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Nigerian Stocks Close 0.30% Higher Amid Negative Sentiment

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By Dipo Olowookere

The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) closed 0.30 percent higher on Monday despite the market breadth, which measures the mood of investors, closing negative.

The equity market ended the session with 15 price gainers as against the 19 price losers led by Guinness Nigeria, Access Bank and other top stocks.

The gains printed by the market yesterday was influenced by MTN Nigeria, which added N4 to its share value to settle at N116 per unit.

Ardova gained N1.15 to close at N12.70 per share, Dangote Sugar rose by 35 kobo to N12.80 per share, UAC Nigeria appreciated by 30 kobo to sell at N7.20 per share, while Union Bank grew by 25 kobo to trade at N7 per unit.

At the other side, Guinness Nigeria topped the losers’ chart for losing 90 kobo to trade at N17.50 per share, while Access Bank depleted by 50 kobo to N6.10 per unit.

Lafarge lost 50 kobo to quote at N10.30 per unit, UBA fell by 25 kobo to sell at N5.80 per share, while NEM Insurance declined by 22 kobo to N1.98 per unit.

Monday was the first day most businesses resumed operations at their physical offices after a 5-week lockdown was eased by the federal government.

On March 30, 2020, residents of Abuja, Lagos and Ogun States were ordered to remain indoors as part of efforts to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus disease. But yesterday, the restriction was eased.

At the stock exchange, where most trading activities are still being down remotely, the level of activity was mixed on Monday.

Business Post reports that 249.9 million shares worth N2.4 billion were traded in 6,538 deals compared with the 359.5 million equities valued at N3.3 billion transacted in 4,946 deals at the previous trading day.

This indicated a rise in the number of deals by 32.19 percent and a decline in the volume and value of shares by 30.49 percent and 26.46 percent respectively.

Interest in banking stocks still remained high like in the previous sessions and GTBank ended as the most active with 44.5 million units traded for N935.2 million.

FBN Holdings transacted 40.7 million shares worth N187.4 million, UBA exchanged 24.8 million stocks for N144.6 million, Zenith Bank transacted 22.9 million equities valued at N328.5 million, while Access Bank traded 14.5 million shares valued at N89.4 million.

A look at the sectoral performance showed that only the oil/gas index and the consumer goods index closed positive yesterday by 0.65 percent and 0.15 percent respectively.

Every other sector ended negative, with the insurance sector declining by 1.95 percent, the industrial goods space lost 1.31 percent, while the banking counter fell by 1.21 percent.

However, the benchmark index, which is the All-Share Index (ASI), increased by 68.85 points to 23,089.86 points from 23,021.01 points, while the market capitalisation appreciated by N35 billion to N12.033 trillion from N11.998 trillion.

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 dipo.olowookere@businesspost.ng

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Investors Gain N1.09bn as NASD Share Price Rises 9.1%

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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.

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Naira Trades N414.73/$1 as Cryptos Bleed Heavily

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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.

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Crude Mixed as Market Remains Unsettled by Omicron Jitters

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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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