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Losses slow to a trickle on the Nigerian Stock Exchange

Losses on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) slowed in today’s trading.

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Nigerian stock exchange, All share index, Nigerian bourse, Investors, Bulls gather momentum ASI up 0.48%, gained N55.3 billion, Dangote ,MTN & Gtbank hit a home run as Nigeria’s bourse continues bullish momentum

Losses on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) slowed in today’s trading after yesterday’s plunge. The All-Share Index closed at 32,022.23 basis points, down 0.84%. Year to date, the exchange is down 16.27% and is the worst performing in Africa.

Top Gainers and Losers 

Skye Bank was the best performing stock in today’s trading session. The stock closed at N0.67, up 9.84%. Unity Bank closed at N0.85, up 8.97%. Transcorp Plc rounds up the top three gainers for today, closing at N1.13, up 4.63%.

Wapco Plc depreciated by 10% to close at N20.70, and was the worst performing stock, Conoil Plc fell by 9.88% to close at N21.90. Cement Company of Northern Nigeria (CCNN) rounds up the top three losers closing at N25.10, down 9.87%.

Top Trades by Volume 

Guaranty Trust Bank was the largest trading stock by volume. 28.1 million shares valued at N929 million were traded in 188 deals. Zenith Bank was next with 25.8 million shares valued at N514 million traded in 275 deals. Skye Bank rounds up the top three most traded with 18.8 million shares valued at N11.1 million traded in 120 deals.

Corporate Actions

Courteville Business Solutions  

Courteville Business Solutions has appointed Ms. Irunna Ejibe and Olufemi Adekoya as Independent Non-Executive directors.

Greif Nigeria Plc

Greif Nigeria Plc has announced the retirement of its Managing Director, Mr. Olukunle A. Obadina with effect from 31st October 2018. The company disclosed this in a notice sent to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).

He will, however, be appointed as a non-executive member of the Board of Directors effective 1st November 2018.

Ellah Lakes Plc

Ellah Lakes Plc, will be holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday, September 27, 2018. Under special business to be discussed, is a proposed N5 billion capital raise through a private placement.

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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Currencies

Naira crashes to record low at NAFEX as low dollar supply persists

The exchange rate between the naira and the US Dollar closed at N411.63/$1, a 3 months record low, at the Investors and Exporters window on Tuesday.

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Naira falls across forex markets as businesses resume after public holidays

The exchange rate between the naira and the US Dollar closed at N411.63/$1, a 3 months record low, at the Investors and Exporters window on Tuesday.

Naira depreciated against the US Dollar on Tuesday as it closed at N411.63 to a dollar at the NAFEX window, representing a 0.59% drop when compared to N409.2 recorded on the previous trading day.

Meanwhile, the naira appreciated against the dollar to close at N480/$1 on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. This represents a N2 gain when compared with the N482/$1 that it closed on the previous trading day.

Although forex turnover at the Investor and Exporters (I&E) window rose by 142.7% from $24.38 million recorded on Friday to $59.17 million on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, the dollar supply still remains low.

Trading at the official NAFEX window

The Naira depreciated against the US Dollar at the Investors and Exporters window on Tuesday to close at N411.63/$1. This represents a N2.43 drop when compared to N409.2 recorded on the previous trading day.

  • The opening indicative rate closed at N410.11 to a dollar on Tuesday. This represents an 81kobo drop when compared to N409.3/$1 recorded on Monday.
  • Also, an exchange rate of N415 to a dollar was the highest rate during intra-day trading before it closed at N411.63/$1. It also sold for as low as N388.25/$1 during intra-day trading.
  • Forex turnover at the Investor and Exporters (I&E) window rose by 142.7% on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.
  • According to the data tracked by Nairametrics from FMDQ, forex turnover increased from $24.38 million recorded on Monday, March 1, 2021, to $59.17 million on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.

Cryptocurrency watch

The world’s largest cryptocurrency, Bitcoin dropped on Tuesday to close at $48,814.26 compared to its previous closing of $49,629.33.

