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Stocks investors should keep an eye on this week



The NSE last week closed on a bearish note with the All Share Index down 0.12% month to date. Here is a rundown of stocks we will be keeping tabs on this week.

C and I Leasing Plc

C and I Leasing was incorporated on December 28, 1990 and commenced business in June 1991. The company was listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange in December 1997. Its principal activities are equipment leasing and logistic solutions through car and marine vessel rentals.


The company had recently announced its intention to raise a N7 billion bond. Proceeds will be used to pay down existing debt and acquire more vessels.

The stock closed at N1.80 On Friday’s trading session and is trading at 2.36 times earnings. 

C and I Leasing made our watchlist by virtue of being last week’s top gainer with a 29% price appreciation. Investors could decide to sell down in the event of no further news surrounding the company.

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Dangote Flour Mills

Dangote Flour Mills is into the milling of wheat and production of wheat based products. The company was incorporated on January 1, 2006.

For the 3 months ended March 2018, revenue fell from N29 billion in 2017 to N26.2 billion in 2018. Profit before tax also fell from N3.9 billion in 2017 to N2.2 billion in 2018.

Dangote Flour Mills closed Friday’s trading session at N11.40 and is currently trading at a PE ratio of 3.69 times earnings.

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Dangote Flour Mills was the biggest loser last week, hence marking a spot on our watch list. The stock shed 18.57%.

Year to date, the stock is down 6.17%, underperforming the All Share Index. This could be the end of a sell-off for the stock.  

Nestle Nigeria Plc

Nestle is into the manufacture, marketing, and distribution of food products, as well as purified water.

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Nestle last week released its results for the first quarter ended March 2018. While revenue increased slightly from N61.1 billion in 2017 to N67.4 billion in 2018, profit before tax dropped slightly from N14.2 billion in 2017 to N13.6 billion in 2018.

Nestle closed Friday’s trading session at N1595 and is trading at 37.22 times its current earnings.

Nestle will be closing its shareholders register this week between 7 – 11, May, hence its spot on our watch list.  Investors may decide to buy the stock before this period in a bid to qualify for dividends.


AXA Mansard

AXA Mansard provides life and non-life insurance contracts. Through its subsidiaries, it also provides asset management and pension administration services.

Mansard closed Friday’s session at N2.35 and is trading at 12.27 times earnings.


AXA  Mansard will be holding its Annual General Meeting this week on May 10. Payment of a  final dividend of N0.06 for the 2017 financial year, if approved, will also take place that day.

Caverton Offshore Support Group Plc

Caverton Offshore Support Group was incorporated in Nigeria on June 2, 2008, as a private limited liability company. The Group operates in the marine and aviation logistics sectors of the Nigerian oil and gas industry. It was listed on the NSE in 2014.

Caverton closed Friday’s session at N2.40 and is currently trading at 2.87 times earnings.

Caverton will be holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on May 8, 2018. Payment of a N0.15 dividend for the 2017 financial year will also take place same day if approved, hence its having its spot on our stocks to watch this week. 

NASCON Allied Industries Plc

NASCON is into the refining and sales of salt, as well as vegetable oil.

For its first quarter ended March 2018, revenue increased from N6.4 billion in 2017 to N6.7 billion in 2018. Profit before tax also rose from N1.1 billion in 2017 to N1.5 billion in 2018.

NASCON ended last week’s trading session at N21.40 and is trading at 10.11 times earnings.

The company will be paying a dividend of N1.50 this week on May 8, hence its spot on our watch list 

Diamond Bank Plc

Diamond Bank was incorporated on December 20, 1990 but began operations on March 21, 1999. Ten years later, in February 2001, it became a universal bank. In January 2005, following a private placement, it  became a public limited company.

Diamond bank ended last week’s trading session at N2.11 and is trading at 8.5 times earnings.

Diamond bank is on our watch list this week by virtue of  the impending release of its FY 2017 and Q1 2018 results.

