Renewed Investor Confidence Triggers N70bn Profit on Stocks
By Dipo Olowookere
After days of panic trading as a result of unrest in some parts of the country, which necessitated the declaration of curfew in Lagos and other states, investors are beginning to show strong confidence in the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).
On Friday, the last trading day of the week, investors embarked on bargain hunting, mopping up some stocks especially in the banking sector they believe could give good yields in the coming days.
Already, the investment community is awaiting the release of third quarter earnings of most companies on the exchange and the few ones released so far have shown what should be expected.
In order to benefit from the possible rise in the prices of value stocks at the market, smart investors are already taking a position and at the close of transactions today, the bourse appreciated by 0.47 per cent.
This boosted the All-Share Index (ASI) by 133.19 points to 28,697.06 points from 28,563.87 points and raised the market capitalisation by N70 billion to N15.000 trillion from N14.930 trillion.
Business Post reports that four of the major sub-sectors tracked during the session appreciated as only the insurance index closed negative by 0.12 per cent.
The banking space grew by 1.69 per cent, the industrial goods sector appreciated by 0.46 per cent, the consumer goods counter gained 0.29 per cent and the energy space increased by 0.03 per cent.
The market breadth closed positive today with 20 price gainers and six price losers and this showed a positive investor sentiment.
NASCON was the highest price gainer as its share price rose by N1.30 to settle at N14.30 per unit, while Dangote Cement gained N1 to finish at N151 per share.
GTBank appreciated by 45 kobo to sell for N30.45 per unit, Zenith Bank improved by 35 kobo to close at N21 per share, while PZ Cussons gained 30 kobo to quote at N4.40 per unit.
The heaviest price loser of the day was Northern Nigerian Flour Mills as the company’s stock depreciated by 46 kobo to settle at N4.19 per share.
Vitafoam went down by 20 kobo to N6 per unit, NPF Microfinance Bank depreciated by 6 kobo to N1.34 per unit, Honeywell Flour slumped by 4 kobo to 91 kobo per unit, while Union Diagnostic declined by one kobo to sell at 26 kobo per share.
The level of activity further declined on Friday as the trading volume, value and number of deals went down by 9.11 per cent, 5.64 per cent and 12.83 per cent respectively.
This was because the trading volume dropped to 283.0 million units from 311.3 million units, the trading value reduced to N4.4 billion from N4.7 billion, while the number of deals slipped to 2,942 from 3,375 at the close of trading activities.
Banking stocks continued to dominate the activity chart, while Access Bank was the most traded equity after transacting 80.5 million units valued at N622.9 million.
GTBank traded 76.5 million shares worth N2.3 billion, UBA exchanged 24.9 million equities for N174.4 million, FBN Holdings traded 24.4 million stocks worth N149.2 million, while Zenith Bank transacted 19.6 million shares valued at N409.3 million.
Dangote Says N300bn Bond Listing Reflects Nigerian Capital Market Depth
By Aduragbemi Omiyale
The listing of Dangote Industries Limited’s N300 billion series 1 and 2 bonds on the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited has been described as an indicator of the depth of the Nigerian capital market.
The Group Chief Executive Officer of the conglomerates, Mr Olakunle Alake, said this on Wednesday when a closing gong ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of the listing of the corporate debt instrument on the local stock exchange.
Mr Alake, represented by the Group Chief Finance Officer, Mr Mustapha Ibrahim, said, “We are pleased to have showcased the depth and liquidity of the domestic capital market whilst we reflect the strong quality of the issuer, despite the current global market realities.”
According to him, the depth of the market was reflected in the successful issuance of the bond, which was the largest aggregate local currency bond issued in the capital market so far within the year.
He further noted that the listing of the bond recorded participation from a wide range of investors, including domestic pension funds, asset managers and insurance companies and further demonstrated investors’ confidence in Nigeria’s credit reality.
On his part, the Divisional Head of Capital Markets at NGX, Mr Jude Chiemeka, speaking at the event, applauded the listing of the bond, which provides corporates with the opportunity to raise capital.
“The listing of this transaction on our platform not only allows for a more liquid capital market, but it also shows our capacity to facilitate large transactions towards enabling a more robust ecosystem,” Mr Chiemeka said.
