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Naira Trades Flat at I&E, Black Market

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By Adedapo Adesanya

The Naira maintained stability against the US Dollar at both the Investors and Exporters (I&E) and the unregulated segments of the foreign exchange market on Friday, April 23.

At the I&E window, the local currency was traded at the same rate it was exchanged at the previous session, N410/$1 on the back of a decline in the demand for FX.

During the session, the turnover at the market segment went down by $76.03 million or 237.5 per cent to $32.01 million from the previous day’s turnover of $108.04 million.

At the parallel market, the Naira traded flat against the greenback at N485/$1 but lost N2 against the British Pound Sterling to sell for N672/£1 compared to N670/£1 it was sold on Thursday.

However, the Nigerian currency performed well against the Euro at the black market as it gained N1 to close at N577/£1 compared to N578/£1 it was transacted a day earlier.

At the interbank segment of the market, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) maintained the rate it auctioned the FX to commercial banks at N379/$1 last Friday.

Slight Recovery at the Cryptocurrencies Market

Meanwhile, at the cryptocurrency market, the space was mixed as the digital currencies tracked by Business Post moved in different directions.

The Bitcoin (BTC) lost 0.7 per cent to trade at N24,643,980.95; the Ripple (XRP) depreciated by 3.1 per cent to trade at N581.18; while the Tron (TRX) went down by 4.2 per cent to sell at N54.50.

However, the Ethereum (ETH) appreciated by 7.3 per cent to sell at N1,179,125.50; the Dash (DASH) gained 5.9 per cent to sell at N130,743.60; the US Dollar Tether (USDT) went up by 1.8 per cent to quote at N506.00; while the Litecoin (LTC) grew by 3.7 per cent to trade at N118,038.00.

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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Investors Mop Up Cheap Stocks Ahead of Santa Claus Rally

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By Dipo Olowookere

Some investors at the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited have started to buy some stocks currently selling at lower prices but with good fundamentals ahead of the Santa Claus rally.

Last week, the exchange witnessed an uptick in the market turnover as traders transacted 839.978 million shares worth N12.418 billion in 16,183 deals compared with the 711.618 million shares worth N15.338 billion transacted in 16,662 deals a week earlier.

Three equities, Regency Assurance, FBN Holdings and FCMB, were the most active in the week, which had five trading sessions. They accounted for 256.521 million stocks valued at N1.237 billion in 1,042 deals, contributing 30.54 per cent and 9.96 per cent to the total trading volume and value, respectively.

By sector, the financial services was the busiest as it led the activity chart with 616.627 million equities valued at N4.305 billion in 7,609 deals, contributing 73.41 per cent and 34.67 per cent to the total trading volume and value, respectively.

The conglomerates space followed with 78.470 million shares worth N260.581 million in 575 deals, while the ICT counter recorded the sale of 46.619 million stocks worth N5.717 billion in 1,222 deals.

The performance of the bourse was bullish in the week as the All-Share Index (ASI) and the market capitalisation increased by 1.26 per cent to 48,154.65 points and N26.229 trillion, respectively.

Similarly, all other indices finished higher except the consumer goods, industrial goods and growth indices, which fell by 0.61 per cent, 1.20 per cent and 0.07 per cent apiece, while the ASeM and sovereign bond indices closed flat.

A total of 37 stocks were on the gainers’ chart last week compared with 49 stocks in the previous week, while 25 equities were on the opposite end compared with the 19 equities on the log a week earlier, with 95 shares closing flat compared with 89 shares in the prior week.

Thomas Wyatt posted the highest week-on-week growth, 22.22 per cent, to sell at 44 Kobo. PZ Cussons grew by 14.74 per cent to N10.90, NPF Microfinance Bank appreciated by 14.00 per cent to N1.71, Wema Bank jumped by 11.73 per cent to N3.43, and UAC Nigeria gained 10.53 per cent to trade at N10.50.

However, Beta Glass recorded the sharpest cut of 9.90 per cent to close at N39.60, SCOA Nigeria depreciated by 9.40 per cent to N1.06, Red Star Express fell by 9.25 per cent to N2.06, Nigerian Breweries crashed by 8.07 per cent to N45.00, and Honeywell Flour tumbled by 7.46 per cent to N2.11.

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NGX to Reward Innovation, Capital Market Compliance

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By Aduragbemi Omiyale

The 2022 NGX Made of Africa Awards, slated for Tuesday, December 6, 2022, would be for rewarding innovation, commitment to sustainability and capital market compliance, the Divisional Head of Business Support Services at the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited, Ms Irene Robinson-Ayanwale, has stated.