Last week, the bank sent a notice to the NSE intimating it of a further delay in the release of its FY 2017 financial statements. The bank was however optimistic that the review would be concluded in May and the results subsequently released.

Q1 2018 results would follow suit.

Unilever Nigeria Plc

Unilever Nigeria is a member of the Unilever group. Unilever Nigeria Plc, the company, is into the manufacturing and marketing of foods and personal care products. The Company was quoted on the Nigerian Stock Exchange in 1973.

Unilever closed Friday’s trading session at N52.50 and is trading at 28 times earnings.

Unilever will be holding its Annual General Meeting on May 10, 2018. Payment of the proposed dividend of N0.50 per share, if approved, will take place on May 11, 2018.

Consolidated Hallmark Insurance

Consolidated Hallmark Insurance Plc (formerly Consolidated Risk Insurers Plc) was incorporated on August 2, 1991. The Company changed its name from Consolidated Risk Insurers Plc to Consolidated Hallmark Insurance Plc following its merger with Hallmark Assurance Plc and The Nigerian General Insurance Company Limited.  Consolidated Hallmark Insurance Plc came into effect from March 1, 2007.

Consolidated Hallmark closed Friday’s session at N0.32, and is trading at 9.8 times earnings.

The company will be closing its shareholders register from May 7 – 11, 2018, hence its taking a spot on our stocks to watch this week. 

FBN Holdings Plc

FBN Holdings is the holding company for tier one lender, First Bank and its subsidiaries.

FBN closed at N12.55 on Friday and is trading at 9 times earnings.

FBN Holdings (First bank) will be closing its register from May 7- 11, 2018. Investors may decide to key into the stock in a bid to qualify for dividend and then sell after. 

Berger Paints Nigeria Plc

Berger paints commenced operations in Nigeria on January 9, 1959.

The company is into the manufacture and sales of paints and coatings under 5 distinct segments: Decorative/Architectural finishes, Industrial Coatings, Marine & Protection coatings, Automotive/Vehicle refinishes, Wood Finishing and Preservers.

Berger ended last week’s trading session at N9.50 and is trading at 12.3 times earnings.

The company will close its shareholders register from May 7- 11, 2018. The stock could rally a bit as investors tend to buy into a stock before its closure date, to qualify for dividends. Hence earning a spot on our watch list. 



Onome Ohwovoriole has a degree in Economics and Statistics from the University of Benin and prior to joining Nairametrics in December 2016 as Lead Analyst had stints in Publishing, Automobile Services, Entertainment and Leadership Training. He covers companies in the Nigerian corporate space, especially those listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE). He also has a keen interest in new frontiers like Cryptocurrencies and Fintech. In his spare time, he loves to read books on finance, fiction as well as keep up with happenings in the world of international diplomacy. You can contact him via [email protected]

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COVID-19 Update in Nigeria

On the 8th of July 2020, 460 new confirmed cases and 15 deaths were recorded in Nigeria.



The spread of novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria continue to record significant increase as the latest statistics provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reveal Nigeria now has 30,249 confirmed cases.

On the 8th of July 2020, 460 new confirmed cases and 15 deaths were recorded in Nigeria, having carried out a total test of 169,629 samples across the country.


To date, 30,249 cases have been confirmed, 12,373 cases have been discharged and 684 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. A total of 169,629 tests have been carried out as of July 6th, 2020 compared to 152,952 tests a day earlier.

COVID-19 Case Updates- 8th July 2020,

  • Total Number of Cases – 30,249
  • Total Number Discharged – 12,373
  • Total Deaths – 684
  • Total Tests Carried out – 169,629

According to the NCDC, the 460 new cases were reported from 21 states- Lagos (150), Rivers (49), Oyo (43), Delta (38), FCT (26), Anambra (20), Kano (20), Plateau (18), Edo (14), Bayelsa (13), Enugu (13), Osun (12), Kwara (10), Borno (8), Ogun (7), Kaduna (6), Imo (4), Bauchi (3), Gombe (3), Niger (2), Adamawa (1).

