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Nigeria bourse drops further by N20bn, amid insecurity concerns

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NGX opens week upbeat, surges N20bn

… As CBN ritually Inject $210m into Forex market***

Transactions on the Nigeria bourse on Tuesday again closed on the negative side, shedding off N20 billion, extending bearish sentiment for the second day running and leaving analysts dumbfounded, as to whether to blame ‘profit-taking’ urge or the rising wave of insecurity.

The market capitalisation shed N20 billion, sliding to N13.158 trillion against N13.178 trillion achieved on Monday; even as the All Share Index (ASI) dipped 42.26 points or 0.16 per cent to close at 27,047.58, compared with 27,089.84 posted on Monday.

The downturn was impacted by losses recorded in medium and large capitalised stocks, among which are Nestle Nigeria, Cement Company of Northern Nigeria (CCNN), Dangote Cement, Forte Oil and UAC of Nigeria (UACN).

The Chief Operating Officer, InvestData Ltd., Mr. Ambrose Omordion attributed the decline to persistent sell pressure, caused by investors concerns over the socio-political and economic situation in the country.

Omordion also attributed the development to issues relating to heightening insecurity in the country.

“We expect this trend to continue as bargain hunters take advantage of low valuation to trigger buying interest once the direction is given through economic policies,” he said.

However, market breadth closed positive, with 18 gainers compared with 12 losers.

Thomas Wyatt Nigeria led the losers’ chart by 9.52 per cent, to close at 38k per share.

Continental Reinsurance followed with a decline of 7.36 per cent to close at N1.51, while CCNN lost 6.61 to close at N16.25 per share.

University Press dipped 6.25 per cent to close at N1.05, while UACN shed 6.06 per cent to close at N6.20 per share.

Conversely, UACN Property Development Company recorded the highest price gain of 9.26 per cent, to close at N1.18, per share.

FBN Holdings followed with a gain 7.53 per cent to close at N5, while Dangote Flour Mills appreciated by 5.95 per cent to close at N22.25 per share.

Wapic Insurance appreciated by 5.41 per cent to close at 39k, while Courteville Business Solution appreciated by 4.76 per cent to close at 22k per share.

In spite of the drop in market indices, the total volume of shares traded rose by 25.38 per cent with an account of 364.22 million shares worth N4.86 billion traded in 4,629 deals.

This was in contrast to a total of 290.49 million shares, valued at N4.29 billion achieved in 2,900 deals on Monday.

Transactions in the shares of Guaranty Trust Bank topped the activity chart with 78.64 million shares valued at N2.115 billion.

Courteville Business Solution followed with an exchange of 49.02 million shares worth N10.70 million, while Access Bank traded 43.88 million shares, valued at N301.92 million.

Zenith Bank sold 40.3 million shares worth N732.93 million, while FBN Holdings transacted 36.51 million shares valued at N179.85 million

In the meantime, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has injected 210 million U.S. dollars into interbank segment of the Foreign Exchange Market following sales concluded on Tuesday, to stabilize and keep the Naira exchanging at N357 for a dollar at the Bureau De Change (BDC) segment of the market on Tuesday.

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The bank’s Director, Corporate Communications Department, Mr Isaac Okorafor, made this known in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday.

Okorafor explained that the figures released by the CBN indicated that authorised dealers in the wholesale segment of the market were offered 100 million dollars while the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) segment received 55 million dollars.

He said that another 55 million dollars was allocated to customers requiring foreign exchange for invisibles such as tuition fees, medical payments and Basic Travel Allowance (BTA), among others.

The director reaffirmed the bank’s commitment towards ensuring stability in foreign exchange market.

The CBN had on Friday, Sept. 6, injected 321.11 million U.S. dollars and CNY33.3 million into the Retail Secondary Market Intervention Sales (SMIS) segment.

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N672Bn: Sell-offs in Dangote Cement, MTN, Others Push Equity Down By 1.23%

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Stock Market Gains N18bn; FTN Cocoa Processors, Prestige Assurance lead Losers’ Chart 

…Dangote Cement, Conoil lead losers table

Selloffs in the shares of Dangote Cement, Conoil, and MTN Nigeria, among others, on Friday, dragged the equity market’s performance indices down by 1.23 percent to close the week’s trading sessions.

Specifically, investors lost N672 billion or 1.24 percent, as the market capitalisation, which opened at N54.707 trillion, closed at N54.035 trillion.

The All-Share Index also lost 1.24 percent or 1.228.32 points, to settle at 98,751.98, as against 99,980.3 recorded on Thursday.

Consequently, the Year-To-Date (YTD) return on the index dropped to 32.07 percent.

Selloffs in Dangote Cement, MTN Nigeria,  Fidelity Bank, Sovereign Trust Insurance, and Nestle made the market performance negative terrain.

Analysis of the market activities showed trade turnover drop when compared to the previous session, with the value of transactions down 22.01 percent.

A total of 367.62 million shares valued at N6.78 billion were exchanged in 9,168 deals, compared to 542.95 million shares valued at N8.70 billion exchanged in 9,650 deals posted previously

Meanwhile, Dangote Cement and Conoil led the losers’ table by percentage terms of 10 each to close at N135, and N90.90 per share respectively.

MTN trailed by 9.96 percent to close at N200.70, Thomas Wyatt Nigeria lost 9.78 percent to close at N2.03, while Sovereign Trust Insurance shed 6.52 percent to close at 43k per share.

On the gainers’ table, The Initiative Plc and FTN Cocoa Processors led by 10 percent each to close at N1.98 and N1.65 per share respectively.

