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Market Loses N12bn on Weak Investors’ Appetite for Banking Stocks



Banking Stocks

By Dipo Olowookere

Investors showed a weak appetite for banking stocks on the floor of the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited on Thursday and this had a substantial effect on the bourse at the close of transactions.

Business Post reports that the local stock market further depreciated by 0.04 per cent yesterday on the back of the 1.20 per cent loss suffered by the banking sector due to sell-offs in Zenith Bank, GTCO, Access Holdings, UBA, Ecobank and Wema Bank.

The depreciation reported by the counter watered down the gains printed by the insurance, energy, consumer goods and the industrial goods sectors, which closed higher by 1.47 per cent, 0.46 per cent, 0.13 per cent and 0.13 per cent respectively.

When the closing gong was struck by 2:30 pm to signify the end of trading on the bourse, the All Share Index (ASI) was down by 23.25 points to 53,170.73 points from 53,193.98 points, while the market capitalisation shrank by N12 billion to N28.665 trillion from N28.677 trillion.

It was observed that the exchange depreciated on Thursday amid an improvement in trading activity, with the volume of shares, the value of shares and the number of trades rising by 27.70 per cent, 79.36 per cent and 1.88 per cent respectively as a result of interests in AIICO Insurance, Transcorp, Lafarge Africa, Oando, FBN Holdings, MTN Nigeria and others.

This was because traders bought and sold 318.4 million shares worth N3.3 billion in 4,345 deals compared with the 249.0 million shares worth N1.9 billion in 4,265 deals transacted at the midweek session.

A breakdown indicated that Transcorp remained the most active stock as it traded 165.2 million units worth N225.9 million yesterday and was trailed by GTCO, which sold 22.2 million units valued at N493.1 million.

UBA traded 19.1 million equities valued at N148.6 million, FBN Holdings exchanged 13.3 million stocks worth N135.2 million, while Zenith Bank transacted 12.6 million shares worth N290.7 million.

Investor sentiment, as measured by the market breadth, remained weak on Thursday as the bourse finished with 15 price gainers and 17 price losers.

C&I Leasing was the worst-performing equity as its value declined by 8.57 per cent to N3.20, FTN Cocoa lost 8.33 per cent to trade at 33 kobo, Ikeja Hotel fell by 3.23 per cent to N1.20, GlaxoSmithKline depleted by 2.74 per cent to N7.10, while Zenith Bank depreciated by 2.35 per cent to N22.85.

Conversely, University Press ended the session as the best-performing stock with a price appreciation of 9.43 per cent to trade at N2.90, Cornerstone Insurance gained 8.93 per cent to sell for 61 kobo, Ellah Lakes improved by 7.89 per cent to N3.69, International Breweries rose by 4.23 per cent to N7.40, while Regency Assurance advanced by 3.70 per cent to 28 kobo.

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

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CitiTrust Lifts Over-the-Counter Bourse by 0.05%




By Adedapo Adesanya

CitiTrust Holdings Plc played the central role in lifting the National Association of Securities Dealer (NASD) Over-the-Counter (OTC) Securities Exchange by 0.05 per cent on Thursday, August 11.

This raised the NASD market capitalisation by N550 million yesterday to N1.007 trillion from the previous day’s N1.006 trillion as the NASD Unlisted Securities Index (NSI) went up by 0.41 points to wrap the session at 765.28 points compared with 764.87 points of the previous session.

On Thursday, the stock price of CitiTrust Holdings Plc rose by 55 Kobo to N11.90 per share from the N11.35 per share it was sold in the Wednesday session.

A look at the trading activity indicated that there was an 86.5 per cent increase in the volume of securities traded at the bourse yesterday to 111,021 units from the previous trading day’s 59,538 units.

However, the value of shares transacted by market participants went down by 41.7 per cent to N2.7 million from N4.6 million just as the number of trades reduced by 43.8 per cent to nine deals from the 16 deals executed a day earlier.

AG Mortgage Bank Plc remained the most traded stock by volume on a year-to-date basis with the sale of 2.3 billion units worth N1.2 billion, (Central Securities Clearing System) CSCS Plc stood in second place with the sale of 686.5 million units worth N14.2 billion, while Food Concepts Plc was in third place with the sale of 147.8 million units valued at N128.4 million.