Meanwhile, the latest numbers bring Lagos state total confirmed cases to 11,670, followed by Abuja (2,348), Oyo (1,573), Edo (1,503), Delta (1,323), Kano (1,291), Rivers (1,284), Ogun (1,057),  Kaduna (889), Katsina (628), Borno (563), Ondo (550), Gombe (524), Bauchi (519), Ebonyi (503), Plateau (478), Enugu (431), Abia (400),  Imo (356), Jigawa (318).

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Kwara state has recorded 307 cases, Bayelsa (282), Nasarawa (234), Osun (210), Sokoto (153),  Niger (124), Benue (121), Akwa Ibom (112), Adamawa (100), Anambra (93), Kebbi (86), Zamfara (76), Yobe (61), Ekiti (45), Taraba (27), while Kogi and Cross River state have recorded 5 cases each.


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Lock Down and Curfew

In a move to combat the spread of the pandemic disease, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days, which took effect from 11 pm on Monday, 30th March 2020.

The movement restriction, which was extended by another two-weeks period, has been partially put on hold with some businesses commencing operations from May 4. On April 27th, 2020, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari declared an overnight curfew from 8 pm to 6 am across the country, as part of new measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19. This comes along with the phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos, and Ogun States, which took effect from Saturday, 2nd May 2020, at 9 am.

On Monday, 29th June 2020 the federal government extended the second phase of the eased lockdown by 4 weeks and approved interstate movement outside curfew hours with effect from July 1, 2020.

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July 8, 2020302494606841512373171927
July 7, 2020297895036691512108170127
July 6, 202029286575654911828168047
July 5, 2020287115446451111665164017
July 4, 202028167603634611462160717
July 3, 2020275644546281211069158677
July 2, 2020271106266161310801156937
July 1, 2020264847906031310152157297
June 30, 202025694561590179746153587
June 29, 20202513356657389402151587
June 28, 20202486749056579007149957
June 27, 20202407777955848625148947
June 26, 20202329868455458253144917
June 25, 20202261459454977822142437
June 24, 20202202064954297613138657
June 23, 20202137145253387338135007
June 22, 20202091967552577109132857
June 21, 202020242436518126879128477
June 20, 202019808661506196718125847
June 19, 202019147667487126581120797
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May 10, 202043992481421777834794
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May 8, 202039123861181067931154
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May 6, 20203145195104553425071
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Diversion points for third mainland bridge closure revealed

There would be a diversion of traffic in 2 phases during the partial closure of the bridge.



FG discloses measures, diversion points for traffic during closure of Third Mainland Bridge

The Federal Government has announced the different phases points of diversion of traffic during the partial closure of the Third Mainland bridge for repair works.

This was disclosed during a joint press conference by the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Engr Olukayode Popoola, the Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde and the Special Adviser to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Works, Engr Aramide Adeyoye, on Tuesday at Alausa Ikeja.


During the press conference, the Federal and Lagos State Governments have appealed to motorists and Lagos residents to cooperate with government and appropriate agencies during the 6 months partial closure of the Third Mainland Bridge for maintenance work, which is expected to start on July 24.

They also assured Lagosians that necessary measures would be put in place to reduce gridlocks during partial closure of the bridge as they would work with appropriate authorities to direct and control traffic movement in the affected areas and alternative routes.

Engr. Popoola revealed that there would be diversion of traffic in 2 phases during the partial closure of the bridge between Friday, July 24, 2020 and January 24, 2021.

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He said the First Phase of the diversion, which will last for 3 months of repairs of the Oworonsoki bound lane of the Third Mainland Bridge, would be for morning traffic from 12:00 am to 1:00 pm from Oworonshoki to Lagos Island on the Lagos Island-bound lane, while the afternoon traffic from 1:00 pm to 12:00 am would be from Lagos Island to Oworonsoki on the Lagos Island-bound lane.