Juli Plc followed closely by 9.97 percent to close at N3.75, Champion Breweries Plc gained 9.94 percent to close at N3.76 and PZ Nigeria rose by 9.93 percent to close at N33.75 per share.

On the activity table, Transcorp led in volume with trade of 57.00 million shares valued at N792.05 million, while Access Corporation sold 31.77 million shares worth N667.8 million.

United Bank of Africa (UBA) traded 28.50 million shares valued at N674.07 million and Fidelity Bank transacted 28.07 million shares worth N297.65.

Also, First City Monumental Bank(FCMB) sold 27.92 million shares worth N227.22 million.

However, market breadth closed positive with 43 gainers and eight losers on the trading floor

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Equity Market Recovers, Investors Gain N390bn

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Stock Market Gains N18bn; FTN Cocoa Processors, Prestige Assurance lead Losers’ Chart 

…Sunu Assurances, CWG Plc lead the losers’ table

The Nigerian equity market on Thursday recovered from its three sessions losses, making investors to gain N390 billion.

Improved buy interest in the shares of Guaranty Trust Holding Company(GTCO), Zenith Bank, FBN Holdings, NEM Insurance, Juli Plc, among other top traders, pushed the market performances up.

Specifically, the market capitalization, which opened at N54.317 trillion, gained N390 billion or 0.72 percent and closed at N54.707 trillion.

The All-Share index also rose by 0.72 percent or 714 points to close at 99,980.3 points, compared to 99,266.02 recorded on Wednesday.

Consequently, the Year-To-Date return rose to 33.71 percent.

Stock Market Gains N18bn; FTN Cocoa Processors, Prestige Assurance lead Losers’ Chart 

Analysis of the market activities indicated that trade turnover settled higher relative to the Wednesday 5 session, with the value of transactions increased by 49.27 percent.

The market breadth closed positive with 35 gainers and 19 laggards on the trading floor.

On the gainers table, GTCO, NEM Insurance, Juli and United Bank of Africa(UBA) led in percentage terms of 10 each to close at N36.60, N6.60, N3.41 and N22.55 per share, respectively.

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Champion Breweries also gained 9.97 percent to close at N3.42 per share.

On the other hand, Sunu Assurances led the losers’ table by 10 percent to close at N1.17, followed by Eterna Plc by 9.81 percent to close at N14.25 per share.

CWG Plc trailed by 9.76 percent to close at N9.55, Morison Industries Plc shed 9.58 percent to close at N1.51 and Cadbury Nigeria lost 9.52 percent to close at N19 per share.

A total of 542.95 million shares valued at N8.70 billion were exchanged in 9,650 deals, compared to 396.23 million shares valued at N5.83 billion exchanged in 10,549 deals posted on Wednesday.

On the activity table, UBA led in volume and value with 93.71 million shares traded in deals worth N2.07 billion, Transcorp followed with 54.08 million shares traded in a value of N692.19 million.

Japaul Gold Group sold 34.33 million shares worth N65.77 million, Sterling Nigeria transacted 28.49 million shares valued at N129.15 million and Fidelity Bank sold 27.09 million shares worth N270.74.

Meanwhile, market breadth closed positive with 35 gainers and 19 laggards on the trading floor.

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NGX Opens Week Weakly, As Market Sheds N1.82trn

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Stock Market Gains N18bn; FTN Cocoa Processors, Prestige Assurance lead Losers’ Chart 

 …MTN and Dangote Cement lead the Losers’ Table 

Transactions resumed on the Nigerian Exchange Ltd. (NGX), on Monday, on a negative posture with the market indices declining by 3.15 percent due to selloffs.

Specifically, the market capitalisation which opened at N57.849 trillion, shed N1.82 trillion or 3.15 percent to close at N56.028 trillion.

Similarly, the All-Share Index(ASI) also dropped by 3.15 percent or 3,330 points to settle at 102,393.23, compared to 105,722.78 achieved on Friday.

As a result, the ASI Year-To-Date (YTD) return fell to 36.94 percent.

The market was dragged down due to selloffs in the shares of MTN Nigeria, Dangote Cement, and Zenith Bank.

On the losers’ table, MTN and Dangote Cement led in percentage of 10 each to close at N247.50 and N686.70 per share, respectively.

NGX Group trailed by 9.76 percent to close at N22.20, NEM insurance dropped 9.74 per cent to close at N6.95, while Tantalizers lost 9.52 percent to close at 38k per share.

On the contrary, Juli Plc led the gainers table by 9.52 percent to close at N1.61.

Dangote Cement followed with an increase of 8.64 percent to close at 88k per share.

Sunu Assurances garnered 6.74 percent to close at N1.90, while ABC Transport gained 6.67 percent to close at 96k per share.

Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc (NAHCO) also appreciated by 5.86 percent to close at N30.70 per share.

On the activity chart, Guaranty Trust Holding Company (GTCO) led with a trade of 28.85 million shares valued at N1.13 billion.

Also, Transcorp sold 20.14 million shares worth N275.93 million, while Access Holdings traded 15.90 million shares worth N359.5 million.

FBN Holdings sold 15.87 million shares worth N450.74 million and Zenith Bank transacted 15.84 million shares valued at N568.04 million.

Analysis of the market activities showed trade turnover settled lower relative to the previous session, with the value of transactions down by 7.58 percent.

Meanwhile,  273.85 million shares valued at N7.44 billion were exchanged in 9,688 deals, compared to 342.52 million shares worth N8.05 billion in 8,395 deals on Friday.

Meanwhile, the market breadth closed negative with 36 declining stocks and 16 that appreciated.

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