Also, CSCS Plc was the most traded stock by value on a year-to-date basis with a turnover of 686.5 million units valued at N14.2 billion, VFD Group Plc was in second place with the sale of 11.1 million units worth N3.3 billion, while FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria Plc in third place has transacted 13.9 million units valued at N1.7 billion.

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Value of Naira Falls at P2P, I&E, Parallel Market Forex Scarcity Worsens



devalue naira

By Adedapo Adesanya

The Naira further weakened against the United States Dollar in the various segments of the foreign exchange (forex) as the scarcity of hard currencies is getting worse, putting pressure on the local currency.

In the Peer-to-Peer (P2P) segment, the Nigerian currency was battered by the Dollar by N6 or 0.87 per cent to settle at N696/$1 versus the previous day’s value of N690/$1 and in the Investors and Exporters (I&E) window, the domestic currency fell by N1.50 or 0.29 per cent to trade at N430.25/$1 in contrast to Wednesday’s value of N428.75/$1 as the turnover for the session stood at $58.37 million.

Also, in the parallel market, the Naira depreciated by N8 or N1.19 per cent to quote at N680/$1 compared with the previous day’s value of N672/$1 and in the interbank segment, the domestic currency lost N5.51 against the Pound Sterling to sell for N513.10/£1 in contrast to N507.59£1 and against the Euro, the Nigerian currency went down by N4.7 to close at N433.78/€1 versus the N429.08/€1 it was sold a day earlier.

In the cryptocurrency market, the bears maintained their grip as nine of the 10 tokens tracked by Business Post pointed south, with Solana (SOL) losing 4.1 per cent to sell at $42.94.

Cardano (ADA) recorded a 2.9 per cent fall to sell at $0.5288, Binance Coin (BNB) recorded a 2.9 per cent depreciation to trade at $323.25, TerraClassicUSD (USTC) retreated by 2.7 per cent to quote at $0.0292, Bitcoin (BTC) fell by 2.5 per cent to sell at $23,939.78, Ripple (XRP) recorded a 1.2 per cent loss to trade at $0.3769, Dogecoin (DOGE) depreciated by 1.7 per cent to trade at $0.0708, Litecoin (LTC) lost 0.9 per cent to settle at $61.68, while Ethereum (ETH) declined by 0.1 per cent to sell at $1,888.23.

However, the value of the US Dollar Tether (USDT) remained unchanged yesterday at $1.00.

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Crude Oil Jumps 2% as IEA Forecast 2022 Demand Growth



Crude Oil Export Sales

By Adedapo Adesanya

Prices of crude oil expanded by more than $2 on Thursday after the International Energy Agency (IEA) raised its demand growth forecast for this year.

Brent crude futures gained $2.20 or 2.3 per cent to settle at $99.60 a barrel while the United States West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures rose by $2.41 or 2.6 per cent to $94.34 per barrel.

Global crude oil demand will rise by 2.1 million barrels per day this year, the IEA said in the latest monthly edition of its flagship Oil Market Report, spurred by the switch from gas to oil for electricity generation.

The new number is 380,000 barrels per day higher than the previous monthly forecast. It also means that the IEA now expects global oil demand this year to average 99.7 million barrels daily.

Supply, according to the IEA, already exceeds demand, as it hit 100.5 million barrels per day last month, with production from the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies (OPEC+) adding 530,000 barrels per day in line with the production increase deal and non-OPEC+ output rising by 870,000 barrels per day.

“With several regions experiencing blazing heatwaves, the latest data confirm increased oil burn in power generation, especially in Europe and the Middle East but also across Asia,” the International Energy Agency said in its report. “Fuel switching is also taking place in European industry, including refining,” it said.

The agency also revised upwards its forecast for oil supply for the full year, noting a smaller than expected decline in Russian oil production and exports.

By contrast, OPEC cut its 2022 forecast for growth in world oil demand, citing the impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, high inflation, and efforts to contain the pandemic.

OPEC expects 2022 oil demand to rise by 3.1 million barrels per day, down 260,000 barrels per day from the previous forecast. It still sees a higher overall global oil demand figure than the IEA for 2022.

OPEC+, however, is not eager to tap into this effective spare capacity, which would diminish the group’s power to respond to market emergencies with increased production.

After OPEC+’s last meeting in early August, OPEC+ referred to its “severely limited” spare capacity, which should be used with “great caution in response to severe supply disruptions”, reinforcing the IEA’s predictions that additional OPEC+ output increases are unlikely in the coming months.

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