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MSCI Delays Downgrade of Nigeria to Stand-Alone Market

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MSCI Delays Downgrade of Nigeria to Stand-Alone Market

MSCI Delays Downgrade of Nigeria to Stand-Alone Market

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

Leading global provider of investment decision support tools, MSCI, has disclosed that it would delay its decision on the potential removal of the MSCI Nigeria Index from the MSCI Frontier Markets Index.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, the firm said it would now wait till November 2017 before making its decision known.

Explaining the rationale behind this, MSCI said it was “to allow more time for international institutional investors to better assess the effectiveness of the new FX trading window introduced by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).”

When it finally makes the announced in November this year, MSCI may downgrade the MSCI Nigeria Index to Stand-Alone Market status.

At the moment, Botswana, Ghana and Zimbabwe are the African countries in the category.

In the present category Nigeria is in, the MSCI Frontier Markets Index, Kenya, Mauritius, Morocco and Tunisia are the Africa nations also in the group.

On April 21, 2017, the CBN introduced a new FX trading window for investors and exporters aimed to facilitate the repatriation of capital.

To date, investors seem to be cautiously optimistic on the effectiveness of this new window but still require more time to test it further.

As a reminder, the central bank pegged the local currency to the US Dollar in the first half of 2015, resulting in a sharp decline in liquidity on the foreign exchange market, particularly at the beginning 2016.

Hence, the ability of international institutional investors to repatriate capital has been significantly impaired to a point where the investability of the Nigerian equity market is being questioned.

Modupe Gbadeyanka is a fast-rising journalist with Business Post Nigeria. Her passion for journalism is amazing. She is willing to learn more with a view to becoming one of the best pen-pushers in Nigeria. Her role models are the duo of CNN's Richard Quest and Christiane Amanpour.

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Naira Tumbles at I&E, P2P, Stable at Parallel Market

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By Adedapo Adesanya

The Naira weakened against the American Dollar at the Peer-to-Peer (P2P) and the Investors and Exporters (I&E) segments of the foreign exchange market (FX) on Monday, February 6, as the country continues to face a cash crunch but maintained stability in the parallel market window.

At the P2P arm of the forex market, the Nigerian currency tumbled against the greenback by N1 yesterday to close at N761/$1 versus the N760/$1 it was sold last Friday.

Also, at the I&E wing of the FX market, the local currency lost 67 Kobo or 0.15 per cent against the US currency to end the first session of the week at N462.17/$1, in contrast to the preceding session’s value of N461.50/$1.

However, in the interbank segment, the Naira appreciated against the Pound Sterling by N12.92 to close at N555.40£1 compared with N568.32/£1 as the Bank of England and the European Central Bank raised interest rates last Thursday and provided guidance suggesting it was nearing the end of its rate hiking cycle.

In the same vein, the domestic currency gained N12.92 N10.82 on the Euro to settle at N496.32/€1 compared with the previous trading session’s value of N507.14/€1.

In the black market, the Naira maintained stability against the United States Dollar, remaining unchanged at N753/$1.

Meanwhile, the crypto space was bearish yesterday as the bullish momentum witnessed last week begin to wear off after last Friday’s stronger-than-expected US non-farm payrolls report, which made investors question the US Federal Reserve’s view that inflation has peaked.

Cardano (ADA) went down by 1.9 per cent to trade at $0.3865, Solana (SOL) depreciated by 1.6 per cent to $23.03, Dogecoin (DOGE) fell by 1.3 per cent to $0.0905, Ripple (XRP) lost 0.8 per cent to trade at $0.3947, Bitcoin (BTC) slid by 0.3 per cent to $22,865.03, and Ethereum (ETH) declined by 0.02 per cent to sell at $1,627.56.

But Litecoin (LTC) went up by 2.8 per cent to $98.69, as Binance Coin (BNB) climbed higher by 0.1 per cent to $326.28, while Binance USD (BUSD) and the US Dollar Tether (USDT) closed flat at $1.00 each.

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Oil Prices Rise as Earthquakes Hit Turkey, Syria

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By Adedapo Adesanya

Oil prices rose on Monday, buoyed by supply concerns following earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.

Brent crude futures rose 46 cents or 0.6 per cent to $80.40 a barrel, as the United States West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures jumped by 20 cents or 0.3 per cent to $73.59 a barrel.

Massive earthquakes that struck Turkey and Syria on Monday halted operations at Turkey’s major oil export hub in Ceyhan and stopped key crude oil flows from Iraq and Azerbaijan, officials said.

It has been regarded as the worst tremor to strike Turkey this century and was followed in the early afternoon by another large quake of magnitude 7.7.

The Tribeca shipping agency said in a notice that the BTC terminal at Ceyhan that exports Azeri crude oil will be closed through Wednesday pending damage assessments. Azerbaijan uses the Turkish port of Ceyhan as its main crude export hub, with a flow of about 650,000 barrels per day.

According to Reuters, following Monday’s earthquake, Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) also halted flows through the pipeline it operates that runs from Iraq’s northern Kirkuk fields to Ceyhan, the region’s ministry of natural resources (MNR) said.

The KRG had been pumping 400,000 barrels per day, and Iraq’s federal government was pumping 75,000 barrels per day through the pipeline.

It was also reported that oil exports would resume after a “careful inspection of the pipelines is finalised,” the MNR said in a statement.

Also supporting prices was the prospect for China’s recovery after the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions continued to drive the value of the commodity.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) expects half of this year’s global oil demand growth to come from China. The agency’s chief, Mr Fatih Birol, disclosed this on Sunday, adding that jet fuel demand was surging.

“If demand goes up very strongly, if the Chinese economy rebounds, then there will be a need, in my view, for the OPEC+ countries to look at their (output) policies,” Mr Birol said, referring to a call of action for the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies, OPEC+.

The 23-man group decided to cut output by 2 million barrels a day from November through 2023 instead of pumping more to cut fuel prices and help the global economy, as the US advised.

Also, price caps on Russian products took effect on Sunday, with Group of Seven (G7) nations, the European Union and Australia agreeing on price limits of $100 a barrel on diesel and other products that trade at a premium to crude and $45 a barrel for products that trade at a discount, such as fuel oil.

The price ceilings, together with an EU ban on Russian oil product imports, are part of a broader agreement among the Group of Seven (G7) countries. It follows a $60 per barrel cap on Russian crude that G7 countries imposed on December 5 as the G7, the EU and Australia seek to limit the country’s ability to fund its war in Ukraine.

Both caps prohibit Western insurance, shipping and other companies from financing, insuring, trading, brokering or carrying cargoes of Russian crude and oil products unless they were bought at or below the set price caps.

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NGX Upgrades Price Stock Group of Eterna

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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.

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