He further noted that NGX remains committed to fostering similar transactions through its digital gateways such as this and a confident market where corporates and investors can achieve their respective objectives.
Unlisted Securities Market Closes Flat at Midweek
By Adedapo Adesanya
Trading activities ended in a stalemate on the floor of the NASD Over-the-Counter (OTC) Securities Exchange on Wednesday, with no single price gainer or a price loser at the close of business.
As a result of this development, the market capitalisation of the bourse remained intact at N1.03 trillion, as the NASD Unlisted Securities Index (NSI) also remained unchanged at 743.15 points.
The unlisted securities market closed flat in the midweek session amid low investor appetite for the market, as attention shifted to the fixed-income market, where the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) sold treasury bills at the primary market, with the stop rate over 14 per cent.
Data from the bourse showed that the volume of securities traded yesterday was abysmally low as it went down by 99.9 per cent to 8,299 units from the 20.1 million units transacted a day earlier.
Likewise, the value of shares traded during the session dropped to N1.2 million, 97.3 per cent lower than the N44.5 million posted in the preceding trading day.
These transactions were carried out yesterday in nine deals, 75 per cent lower than the 36 deals executed on Tuesday.
Geo-Fluids Plc remained the most traded stock by volume on a year-to-date basis with a turnover of 482.1 million units valued at N544.1 million, UBN Property Plc occupied second place with the sale of 365.8 units worth N309.5 million, while Industrial and General Insurance (IGI) Plc was in third place with the sale of 71.1 million units valued at N5.1 million.
Also, VFD Group Plc ended the session as the most traded stock by value on a year-to-date basis with a turnover of 7.3 million units worth N1.7 billion, Geo-Fluids Plc was in second place with a turnover of 482.1 million units worth N544.1 million, while UBN Property Plc was in third place with the sale of 365.8 million units valued at N309.5 million.
Naira Sells N461.24/$1 at I&E, N764/$1 at P2P, N747/$1 at Black Market
By Adedapo Adesanya
The Nigerian Naira appreciated against the US Dollar in the Peer-2-Peer (P2P) and the Investors and Exporters (I&E) windows of the foreign exchange market on Wednesday, March 30, but depreciated in the black market.
In the P2P segment, it gained N3 against its American counterpart to quote at N764/$1, in contrast to the N767/$1 it was traded on Tuesday as the demand for cryptos, which most traders in this category use the funds to buy, was relatively mild.
In the I&E window or the spot market, the Naira appreciated against the greenback yesterday by 51 Kobo or 0.11 per cent to settle at N461.24/$1 compared with the previous day’s N461.75/$1, according to data obtained from FMDQ Securities Exchange, with the forex turnover put at $74.31 million.
But in the parallel market, the domestic currency depreciated against the US Dollar in the midweek session by N4 to trade at N747/$1 versus Tuesday’s exchange rate of N743/$1.
Also, in the interbank window, the Naira lost N1.93 against the Pound Sterling to sell at N567.68/£1 versus Tuesday’s N565.52/£1, and against the Euro, it slid by N2.25 to at N499.21/€1 compared with the preceding day’s N496.66/€1.
Meanwhile, the digital currency market swayed to the bulls yesterday as most of the tokens tracked by Business Post ended in the green territory amid better-than-expected consumer confidence figures from the United States.
Data from the US Conference Board showed that its monthly survey rose to a reading of 104.2 basis points, better than the 101 mark expected, lifting Bitcoin (BTC) by 4.2 per cent to $28,519.76, as Ethereum (ETH) rose by 0.5 per cent to $1,788.52.
Solana (SOL) grew by 2.1 per cent to $21.08, Dogecoin (DOGE) gained 1.4 per cent to sell at $0.0751, Litecoin (LTC) increased by 0.6 per cent to $90.14, while Cardano (ADA) chalked up 0.5 per cent to quote at $0.3797.
However, Ripple (XRP) dropped 0.4 per cent to trade at $0.5336, Binance Coin (BNB) lost 0.2 per cent to settle at $313.02, and Binance USD (BUSD) and the US Dollar Tether (USDT) traded flat at $1.00 apiece.
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