By Dipo Olowookere
The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has announced the results of its annual full year market index review, leading to the entry and exit of major companies from several indices which will take effect when the market opens on Wednesday, January 2, 2020.
A statement issued by the local bourse and made available to Business Post on Tuesday said the review was for the NSE 30, NSE Lotus Islamic, NSE Pension, Corporate Governance Index, Afrinvest Bank Value Index, Afrinvest Dividend Yield Index, Meristem Growth Index, Meristem Value Index; and the five sectoral indices of the exchange; NSE Banking, NSE Insurance, NSE Industrial, NSE Consumer Goods and NSE Oil & Gas.
For the NSE 30 Index, CCNN, FCMB and MTN Nigeria were added, while Forte Oil, Oando, PZ Industries were removed. The NSE Insurance Index had Cornerstone Insurance and Sunu Assurances Nigeria Plc joining, with Veritas Kapital Assurance and Continental Insurance exiting.
Premier Paints was added to the NSE Industrial Index, while Notore Chemical was removed as MTN Nigeria was included to the NSE Pension Index and GlaxoSmithKline removed.
NSE Lotus Islamic Index has MTN Nigeria and Forte Oil joining the list with GlaxoSmithKline, CAP and Presco exiting. In addition, the Corporate Governance Index has MTN Nigeria as its new member, which no company was removed.
In the statement, it was stated that Meristem Growth Index now has Cadbury Nigeria, CAP, Dangote Cement, Ecobank, May & Baker, UAC-Properties, Wapic Insurance and Zenith Bank as new members, while the trio of Access Bank, Dangote Sugar and Flour Mills are leaving.
The Meristem Value Index has CCNN, Conoil, Custodian Insurance, Forte Oil, GlaxoSmithKline, NAHCO and NASCON joining, while Dangote Cement, GTBank and Wapic Insurance are quitting the index.
No company is joining or leaving the NSE Consumer Goods Index, NSE Banking Index, NSE Oil & Gas Index, Afrinvest Bank Value Index and Afrinvest Div Yield Index.
Business Post reports that the indices were developed to allow investors follow market movements and properly manage investment portfolios. Designed using the market capitalization methodology, the indices are rebalanced on a semi-annual basis on the first business day in January and in July.
The Nigerian bourse began publishing the NSE 30 Index in February 2009 with index values available from January 1, 2007. On July 1, 2008, the NSE developed five sectoral indices with a base value of 1,000 points, designed to provide investable benchmarks to capture the performance of specific sectors.
The sectoral indices comprise the top fifteen most capitalized and liquid companies in the Insurance and Consumer Goods sectors; the top ten most capitalized and liquid companies in the Banking and Industrial Goods sector; and the top seven most capitalized and liquid companies in the Oil & Gas sector.
The exchange in collaboration with issuers like Lotus Capital, Meristem Securities and Afrinvest have also published co-branded indices.
Naira Now N617/$ at Peer-to-Peer, N605/$1 at Parallel Market
By Adedapo Adesanya
The Naira appreciated by N1 or 0.16 per cent against the United States Dollar at the Peer-to-Peer (P2P) window of the foreign exchange (FX) market on Monday to close at N624/$1 compared with last Friday’s N618/$1.
At the parallel market, according to data harvested by Business Post from the various traders of forex on the streets of Lagos, the Nigerian currency was exchanged against its American counterpart at N605/$1.
At the interbank market, the local currency appreciated against the Pound Sterling by 20 kobo to trade at N509.82/£1 versus the preceding session’s N510.02/£1 but against the Euro, it lost N1.89 to sell for N439.49/€1 compared with last session’s value of N437.60/€1.
Also, at the Investors and Exporters (I&E) segment, which is the official market, the Naira recorded a 0.21 per cent or 88 kobo loss against the American Dollar as it was sold at N421/$1 in contrast to last Friday’s N420.12/$1.
The domestic currency was weakened despite a $10.02 million or 6.1 per cent slide in the turnover for the trading day as forex worth $152.96 million exchanged hands compared with the $162.98 million recorded in the preceding session.
Meanwhile, the cryptocurrency market saw the value of TerraClassicUSD (USTC) rising by 33.0 per cent yesterday to $0.0191 as other digital coins monitored by this newspaper struggled for life.
Dogecoin (DOGE) depreciated by 7.2 per cent to trade at $0.0695, Solana (SOL) recorded a 6.4 per cent slide to sell at $37.38, Ripple (XRP) went down by 6.0 per cent to trade at $0.3429, while Litecoin (LTC) followed with a 5.9 per cent depreciation to quote at $54.41.
Further, Cardano (ADA) slumped by 3.8 per cent to settle at $0.4798, Ethereum (ETH) suffered a 3.6 per cent loss to trade at $1,174.74, Bitcoin (BTC) recorded a 2.3 per cent retreat to sell at $20,642.92, Binance Coin (BNB) declined by 1.7 per cent to finish at $232.0, while the US Dollar Tether (USDT) moderated by 0.05 per cent to sell for $0.999.
