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Stock Market Drops 0.71% as Investors Sell Off MTN, FBNH

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By Dipo Olowookere

The first trading day of the new week at the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited finished on a bad note due to the 0.71 per cent loss recorded on Monday as a result of profit-taking by investors.

After recording gains in the past sessions, holders of FBN Holdings equities started to offload them gradually and with selloffs in MTN Nigeria, Nestle Nigeria, Oando and 20 others, the stock market succumbed to the authority of the bears.

Consequently, the All-Share Index (ASI) went down by 293.48 points to 41,144.67 points from 41,438.15 points, while the market capitalisation fell by N153 billion to N21.472 trillion from N21.625 trillion.

In terms of the performance of the sectors, the banking and the industrial goods counters appreciated by 0.43 per cent and 0.34 per cent respectively, while the consumer goods, insurance and energy sectors depreciated by 2.53 per cent, 1.65 per cent and 0.31 per cent apiece.

The heaviest price loser of the day was May & Baker as its value went down by 8.02 per cent to N4.36, Royal Exchange declined by 7.81 per cent to 59 kobo, NPF Microfinance Bank dropped 7.57 per cent to N1.71, FBN Holdings lost 7.48 per cent to quote at N11.75, while Mutual Benefits Assurance depleted by 6.67 per cent to 28 kobo.

There were 19 price gainers at the market yesterday and as expected, the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Group Plc, which had its first full trading session on the exchange, topped the chart after its price went up by 9.86 per cent to N19.50.

Ikeja Hotels grew by 9.52 per cent to N1.15, Custodian Investment appreciated by 7.53 per cent to N7.85, Honeywell Flour gained 6.48 per cent to sell for N3.78, while Chams rose by 4.55 per cent to 23 kobo.

Business Post reports that investors traded 338.7 million stocks worth N4.1 billion in 5,866 deals on Monday as against the 729.0 million stocks worth N8.5 billion traded in 4,852 deals last Friday.

This showed that the volume of shares transacted by the market participants decreased by 53.53 per cent, while the value of shares fell by 52.43 per cent, with the number of deals rising by 20.90 per cent, according to data from the exchange.

FBN Holdings was the most active stock at the close of transactions as it sold 67.6 million units valued at N832.8 million, followed by Access Bank, which traded 36.6 million units worth N351.2 million.

Transcorp transacted 26.6 million shares valued at N26.6 million, GTCO exchanged 25.6 million equities for N755.3 million, while Fidelity Bank traded 19.5 million stocks for N53.3 million.

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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Introduction of Capital Gains Tax Could Discourage Investors—Popoola

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By Aduragbemi Omiyale

As part of efforts to raise more funds for the provision of critical infrastructure in the country, the federal government recently introduced the capital gains tax.

This was embedded in the 2021 Finance Act and it required the payment of capital gains tax on transactions worth over N100 million.

The chief executive of the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited, Mr Temi Popoola, applauded this initiative of the government but warned that it could discourage investors, especially the high net-worth individuals (HNIs) and institutional investors, who carried out such heavy deals.

Mr Popoola, who spoke a few months ago at the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) Fiscal Policy Roundtable, called for a balance.

He admitted that the capital gains tax is in line with the government’s drive towards an increased tax bracket but was only worried about the adverse effect the laudable policy could have on the economy in the long run.

However, Mr Popoola commended the economic policy direction of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, noting that it was an indication of the government’s commitment to driving non-oil revenues into the country.

The NGX chief said the tenets of the 2021 Finance Act brought a lot more clarity on investment such as the Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), Capital Gain Tax (CGT) and securities lending transactions.

According to him, investing in real estate investment brings a lot of potential gains and “if you look at our market today, all our assets class has helped to boost investors’ confidence.”

He stated that the Finance Act will boost the capital market and the economy, reiterating NGX’s commitment to adhering to government policy and driving growth in the capital market.

However, he further stressed that the introduction of excise taxes on non-alcoholic beverages and the education tax could also affect the economy.

