The Nigerian Stock Exchange closed up strongly in today’s trading session. The All Share Index ended at 32,462.31 basis points, up 2.14%. Year to date, the index is up 3.28%.
Top Gainers and Losers
For the second day in a row, the top three gainers appreciated by 10%. Jaiz Bank was the best performing stock today. The stock gained N0.05 to close at N0.55, up 10%. Livestock Feeds also gained N0.05 to close at N0.55, up 10%. Dangote Flour rounds up the top three gainers for today, adding N0.75 to close at N8.25, up 10%.
On the flip side, Regency Alliance Insurance was the worst performing stock today. The stock shed 8% to close at N0.23. UAC Properties was next, declining by 7.85% to close at N1.76. LASACO Assurance shed 6.06% to close at N0.31.
Top Trades by Volume
Diamond Bank was the most actively traded stock today. 125 million shares valued at N304 million were traded in 186 deals. Zenith Bank was next with 63.1 million shares valued at N1.5 billion were traded in 754 deals. Guaranty Trust Bank rounds up the top three most actively traded with 57.1 million shares valued at N2.2 billion traded in 413 deals.
Troubling signs on crypto market, SEC tags many crypto assets as Securities
These further suggest the head of the financial watchdog could tighten its grip on the crypto market.
Dark clouds hover above the cryptoverse as the leader of the world’s most powerful investments regulatory agency affirmed most crypto assets as securities.
Gary Gensler, the chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in his most recent appearance on CNBC’s Squawk Box, opined that “many” crypto-assets were securities, meaning many of these assets required regulatory oversights and exchanges trading such crypto assets require at least a form of SEC regulation.
"At the core I think investor protection has helped economic growth," says SEC Chair Gary Gensler. "Transparency and competition in markets that's good for investors, that's good for issuers." pic.twitter.com/FoD8MH7JND
— Squawk Box (@SquawkCNBC) May 7, 2021
In his words:
“The extent that something is a security, the SEC has a lot of authority. And a lot of crypto tokens—I won’t call them cryptocurrencies for this moment—are indeed securities.”
What you must know
An asset is considered a financial security asset if it is a tradable financial asset and thus has monetary value.
What Gensler said suggests that the financial assets watchdog could tighten its grip on the crypto market. Recall that SEC is already battling with Ripple and calling XRP a security asset.
However, Gary Gensler described the flagship crypto asset as a store of value but with a very volatile characteristic and not a security.
It’s important to understand why the regulator doesn’t classify Bitcoin as a security. It is based on the fact that its existence began through mining as an incentive in validating a distributed platform. There are no pre-mined coins, no initial token offering, and no kind of business entity governing it.
A few months ago, Nigeria’s Securities and Exchange Commission released guidelines referring to cryptoassets as securities, except proven otherwise.
- The position of the Commission is that virtual crypto assets are securities, unless proven otherwise.
- Thus, the burden of proving that the crypto assets proposed to be offered are not securities and therefore not under the jurisdiction of the SEC, is placed on the issuer or sponsor of the said assets.
- Issuers or sponsors are expected to satisfy the burden of proving that the virtual assets do not constitute securities by making an initial assessment filing.
- However, where the finding of the Commission is that the virtual assets are indeed securities (not structured to be exclusively offered through crowdfunding portals or other exempt methods), then the issuer or sponsor must register the digital assets.
That being said, recent price actions reveal the bullish trend in the crypto market is still very much in play despite regulatory fears surrounding the crypto market as its market value now stands at $2.42 trillion, posting a 2.47% increase over the last day.
Bullish dominance in the NGX Banking Index
The NGX Banking Index made a bullish recovery at the end of yesterday’s trading session with an increase of +1.11%, pushing the index points to 354.25.
The NGX Banking Index made a bullish recovery at the end of yesterday’s trading session with an increase of +1.11%, pushing the index points to 354.25. There were 5 profits opposing 5 losses, but the magnitude of the gainers pushed the Banking Index into the green.
Union Bank led the gainers with a profit of +0.45, pushing its price upwards from N4.95 to N5.40.
Zenith Bank came second amongst the gainers with a profit of +1.14%, posting N22.20 from the previous day’s close of N21.95.
Guaranty Trust Bank also closed in profits with an increase of +0.86%, leaving its price at N29.40 from its previous price of N29.00. Sterling Bank was also part of the gainers with a profit of +0.63% putting its price at N1.60 from its previous close of N1.58.
Access Bank made profits of 0.62%, pushing its prices to N8.15 from N8.10.
Wema Bank was the biggest loser at the end of yesterday’s trading session as it made losses of -4.92%, leaving its price at N0.58 from N0.61.
Jaiz Bank also made losses of -3.23%, pushing its closing price to N0.63 from N0.62 obtained the previous day.
Ecobank joined the losers, posting a loss of -1.89% which put its price at N5.20 from its previous price of N5.30.
Fidelity Bank followed with a loss of -0.90%, putting its price at N2.24 from N2.22. UBA also posted a loss of -0.69%, pushing its price from N7.25 to N7.20.
- Market sentiment tends bullish as the magnitude of gainers outweighed the losers despite the 5 gainers and 5 losers held at the end of the trading session.
- Nairametrics advises cautious buying amid growing uncertainties.
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- Afromedia Plc reports a loss after tax of N27.3 million in Q1 2021.