8 per cent to $113.12 a barrel and the US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures expanding by $3.35 or 3.2 per cent to $107.62.
Despite the bullish news on Friday, the black gold notched its second weekly decline on concerns that rising interest rates could push the world economy into recession.
The already tight market was further impacted as crude production dropped 45 per cent in less than a decade, currently averaging 275,000 barrels per day as protests of indigenous nationalities of Ecuador demanding fuel subsidies saw them invade and vandalize at least a dozen of oil fields and risk pipeline supply to the country’s ports.
Indigenous leaders have presented the government of President Guillermo Lasso with a list of 10 demands, including a freeze on national gas prices, greater investments in education and healthcare, and more jobs.
In an unprecedented turn of events, the world’s most-watched oil data report on inventories from the US was not released this week due to a power problem.
The Energy Information Administration (EIA) hopes to shed more light on the reasons for the delay next Monday.
Meanwhile, the US Federal Reserve’s unconditional focus on taming inflation continues to squeeze speculators out of the Brent and WTI futures contracts.
The US Federal Reserve Chair, Mr Jerome Powell, said the central bank’s focus on curbing inflation was “unconditional”, adding to fears about more interest rate hikes.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine exacerbated tight supplies this year just as demand has been recovering from the COVID pandemic.
Crude has also gained support from the almost total shutdown of output in OPEC member Libya due to unrest.
On Thursday, the Libyan oil minister said the National Oil Corporation (NOC) chairman was withholding production data from him, raising doubts over figures issued last week.
The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies, known as OPEC+, meet on June 30 and are expected to stick to a plan to only slightly accelerate hikes in oil production in July and August.
US energy firms added oil and natural gas rigs for a second week in a row in a record 23-month streak of increases, as high crude prices and prodding by the government prompted drillers to return to the wellpad.
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