By Dipo Olowookere
The huge appetite for the shares of Zenith Bank and Sterling Bank extended the rally at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Monday by 0.39 per cent.
Investors are mopping up the banks’ stocks, especially Sterling Bank, because of its decision to operate as a holding company, which is expected to bring more value to the company as a result of the additional revenue to be generated by the expanded business.
During trading yesterday, Zenith Bank transacted 90.9 million units of its stocks worth N1.6 billion, while Sterling Bank exchanged 82.3 million equities valued at N98.8 million.
UBA traded 56.7 million shares for N344.4 million, FBN Holdings sold 34.6 million stocks worth N183.0 million, while FCMB exchanged 24.5 million stocks for N51.3 million.
Business Post reports that at the close of business, a total of 413.1 million shares worth N4.5 million were traded by investors in 4,681 deals as against the 336.8 million equities worth N4.0 billion transacted the previous day in 4,602 deals, indicating 22.64 per cent, 12.38 per cent and 1.72 per cent growth in the trading volume, value and number of deals respectively.
The market breadth ended positive yesterday with 14 price gainers and 10 price losers and Seplat emerged as the highest gainer with N2 added to its share price to sell at N400 per unit.
BUA Cement gained N1.35 to trade at N41.75 per unit, MTN Nigeria appreciated by N1 to quote at N127.50 per share, Dangote Sugar grew by 20 kobo to N12.50 per unit, while Zenith Bank gained 20 kobo to settle at N17.50 per share.
On the losers’ chart, Lafarge Africa topped the table with a drawback of N1 to close at N15 per share and was trailed by eTranzact, which lost 26 kobo to settle at N2.35 per unit.
FBN Holdings depreciated by 15 kobo to close at N5.20 per share, Ardova went down by 10 kobo to sell for N11 per share, while Learn Africa dropped 7 kobo to trade at N1.07 per unit.
Again, all the five major sub-sectors of the market closed positive on Tuesday, with the industrial goods leading after appreciating by 0.83 per cent.
The banking sector gained 0.40 per cent, the energy counter grew 0.26 per cent, the insurance space appreciated by 0.24 per cent, while the consumer goods space rose by 0.07 per cent.
It was observed by Business Post that the market capitalisation of the NSE is preparing to reach N14 trillion. Yesterday, it gained N55 billion to close at N13.908 trillion versus the previous N13.853 trillion.
For the All-Share Index (ASI), which reached the 26,000 region recently, it gained 104.12 points on Tuesday to finish at 26,611.96 points as against 26,507.84 points it closed on Monday.
Investors Gain N1.09bn as NASD Share Price Rises 9.1%
By Adedapo Adesanya
The unlisted securities market closed the last trading session of the week on a positive note after it appreciated by 0.18 per cent on the back of growth in the share price of NASD Plc.
Business Post reports that the NASD Over-the-Counter (OTC) Securities Exchange returned to the bulls’ territory on Friday after it closed flat on Thursday.
NASD Plc was the major driver of the return of the bourse to the green region as its value went up during the session by N2.45 or 9.1 per cent to close at N26.99 per unit in contrast to N24.54 per unit it closed at the previous session.
As a result of this, the NASD unlisted security index (NSI) moved up by 1.32 points to 745.44 points from 744.12 points, while the market capitalisation gained N1.09 billion to wrap the day at N615.86 billion in contrast to the previous day’s N614.77 billion.
On the activity chart, there was an improvement as the trading volume surged by 34,985.6 per cent because of the 2.3 million units of shares exchanged by market participants compared with the 6,688 units transacted at the previous session.
In the same vein, the trading value rose by 17,680.6 per cent to N63.4 million from the previous day’s N356,563.60, while the number of deals witnessed a 100 per cent rise as investors carried out 12 deals compared to the six deals executed at the previous session.
At the close of trades, Food Concepts Plc was the most traded stock by volume (year-to-date) with 11.4 billion units of its shares worth N14.4 billion, Lighthouse Financial Service Plc followed with 1.1 billion units valued at N546.2 million, while Geo Fluids Plc was in third place with 1.0 billion units worth N700.1 million.