Speaking in an interview with Channels TV, she said the awards ceremony themed Innovation in Capital Markets: The Panacea for Exponential Growth was designed to recognise the outstanding performance of capital market stakeholders in multiple categories as the fiscal year draws to a close for many stakeholders.

According to her, the nomination and selection process was intensely analytical as a trove of data generated by the exchange was analysed by NGX Regulation Limited (NGX RegCo) and verified for accuracy by an independent auditor.

“As you can see, the process was made transparent and verifiable. We hope the Awards will encourage the companies to continue to maintain higher standards and ensure that their stakeholders hold them accountable to higher standards.

“We are banking that it’ll encourage more innovation, compliance, adherence to rules and regulations,” she told the news platform.

Ms Robinson-Ayanwale added that NGX would be focusing on driving more listings, executing more capacity-building programs across different capital market stakeholders group and driving forward its sustainability agenda in 2023.

The decision to hold the awards and celebrate exceptional performance underscores NGX’s commitment to the growth and sustainability of the Nigerian capital market. This further accentuates the position of the exchange as a leader and driver of excellence in the financial markets ecosystem.

BUA Group and CardinalStone Partners Limited are the headline sponsors for the ceremony. Other sponsors include United Bank for Africa Plc, Coronation Asset Management Limited, Zenith Bank Plc, Seplat Energy Plc, Access Holdings Plc, Notore Chemicals Plc, Transnational Corporation Plc, Bank of Industry and Central Securities and Clearing Systems (CSCS) Plc

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Liquid Government Bonds Market Can Spur Economic Growth—SEC

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By Aduragbemi Omiyale

The need for the development of a liquid government bonds market has been emphasised by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

The Director-General of SEC, Mr Lamido Yuguda, while speaking at the 2022 conference of the Capital Market Correspondents Association of Nigeria (CAMCAN), stated that this would have a positive effect on the economy.

Mr Yuguda, represented by the Executive Commissioner of Operations of the agency, Mr Dayo Obisan, disclosed that a liquid government bonds market implies that there is a sufficient offering of government bonds across a range of maturities, which is key to the construction of the benchmark yield curve (which is important for the establishment of the market-based risk-free interest rate used in equity pricing).

He further stated that the synergistic relationship between the government bonds and equity markets had been observed in several East Asian economies, which experienced a surge in private investment and equity market capitalisation following the establishment of a liquid debt securities market.

“At the same time, an increase in government expenditure funded by debt crowds out private investment, which in turn adversely affects aggregate expenditure and, consequently, economic growth with implications for the capital market.

“In addition, an underdeveloped capital market will affect institutional investors negatively, restraining the amount and maturity of funding available to the government locally,” the DG said at the programme tagged Nigeria’s Public Debt and the Capital Market.

At the event held in Lagos over the weekend, Mr Yuguda stated that as the apex regulator of the capital market, SEC is committed to creating an enabling and facilitative oversight and regulatory framework supportive of the deepening and development of the Nigerian capital market.

“As you are aware, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, launched and unveiled the revised Nigerian Capital Market Master Plan 2021-2025.

“The updated master plan underscores the commission’s commitment to deepening and repositioning the financial market as a key anchor of our economy.

“The Master Plan, which represents collective aspirations of the capital market community, is focused on driving initiatives geared towards growing and deepening the Market with the ultimate goal of accelerating the emergence of our Country into the top 20 global economies by the year 2025,” he stated.

He disclosed that the capital market is more resilient and is on a steady growth trajectory, adding that capital market correspondents have contributed to the development of the market and expressed delight at their partnership with the agency in this noble task of developing and deepening the capital market.

According to him, the reporters have taken on an increasingly important role of communicating to the public some of the commission’s initiatives aimed at developing the market, noting that SEC is committed to supporting efforts aimed at addressing financial literacy and empowerment gaps within society.

“There is no doubt in my mind that, the capital market presents a good platform for addressing many of Nigeria’s economic challenges.

“On our part as regulators, we shall continue to introduce new ideas and policies towards developing and regulating a capital market that is dynamic, fair, transparent and efficient to contribute to the nation’s economic development.

“We will also continue to fulfil its mandate of protecting investors and creating an enabling environment for market operators.

“Policymakers and practitioners alike are keen to understand the complex nexus between the public debt market and the Nigerian capital market,” he added.

In her remarks, the chairman of CAMCAN, Mrs Chinyere Joel-Nwokeoma, said that the annual workshop was part of the association’s contributions to the development and growth of the nation’s economy by bringing regulators, operators and company executives to discuss economic issues that affect the market in particular and the economy in general.

She said that the theme was picked because of concerns in different quarters concerning the nation’s rising total debt stock, which stood at N42.80 trillion as of June 2022.

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