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All Share Index dips as Unity Bank continues upward swing

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The Nigerian Stock Exchange closed on a negative note today as the All Share Index fell by 0.06% to close at 32,133.58 basis points. Year to date, the index is down 15.98%

Top Gainers and Losers 

Unity Bank Plc was the best performing stock, for the second day in a row. The stock gained 8.97% to close at N0.85. Honeywell Flour appreciated by 6% to close at N1.06. Law Union and Rock Insurance rounds up the top three gainers with a 5.77% gain to close at N0.55.

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On the flip side, Diamond Bank Plc was the worst performing stock in today’s trading session. The stock declined by 9.52% to close at N0.95.  Eterna Oil Plc fell by 9.17% to close at N4.95. Jaiz Bank Plc rounds up the top three losers with a 9.09% decline to close at N0.40.

Top Trades by volume  

FBN Holdings was the most actively traded stock today. 72 million shares valued at N541 million where traded in 327 deals. Diamond Bank was next with 29.6 million shares valued at N28.1 million traded in 101 deals. Access Bank rounds up the top three with 22.3 million shares valued at N176 million traded in 135 deal.

Corporate Actions

Goldlink Insurance Plc 

Goldlink Insurance Plc today held an emergency board meeting to approve the company’s 2017 audited financial statements. The statements will be forwarded to industry regulator after approval by the board.

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Seplat Petroleum Development Company

The company today announced the following currency exchange rates will be applicable in determination of the Q3 2018 interim dividend payment to any shareholders that qualify for and have elected to receive the Q3 2018 interim dividend payment in Naira or British pounds:
Exchange Rate
                         1USD =306.20Naira
                          1USD = 0.7736GBP
The exchange rate for the Naira or pounds sterling amounts payable was determined by reference to the exchange rates applicable to the US dollar available on 13 November
2018.
The closing date for Dividend currency election to the Company’s Registrars is 28 November 2018. In the absence of a qualifying Dividend currency election by shareholders, dividends will be paid in their default currency

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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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Safest, regulated Cryptocurrency, Arcoin backed by U.S. Treasury securities

The Fund’s shares, Arcoin can be transferred in peer-to-peer transactions. 

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As many institutional investors and global banks search for regulated crypto assets to invest in, Arcoin created by Arca Labs seems to solve such needs. 

The ArCoin is built on the Ethereum blockchain and represents stakes in Arca’s U.S. Treasury Fund, which is regulated by the American Securities and Exchange Commission. Also, it is made up of 80% U.S. Treasury securities. 

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The Arca’s U.S. Treasury Fund can be traced through a customized platform, which enables peer-to-peer transactions. However, for the time being, ArCoin is unavailable on any major securities exchanges. 

In a prospectus filed with the SEC in April 2019 for the then-developing ArCoinArca explained that: 

“In the future, Arca UST Coins may be tradeable on a public decentralized or centralized electronic exchange platform that is registered with the SEC as an alternative trading system (“ATS”), although there is no guarantee any such systems or platforms will be available.” 

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Quick fact; The Fund’s shares (“ArCoins” or “shares”) can be transferred in peer-to-peer transactions on Ethereum, an open, public, distributed ledger that is secured using cryptography (referred to as a “blockchain”).

Ethereum records transactions between two parties in a verifiable and permanent way referred to as “immutability.” 

There are no share certificates, and because the shares can be transferred in peer-to-peer transactions using Ethereum’s technology, the shares are characterized herein as “digital securities.” For more information, including the costs and risks of effecting transactions on Ethereum, see “Peer-to-Peer Transactions,” “About the Digital Securities” and “Risks of Digital Securities. 

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In addition, Jerald David, president of Arca Capital Management, which oversees Arca Labs, explained to Cointelegraph of their intentions in using Treasury-based assets:  

“We wanted to create an instrument that invests in traditionally lower-volatility assets and the U.S. Treasury’s were an ideal choice from that perspective.” 

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Nigerian bourse gains N37.26 billion, triggered by BUACEMENT, ZENITH

Nigerian bourse finished on a bullish note triggered by AIRTELAFRI, BUACEMENT and ZENITH BANK

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The Nigerian Stock Exchange All Share Index finished today by 0.30% to 24,097.48 points, with market capitalization also adding N37.26 billion to close at N12.57 trillion.

However, trading activity was lower as evidenced by a 18.01% decline in volume of equities traded to 155.52 million units, while the value of trades also fell slightly by 6.60% to N2.60 billion. GUARANTY was the most traded by volume and value at 19.72 million units and N413.8 million.