Engr. Popoola said the Phase 2 of the diversion, which would last also for three months of repairs of the Lagos Island-bound lane of the Third Mainland Bridge, would be for morning traffic from 12:00 am to 1:00 pm from Oworonsoki to Lagos Island on the Oworonsoki bound lane, while the afternoon traffic from 1:00 pm to 12:00 am would be from Lagos Island to Oworonsoki on the Oworonsoki bound lane.

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Popoola said, “Motorists are advised to also ply these alternative routes: First, from Carter Bridge through Iddo through Oyingbo to join Adekunle ramp inward Oworonsoki. Secondly, from Ijora Olopa through Western Avenue to Ikorodu Road.

On his own part, the Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Oladeinde said priority will be given to those driving from Mainland to the Island in morning and afternoon to use the Third Mainland while those driving against traffic will use the alternative routes.

READ MORE: FG to shut Third Mainland Bridge for 6 months 

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Dr. Oladeinde assured motorists that Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) will work with Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in all the alternative routes to ensure that motorists have a smooth journey during the partial closure of the bridge.

The commissioner advised those who don’t have any genuine reason to be on the road to stay at home to reduce vehicular movement during this period while adding that the public vehicles would be available and affordable for road users.

He said: “If you don’t have to travel, I will advise that you stay at home so that we can minimise the number of vehicles on the road. If you can work at home, please do. But if you can’t, we will ensure will be on the road for you to get to your destination as quickly as possible.”


Dr. Oladeinde also advised people of Lagos State to use alternative transport such as ferries. He said there will be an increase in the number of fleets by the Lagos Ferry Services in the morning for people from Ikorodu and Mile 2 as alternative transportation.

READ ALSO: Fourth Mainland Bridge to begin before December


Also speaking, Engr. Adeyoye while appreciating the Federal Government for the repair of Third Mainland Bridge, said Lagos State Government has commenced necessary preparatory works on all the alternative routes in the state to make them motorable for the commuters.

Adeyoye said the state will do its best within two weeks to work on all the roads that may likely cause gridlocks to be free of potholes.

She also warned trucks and vehicles that are not road worthy or serviceable to stay away from Lagos roads.






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Africa’s GDP could fall by 3.4% in 2020 if COVID-19 continues – AfDB 

The bank warns projected GDP losses for 2021 ranges from $27.6 billion to $47 billion.



Akinwunmi Adesina, Afdb, Africa’s GDP could fall by 3.4% in 2020 if COVID-19 continues – AFDB

The African Development Bank (AFDB) published its African Economic Outlook 20202 Supplement on Tuesday and warned that the continent’s GDP would fall by at least 1.7%, and if the coronavirus pandemic continues into the second half of 2020, it could contract up to 3.4%. 

“Real GDP in Africa is projected to contract by 1.7% in 2020, dropping by 5.6 percentage points from the January 2020 pre-COVID-19 projection of the virus, if the virus has a substantial impact but of short duration. If it continues beyond the first half of 2020, there would be a deeper GDP contraction in 20202 of 3.4% down by 7.3 percentage points from growth projected before the outbreak of COVID-19,” the bank said. 


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AFDB warns that cumulative GDP losses could range between $173.1 billion and $236.7 billion in 2020-2021. 

“Africa could suffer GDP losses in 20202 between $145.5 billion (baseline) and $189.7 billion (worst case) from the pre-COVID-19 estimated GDP of $2.59 trillion for 2020”. 

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The bank warned some losses will be carried over into 2021, as the projected recovery would be partial, and warns projected GDP losses for 2021 ranges from $27.6 billion to $47 billion (worst case). 

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The bank said countries with poor healthcare systems, oil-exporting nations, tourism-dependent nations and other resource-dependent nations will be the hardest hit. 

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The bank calls for countries to reopen economies and advised a “phased and incremental approach that carefully evaluates the trade-off between restarting economic activity to quickly and safeguarding the health of the population”. 

READ ALSO: Recession: Nigerian economy to slide by 3.4% in 2020 – IMF

The Economic Outlook Supplement is a revised projection from an earlier January outlook that projected 3.9% growth from Africa’s largest multilateral bank. 

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