  • The highly volatile digital asset has risen 76% from the year’s low of $27,734 recorded on the 4th of January 2021.
  • The world’s biggest and best-known cryptocurrency has however fallen by 16.3% from the year’s high of $58,354 recorded on the 21st of February 2021.
  • Meanwhile, Ether ETH=BTSP, the coin linked to the ethereum blockchain network, dropped by 3.95% to $1,520.66 on Tuesday.

Oil price decline

Brent Crude oil dropped $0.95 on Tuesday to close at $63.01 representing a 1.5% decline when compared to $63.96 recorded on the previous trading day.

  • The oil price rally had stumbled on the uncertainty surrounding OPEC+ and a stronger dollar.
  • Besides the obvious factors that affect oil prices, such as the upcoming OPEC+ meeting that could result in an agreement to boost production, which would dampen prices, there was one new factor, the potential for worsening U.S.-Saudi relations.
  • This is coming after the Biden administration released a report that implicated the Saudi Government in the murder of Journalist, Jamal Khashoggi which could negatively affect US-Saudi relations.
  • Meanwhile, Analysts are expecting next week’s meeting of OPEC and its allies to result in more supply returning to the market as the oil prices rally over $60 per barrel.
  • WTI Crude closed at $59.97 (0.37%), OPEC Basket $64.24 (-0.20%), Bonny Light $62.71 (-1.95%), and Natural Gas (+0.04%).

External reserve dips to lowest in two months

Nigeria’s external reserve continued its decline as it dropped by 0.29% to stand at $34.998 billion as of March 1, 2021, compared to $35.1 billion recorded as of February 26, 2021.

  • This represents the lowest external reserve position Nigeria has recorded in over two-months when it stood at $34.98 billion as of 24, December 2020.
  • It is also worth noting that Nigeria lost over $1.2 billion in external reserves in the month of February.
  • According to data obtained from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), external reserves declined from $36.3 billion as of 29th of January 2021 to $35.1 billion as of 26th of February 2021.
  • The decline in Nigeria’s external reserve has persisted in the month of February, despite rallying oil prices in the month. This is a cause for worry, as Nigeria will hope to boost its reserve in order to meet up with its accumulated needs, hindered by the crash in oil prices earlier in 2020.

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Google adds Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin on its finance platform

Google has added selected cryptos to its finance platform.

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Google building its own debit card, Google’s advertising business faces breakup, Google supports media firms in Nigeria, others with $39.5 million

Google, the world’s most powerful and valuable search engine, recently added selected cryptos to its finance platform.

Alongside leading financial markets, particularly in emerged markets, the trillion-dollar company added a “Crypto” section thereby giving Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash more limelight.

This comes as no surprise to many market watchers, as the leading tech brand incorporating cryptos on its finance page follows a long wave in mainstream approval over the past months.

There is no doubt, 2021 continues to shape up as a very exciting year for crypto assets relatively.

The flagship crypto has gotten more credibility in recent days from blue-chip companies like Mastercard and America’s oldest bank, BNY Mellon showing support for Bitcoin.

Mastercard had earlier disclosed it would open up its network to some cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin.

PayPal and the world’s largest asset fund manager BlackRock have also made big moves to support crypto.

Investments from Square, Paul Tudor Jones, MassMutual, and SkyBridge Capital are further indisputable evidence of big money investors in the flagship crypto market.

Recall some months ago, as the fastest ever-changing financial asset continued to gain traction, renowned financial data media company, Bloomberg Intelligence, gave critical insights on why bitcoin, in just about five years’ time, could hit a valuation of $100,000.

“Bitcoin’s foundation is firming for further price advances if its history is a guide. Since initially reaching $10,000 in 2017, the benchmark crypto corrected about 70% and remains in an extended period of consolidation around that level.”

“It would be recalled that in 2013, Bitcoin was trading barely at a price of about a thousand dollars. It corrected about 80% and consolidated in 2017, after initially reaching $1,000, it added a zero.

“Considering normal maturation, about double the time frame from $1,000 to $10,000 would come in around 2025, for Bitcoin to potentially add another zero.”

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