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Market sentiment, as measured by market breadth, was negative as 18 tickers declined, relative to 17 gainers. REDSTAREX and PZ were the top gainers of the day with 9.76% and 5.00% price appreciation, while OKOMUOIL and UNILEVER topped the losers with 9.95% and 9.78% depreciation in share value.

The sectoral performance was mixed as two of the five indices closed higher, while the other three closed the day in the red. The Banking Index (+0.92%) led the advancers, followed distantly by the industrial Index (+0.09%).

Conversely, the Insurance Index fell by -1.92%, while the Consumer and Oil & Gas Index fell by -0.52% and -0.02% respectively.

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FCMB (+4.09%), UBA (+2.48%) and ZENITHBANK (+1.87%) lift the lenders’ Index, while BUACEMENT (+2.51%) raised the industrial Index. MANSARD (-9.66%) and CUSTODIAN (-9.09%) drove the Insurance Index lower, UNILEVER (-9.78%) and GLAXOSMITH (-8.08%) accounted for depreciation in the Consumer Goods Index and MRS (-9.78%) depressed the Energy Index. Similarly, MTNN closed the day lower by -0.86%.

Top gainers 

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REDSTAREX up9.76% to close N3.26,AIRTELAFRI up 3.66% to close at N328.7,BUACEMENT up 2.51% to close at N40.9,ZENITHBANK up 1.87% to close N16.35,PZ up 5.00% to close N4.2

Top losers 

OKOMUOIL down 9.95% to close at N69.7,UNILEVER down 9.78% to close at  N12.45,MRS down 9.78% to close at N12.45,MTNN down 0.86% to close at N115,DANGCEM down 0.79% to close at N126

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Outlook 

Nigerian bourse finished on a bullish note triggered by AIRTELAFRI, BUACEMENT. Nairametrics envisages market volatility will increase in the coming days as earning results are scheduled to come out.

 

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The risk of buying Forex at black market rate of N460/$1 

Between 2012 and 2017 the naira has depreciated by 30% compounded annually.

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If you ask anyone today to choose between being paid in dollars or in naira, there will only be one winner. Since the oil price crash in early March and the ravaging COVID-19 virus, the exchange rate between the naira and dollar has depreciated across the multiple official and unofficial markets where the currency can be purchased. 

At the black market, the exchange rate sells for an average N460/$1 (as at this week) and is projected to go higher depending on who you speak to. At the NAFEX market where forex is sold by exporters and investors, the exchange rate is closer to N388/$1 oscillating between a plus or minus N2 band. Just last week the CBN informed the market that the SMIS window where forex is sold to importers and traders that the new floor for forex purchase in N380/$1. The exchange rate at the official CBN window remains N360/$1.  

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This buttresses the growing calls for the unification of the various exchange rate windows. The market wants a single uniform rate. It is easy to see why. No one wants to be on the losing side if a repeat of 2017 occurs. In case you forgot, the exchange rate was highly volatile in the parallel market trading for as high as N505/$1 before crashing down to N366/$1 after the CBN introduced the NAFEX window. Many people lost money as the naira converged towards that rate. You don’t be in this boat if history repeats itself.  

This is why speculating the exchange rate between the naira and dollar can be a brutally risky exercise compounded by the multiple exchange windows in the country. Buy at N460/$1 today and hold as most non-savvy speculators often do and the multiple forex windows are collapsed into one at N388/$1, as the central bank governor alludes to, things could get very risky. If unifying the exchange unlocks liquidity into the market rate and it holds at N388/$1, there is every likelihood that the parallel market rate will follow suit. Those on the other side of the trade looking to convert their dollars (purchased at N460/$1) into naira will be burned badly.  

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Perhaps a consolation is that so long as Nigeria continues to be import-dependent, it is only a matter of time before the naira depreciates to your buying price. Between 2012 and 2017, the naira has depreciated by 30% compounded annually. You probably only need to wait another 2-3 years and you claw back your losses. But the same cannot be said for anyone with a dollar investment and looking to convert to naira. The burn can be severe. 

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For example, you purchase $1,000 at N460 and invest in an asset that should earn you 10% or $100 in profits. If by the time you liquidate your $1,100 and the exchange rate has strengthened to say N400, your $1100 is now N440,000 compared to the N460,000 it cost you when you purchased at $1,000. The exchange rate loss has basically wiped out your profits and part of your capital.  

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Speculating in forex is hugely rewarding but also very risky. Don’t be fooled to believe it only goes up, things can go down faster than you can imagine. The market will always deliver greater fools. 

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