According to him, these taxes could hamper the ability of companies affected by these developments to raise capital and pay dividends to investors because the policies are coming at a time the economy was undergoing a recovery.

Business Post reports that the event, which precisely took place in March 2022, was put together by NESG to access the impact of the 2021 Finance Act on the economy.

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Inflation in Nigeria Jumps to 16.82% in April 2022

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By Aduragbemi Omiyale

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Tuesday disclosed that inflation in Nigeria increased by 16.82 per cent in April 2022 from the 15.92 per cent recorded in March 2022.

However, on a year-on-year basis, the rate moderated by 1.3 per cent as inflation was 18.12 per cent in the corresponding month of 2021.

The NBS disclosed that the percentage change in the average composite consumer price index (CPI) for the 12 months period ending April 2022 over the average of the CPI for the previous 12 months period was 16.45 per cent, 0.1 per cent lower than the 16.54 per cent recorded in March 2022.

It also stated that in the month under review, the urban inflation rate increased to 17.35 per cent (year-on-year) in April 2022 from 18.68 per cent recorded in April 2021, while the rural inflation rate increased to 16.32 per cent in April 2022 from 17.57 per cent in April 2021.

On a month-on-month basis, the urban index rose to 1.78 per cent in April 2022, up by 0.02 from the rate recorded in March 2022 at 1.76 per cent, while the rural index also rose to 1.74 per cent in April 2022, up by 0.01 from the rate that was recorded in March 2022 at 1.73 per cent.

The corresponding 12-month year-on-year average percentage change for the urban index is 17.01 per cent in April 2022, lower than 17.10 per cent reported in March 2022, while the corresponding rural inflation rate in April 2022 is 15.91 per cent compared to 16.00 per cent recorded in March 2022.

In the report, the stats agency said in April 2022, the composite food index rose by 18.37 per cent in contrast to the 22.72 per cent achieved in April 2021, attributing the increase to a hike in the prices of bread and cereals, food products n.e.c, potatoes, yam, and other tubers, wine, fish, meat, and oils.

On a month-on-month basis, the food sub-index increased to 2.00 per cent in April 2022, up by 0.01 per cent points from 1.99 per cent recorded in March 2022, the report added.

It was further stated that the average annual rate of change of the food sub-index for the 12-month period ending April 2022 over the previous 12-month average is 18.88 per cent, 0.34 per cent points from the average annual rate of change recorded in March 2022 at 19.21 per cent.

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OTC Securities Exchange Closes 0.02% Lower

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By Adedapo Adesanya

The NASD Over-the-Counter (OTC) Securities Exchange closed marginally lower by 0.02 per cent on Monday on the back of a price depreciation in Central Securities Clearing Systems (CSCS) Plc.

The stock, which was the only price loser yesterday, went down by 5 kobo or 0.29 per cent to sell at N16.95 per unit compared to the previous session’s N17.00 per unit.

At the close of transactions, it reduced the market capitalisation of the OTC securities exchange by N250 million to N1.05 trillion from N1.06 trillion and sliced the NASD Unlisted Securities Index (NSI) by 0.19 points to 807.56 points from 807.75 points.

Business Post observed that the level of activity during the session was low as the volume of securities recorded a decline of 99.8 per cent to 61,131 units from 7.5 million units, the value of trades also depreciated by 99.8 per cent to N4.6 million from N2.2 billion, while the number of deals remained unchanged at 11 deals.

AG Mortgage Bank Plc closed the session as the most traded stock by volume (year-to-date) with 2.3 billion units worth N1.2 billion, CSCS Plc was in second place with 661.6 million units worth N13.9 billion, while Food Concepts Plc held the third position with 94 million units worth N77.8 million.

But the most active stock by value (year-to-date) was CSCS Plc with 661.6 million units valued at N13.9 billion, VFD Group followed with 9.4 million units valued at N2.9 billion, and AG Mortgage Bank Plc with 2.3 billion units valued at N1.2 billion.

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