Crude Oil Rises as G7 Nations Move to Sanction Russian Energy
By Adedapo Adesanya
Crude oil traded higher on Monday as investors waited for any moves against Russian energy exports that might come out of a meeting of leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) nations in Germany.
The seven wealthy nations – the US, Canada, Italy, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Japan – on Monday vowed to stand with Ukraine “for as long as it takes”, promising to tighten the squeeze on Russia’s finances with new sanctions that include a proposal to cap the price of Russian oil.
Imposing the oil price cap aims to hit Russian President Vladimir Putin’s finances to the war in Ukraine while actually lowering energy prices.
This development caused the price of Brent crude to rise by $1.23 or 1.07 per cent to $116.32 per barrel and jerked the United States West Texas Intermediate crude up by $1.24 or 1.13 per cent to $110.79 per barrel.
Yesterday, the US said the dual objectives of G7 leaders have been to take direct aim at Mr Putin’s revenues, particularly through energy, but also to minimize the spillovers and the impact on the G7 economies and the rest of the world.
Western sanctions have hit Russia’s economy hard and the new measures are aimed at further depriving the country of oil revenues.
It was also revealed that G7 countries would work with others – including India – to limit the revenues that Mr Putin can continue to generate.
Analysts point out that this may not work since two of the world’s largest importers (which are not G7 members), China and India, have become Russia’s biggest customers.
In an unprecedented turn of event, the world’s most-watched oil data report on inventories from the US will not be released.
The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) will not release any further data, the agency said in an update on the heavily anticipated inventory figures that were due to be released last Wednesday.
The data was not published last week after the EIA discovered “a voltage irregularity, which caused hardware failures on two of our main processing servers.”
This failure prevented the EIA from processing and releasing multiple reports last week—including its highly sought-after Weekly Petroleum Status Report, which publishes the US crude oil inventory data, among others.
Last week, the oil industry had to rely on inventory figures from the American Petroleum Institute (API) which surveys the same companies and uses the same form to collect the data but gets different outcomes based on different models.
Also, recession fears seem to have taken the backseat amid pressing supply worries.
Members of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and their allies including Russia, known as OPEC+, will probably stick to a plan for accelerated oil output increases in August when they meet on Thursday, June 30.
The producer group also trimmed its projected 2022 oil market surplus to 1 million barrels per day, down from 1.4 million barrels per day previously.
OPEC member Libya said on Monday it might have to halt exports in the Gulf of Sirte area within 72 hours amid unrest that has restricted production.
Adding to the supply woes, former OPEC member, Ecuador also said it could suspend oil production completely within 48 hours amid anti-government protests in which at least six people have reportedly died.
NGX Index Advances by 0.50% as Ecobank, MTN, Others Gain
By Dipo Olowookere
Buying interests in Ecobank, MTN Nigeria and others lifted the stock market by 0.50 per cent on Monday as investors are having confidence again in the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited after a wave of selling pressure caused by global uncertainties.
At the market yesterday, the All-Share Index (ASI) nudged closer to the 52,000 psychological points as it gained 344.12 points to settle at 51,962.85 points compared with the preceding session’s 51,618.73 points.
But the market capitalisation moved to the next level as it appreciated by N186 billion to close the first trading session of the week at N28.014 trillion versus last Friday’s N27.875 trillion.
Data from the exchange showed that the insurance space grew by 1.50 per cent, the banking index gained 0.51 per cent, the energy counter rose by 0.12 per cent, while the consumer goods sector lost 0.56 per cent, with the industrial goods space flat at the close of business.
The activity chart was in the green on Monday as the trading volume expanded by 70.75 per cent to 266.5 million shares from 223.3 million shares, the trading value increased by 41.82 per cent to N2.6 billion to N1.8 billion, while the number of trades improved by 17.12 per cent to 5,050 deals from 4,312 deals.
It was observed that Livingtrust Mortgage Bank emerged as the most traded stock with a turnover of 64.7 million units valued at N77.6 million, trailed by Transcorp with a turnover of 31.8 million units worth N39.7 million. Access Holdings exchanged 29.3 million shares for N275.2 million, Oando sold 27.7 million stocks worth N162.4 million, while UBA transacted 20.6 million equities valued at N152.8 million.
Business Post reports that the market breadth closed positive yesterday with 18 price gainers and 16 price losers, indicating a strong investor sentiment.
Ecobank chalked up 9.79 per cent as the highest price gainer to settle at N10.65, John Holt appreciated by 9.52 per cent to 69 kobo, Linkage Assurance improved by 9.43 per cent to 58 kobo, Okomu Oil jumped by 8.53 per cent to N210.00, while Cornerstone Insurance rose by 6.45 per cent to 66 kobo.
PZ Cussons closed the day as the biggest price decliner after it dropped 10.00 per cent to sell at N11.25, Eterna lost 9.33 per cent to finish at N6.80, RT Briscoe depreciated by 6.25 per cent to 45 kobo, Ardova fell by 5.09 per cent to N13.05, while Nigerian Breweries declined by 3.42 per cent to N57.95.
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