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The top 5 stock exchanges in Africa



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The African continent represents a major attraction for foreign investors looking to invest in the continents frontier markets. For most of these investors access to African markets are limited to just a handful of stock exchanges.

In this article, we bring to you 5 of Africa’s largest stock exchange where foreign investors often look at investing in.

  1. Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE)

The JSE is the biggest stock exchange in Africa by Market Capitalisation. It was founded on November 8, 1887.

It is South Africa’s only full service securities exchange, connecting buyers and sellers in a variety of different markets, namely equities, equity derivatives, agricultural derivatives and interest rate instruments.

 Key Facts

  • Market Capitalisation – $987 billion.
  • Number of Companies Listed – 388
  • Foreign Domiciled Companies – 76
  • Market Cap over GDP ratio is 278.94%
  • Trading and Settlement – T+3
  1. Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE)

The Nigerian Stock Exchange started in 1960 as the Lagos Stock Exchange. I’m 1977, it changed its name to the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

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The NSE is one of the most developed stock exchanges in Africa and offers a range of instruments for investors in the equities, bonds and derivatives market.

Key Facts

  • Market Cap – $44 billion
  • Market Cap over GDP ratio – 8.83%
  • Number of Companies Listed – 176
  1. Egyptian Stock Exchange

The Egyptian Stock Exchange (EGX) comprises two exchanges, Alexandria opened in 1883 and Cairo stock exchange opened in 1903.

Key Facts

Market Cap – $46 billion

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Number of Listed Companies – 222

Market Cap to GDP ratio – 17.61%

Trading and Settlement – T+0 for securities traded by the intra-day trading system. T+1 for all other securities.

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  1. Casablanca Stock Exchange

The Casablanca Stock Exchange was established in 1929, and was known as the “Office de compensation des valeurs mobilieres  (office for clearing of transferable securities)

Key Facts

  • Market Cap – $48 billion
  • Market Cap to GDP ratio – 46.43%
  • Number of listed companies – 75
  • Trading and Settlement – T+3
  1. Namibian Stock Exchange

The Namibian Stock Exchange is one of the oldest stock exchanges in Africa, founded in 1904. It relaunched in 1992.

The Namibian Stock Exchange is the second biggest stock exchange in Africa in terms of Market Capitalisation, as it has been making use of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange’s equity trading systems and services to trade, clear and settle it’s securities.


The International Finance Corporation (IFC) in 2016, raised about $12 million in bonds which was used for private sector development in the country. This shows the faith of the international investing community in a market like the Namibian.

Key Facts

Market Cap – About $76 billion


Number of Listed Companies – 36


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Crypto: Elrond gives investors 1,735.54% since its inception 

The exponential increase facilitated this fast-growing digital coin move up to 58th position.



The race for the fastest growing crypto asset of all time keeps changing constantly in the present crypto landscape as Elrond is by far the best performing digital coin among the top 100 crypto assets in recent times. Elrond has skyrocketed by over 1,735.54% since its inception of trading at the crypto market. 

Recently, shortly after the official statement released by its developers, on its integration, Elrond price blew up the charts lately presently it trades at $ 0.011931, up 1,735.54% since it’s in inception in Aug 2019 when it began trading at $0.002. The exponential increase facilitated this fast-growing digital coin move up to 58th position in terms of market capitalization size. Data obtained from Coinmarketcapshowed its market capitalization was over $157.2 million at the time this report was drafted.


Quick fact; Elrond is a type of blockchain architecture, created to facilitate a 1000-fold cumulative improvement in the execution of speed. Its architecture combines a Secure Proof of Stake (PoS) algorithm facilitating unlimited scalability. Elrond is originally designed to facilitate the process of over 10,000 transactions per second at cheap cost and with 5-second latency attempting to become the backbone of borderless, permissionless, and globally accessible internet economy. 

Just recently Beniamin Mincu, Elrond CEO explained in detail how the Elrond blockchain is perfectly positioned to deliver the needed responsiveness and scale. He said; 

“Getting access to all the available liquidity from day 1 is an important prerequisite for anyone building DeFi tools. This integration enables Elrond to be part of many existing cross-chain DeFi applications. We’re excited to work with Swingby and increase access to Elrond’s highly scalable and cost-effective solution,” Mincu said. 

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OPEC crude oil production drops to its lowest in nearly 30 years

Crude oil production of OPEC+ members for June reduced by almost 2 million barrels.



Oil prices, OPEC crude oil production drops to its lowest in nearly 30 years

The over-performance by Saudi Arabia that has cut its crude oil production by 1 million barrels per day (more than mandated), has helped in reducing OPEC crude oil production to its lowest point in nearly 30 years, thus sending crude oil price soaring to about $42 support levels, and dampening growing concerns of COVID-19 resurgence.