Food Concepts Plc was also the most traded stock by value on a year-to-date basis with 11.4 billion units worth N14.4 billion, trailed by Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Group Plc with 456.4 million units valued at N9.2 billion, VFD Group Plc with 10.4 million units valued at N3.5 billion.
Naira Trades N414.73/$1 as Cryptos Bleed Heavily
By Adedapo Adesanya
The Naira appreciated against the US Dollar at the Investors and Exporters (I&E) window of the foreign exchange (forex) market by 0.02 per cent or 7 kobo on Friday, December 4.
Data showed that the local currency was sold for N414.73/$1 at the investors’ window yesterday compared with the N414.80/$1 it traded on Thursday.
At the final trading session of the week, the turnover was $103.01 million as against $139.67 million achieved at the preceding session, indicating a $36.66 million or 26.62 per cent decline.
Also, the exchange rate of the Naira to the United States currency recorded a movement on Friday, though downward as the Nigerian currency depreciated by 4 kobo as it closed at N411.74/$1 versus the preceding day’s N411.70/$1.
The local currency, however, appreciated by N2.17 against the British Pound Sterling to settle at N546.26/£1 compared to N548.43/£1 it traded at the previous trading session and 57 kobo against the Euro to trade at N465.68/€1 compared to the preceding day’s N466.25/€1.
At the cryptocurrency market, investors counted a heavy loss as the new variant of the coronavirus called Omicron and hawkish comments by the US Federal Reserve that it could raise interest rates have raised serious concerns, causing cryptos to bleed heavily.
The heaviest loss was suffered by Dash (DASH), which plunged by 35.3 per cent to sell for N66,595.85. Ripple (XRP) depreciated 30.6 per cent to trade at N381.85, while Litecoin (LTC) sold for N66,595.85 after declining by 24.1 per cent.
Dogecoin (DOGE) went down by 22.7 per cent to sell at N90.29, Cardano (ADA) depreciated by 20.8 per cent to N652.82, Bitcoin (BTC) depleted by 16.9 per cent to quote at N26,800,504.20, Ethereum (ETH) equally saw a 16.9 per cent depreciation to trade at N2,100,100.39, Binance Coin (BNB) recorded a 12.9 per cent depreciation to trade at N218,577.24, Tron (TRX) went down by 12.7 per cent to trade at N48.00, while the US Dollar Tether (USDT) recorded a 0.1 per cent marginal loss to sell for N554.76.
Crude Mixed as Market Remains Unsettled by Omicron Jitters
By Adedapo Adesanya
Crude prices closed mixed on Friday, December 3 after erasing earlier big gains on growing worries that rising coronavirus cases and a new variant could reduce global oil demand.
Brent crude gained 21 cents or 0.3 per cent to trade at $69.88 per barrel while on the other hand, the United States West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude lost 24 cents or 0.36 per cent to sell at $66.26 per barrel.
Both benchmarks declined for a sixth week in a row for the first time since November 2018.
Oil prices had witnessed one of the most troubled weeks as the market reeled from the fear brought about by the Omicron variant of the coronavirus with speculations that it could spark new lockdowns and dent fuel demand.
The World Health Organization (WHO) urged countries to vaccinate their people to fight the virus, saying travel curbs were not the answer.
Even with this, the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies (OPEC+) surprised the market on Thursday when it stuck to its plans to add 400,000 barrels per day supply in January.
However, it said it will continue to monitor the market and this could make it change course if demand suffered from measures to contain the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant.
The alliance said they could meet again before their next scheduled meeting on January 4.
Analysts noted that with the coronavirus cases rising, the US jobs report for November also didn’t help demand outlook even as the unemployment rate plunged to a 21-month low of 4.2 per cent, suggesting the country’s labour market was rapidly tightening.
US employment growth slowed considerably in November amid job losses at retailers and in local government education.
Meanwhile, in Vienna, diplomats attempting to restore the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers face substantial challenges that need urgent solutions, the top European envoy said Friday. Talks are set to resume next week.
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