In the month of July, a report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) showed a 108% compliance rate against 89% a month earlier.


Crude oil production of OPEC+ members for June reduced by almost 2 million barrels, compared to the month of May showing 33.4 million barrels per day. This agreement by major oil producers has helped in limiting oil production.

READ MORE: NNPC GMD says recent oil price surge is cosmetic, driven by sentiments

The report from International Energy Agency (IEA) said, “On the supply side, global oil production fell sharply in June to stand 13.7 million barrels per day below the April level. The compliance rate with the OPEC+ supply agreement was 108%.”

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Data from the report also shows that in the month of June, major oil producer, Russia fulfilled its quota for reducing oil production by 100%.

“This solid performance by the OPEC+ group has been supplemented by substantial market-driven cuts, mainly in the United States,” the report added.

READ ALSO: Rising COVID-19 cases in world’s biggest economy falter crude oil prices

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Meanwhile, Edward Moya, senior market analyst at Oanda, in a note, said that Crude prices got a boost for the session, in part due to the “upbeat COVID-19 vaccine and treatment news” and a softer dollar, but U.S. benchmark prices remain “anchored below the $41 level and will likely struggle for any major moves” until after next week’s OPEC+ Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee meeting.

He added that, “The demand outlook risks warrant a discussion for OPEC+ to consider extending production cuts into August.” 

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Nigerian bourse falls by 0.12% WoW despite gains from GTBank & Zenith

The NSE All-Share Index and Market Capitalization both depreciated by 0.12%.



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The Nigerian All-Share Index and Market Capitalization both dropped by 0.12% to close the week at 24,306.36 and N12.680 trillion respectively.

Nigeria’s bourse closed the week with a total turnover of 901.542 million shares worth N13.453 billion in 18,676 deals traded this week by investors on the floor of The Exchange. This is in contrast to a total of 961.833 million shares valued at N9.181 billion that exchanged hands last week in 20,058 deals.


The NSE All-Share Index and Market Capitalization both depreciated by 0.12% to close the week at 24,306.36 and N12.680 trillion respectively.

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The Financial Services industry (measured by volume) led the activity chart with 629.368 million shares valued at N5.186 billion traded in 9,887 deals; thus contributing 69.81% and 38.55% to the total equity turnover volume and value respectively. The ICT industry followed with 59.506 million shares worth N5.161 billion in 684 deals. The third place went to the Consumer Goods industry, with a turnover of 57.136 million shares worth N1.385 billion in 2,993 deals.

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Trading in the top three equities namely; Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, Fidelity Bank Plc and Zenith Bank Plc (measured by volume) accounted for 293.678 million shares worth N4.042 billion in 4,334 deals, contributing 32.58% and 30.05% to the total equity turnover volume and value respectively.

25 equities appreciated in price during the week, higher than 13 equities in the previous week. 33 equities depreciated in price, lower than 59 equities in the previous week, while 105 equities remained unchanged, higher than 91 equities recorded in the previous week.

READ MORE: GTBank releases 2019 full year audited results

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Top gainers

RED STAR EXPRESS PLC up 18.52% to close at N3.52.

P Z CUSSONS NIGERIA PLC up 15.38% to close at N4.50.

STERLING BANK PLC. up 13.04% to close at N1.30.

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CORNERSTONE INSURANCE PLC up 10.00% to close at N0.55.

ZENITH BANK PLC up 9.51% to close at N16.70.

CHAMS PLC up 9.09% to close at N0.24.



GUARANTY TRUST BANK PLC. up 7.93% to close at N22.45.


FIDELITY BANK PLC up 7.19% to close at N1.79.

LAW UNION AND ROCK INS. PLC. up 7.00% to close at N1.07.


Top losers

CUSTODIAN INVESTMENT PLC down 10.91 to close at N4.90.

CONOIL PLC down 10.00 to close at N18.90.

BETA GLASS PLC. down 9.95 to close at N61.55.

MRS OIL NIGERIA PLC. down 9.78 to close at N12.45.

UNILEVER NIGERIA PLC. down 9.78 to close at N12.45.

LIVESTOCK FEEDS PLC. down 9.68 to close at N0.56.

AXAMANSARD INSURANCE PLC down 9.66% to close at N1.59.

BERGER PAINTS PLC down 9.63% to close at N6.10.

ARBICO PLC down 9.52% to close at N1.71.




The Nigerian bourse struggled on most reference levels all week, with the exception of most tier-1 banks, that put up a good show in terms of turnover and gains recorded for the week.

However, with daily case surges in COVID-19 caseloads in major cities around Nigeria, and the high volatility ongoing on Nigeria’s black gold (Brent Crude), Nairametrics envisages cautious buying as geopolitical and economic uncertainty strengthens across the spectrum.

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