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Beta Glass Plc leads top gainers for the week

Beta Glass Plc led the top 10 gainers on the Nigerian Stock Exchange for the trading week ended May 10. 2019. The stock appreciated by 23.1% to close at N68.95.



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This week was a bearish one at the Nigerian Stock Exchange, as the All Share Index closed down 1.25% at 28.847.81 basis points. Year to date, the index is down 8.2% 

Top Gainers 

Beta Glass 

Beta Glass Plc was the best performing stock this week, appreciating by 23.1%. The stock opened at N56 and closed at N68.95, up N12.95. Year to date, the stock is up 0.95% 

Courteville Business Solutions  

Courteville  Business Solutions opened the week at N0.22 and closed at N0.25, up N0.03 or 13.6%. Year to date, the stock is up 25% 

NEM Insurance Plc  

NEM Insurance Plc gained 13.1% this week. The stock opened at N2.21 and closed at N2.50, up N0.29. Year to date, the stock is down 7.41% 

Regency Alliance Insurance 

Regency Alliance Insurance Plc appreciated by 8.6% this week. The stock opened at N0.23 and closed at N0.25, up N0.02. Year to date, the stock is up 19.05% 


Sovereign Trust Insurance 

Sovereign Trust Insurance also appreciated by 8.6% this week. The stock opened at N0.23 and closed at N0.25, up N0.02.  Year to date, the stock is also up 19.05% 


Goldlink Insurance Plc  

Goldlink Insurance Plc was the worst performing stock this week, declining by 36.1%. The stock opened at N0.36 and closed at N0.23, down N0.13. Year to date, the stock is down 56.6% 

Japaul Oil  

Japaul Oil and Maritime Services also fell sharply this week, after several weeks of gains. The stock sehd 33.3% opening at N0.39 and closing at N0.26, down N0.13. Year to date, the stock is up 23.81% 

Neimeth International Pharmaceuticals 

Neimeth International Pharmaceuticals shed 25.4% this week. The stock opened at N0.67 and closed at N0.50, down N0.17. Year to date, the stock is down 35.90%.  


 Caverton Plc  

 Caverton Offshore Support Group Plc opened the week at N3 and closed at N2.46, down N0.54 or 18%. Year to date, the index is up 28.13%  

Ikeja Hotel 

Ikeja Hotel shed 17.14% this week. The stock opened at N1.75 and closed at N1.45, down N0.30. Year to date, the stock is down 5.23% 



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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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Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp user base top 3.3 billion, Q4 revenue of $28 billion

More people are spending their time online on the bias COVID-19 pandemic has negatively disrupted social mobility.



The world’s biggest social media company, Facebook, recently posted its fourth-quarter earnings which were better than what many stock market experts had expected, against a backdrop of growing regulatory and political challenges.

Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp now have a combined user base of 3.3 billion to get their messages out.

Facebook itself has about 2.8 billion monthly users, beating the Wall Street market prediction of 2.76 billion, as humans spend more of their activities online on the basis that the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively disrupted social mobility.

Here are highlights of key metrics expected versus the comparable year-ago quarter, according to a Bloomberg consensus forecast of Wall Street analysts:

  • Revenue: $28 billion vs $26.407 billion estimated; $21.082 billion in Q4 2019.
  • Earnings per share (Adjusted): $3.88 vs $3.54 expected; $2.56 in Q4 2019.
  • Ad Revenue: $27.19 billion vs. $26.07 billion expected; $20.74 billion in Q4 2019.
  • Daily Active Users (DAU): 1.84 billion vs 1.828 billion estimates; 1.66 billion in Q4 2019.

“We believe our business has benefited from two broad economic trends playing out during the pandemic. The first is the ongoing shift towards online commerce.


“The second is the shift in consumer demand towards products and away from services.” Facebook CFO, Dave Wehner, said.

Capital expenditures including principal payments on finance leases, were $4.82 billion and $15.72 billion for the fourth quarter and full year of 2020, respectively.

Cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities were $61.95 billion as of December 31, 2020.

However, in spite of an impressive earning resulted posted by the world’s most valuable social media company, Facebook shares tanked by more than 3% on the consideration that the company printed a blurry outlook amid growing regulatory concerns and stiff competition.


“We also expect to face more significant ad targeting headwinds in 2021. This includes the impact of platform changes, notably iOS 14, as well as the evolving regulatory landscape. While the timing of the iOS 14 changes remains uncertain, we would expect to see an impact beginning late in the first quarter,” Dave Wehner said.

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iPhone users top 1 billion, Apple posts revenue of $111.4 billion

The company passed 1.65 billion total installed devices worldwide in the quarter, with the installed base of iPhone topping 1 billion.



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The world’s most valuable listed company, Apple, printed better-than-expected results for its fiscal first quarter on the basis that users acquired more Macs, iPads, iPhones, and other Apple products at a record pace. Apple’s sales also beat stock market experts’ expectations.

However, Apple shares were down on account that the company failed to provide guidance for the December quarter, which made some investors jittery, thereby shorting the stock.

READ: Apple’s CEO’s package has totaled over $963.5 million since 2011

  • On a conference call with stock market experts and journalists, Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, disclosed the company passed 1.65 billion total installed devices worldwide in the quarter, with the installed base of iPhone topping 1 billion.
  • Overall, Apple printed a revenue of $111.4 billion, up 21% from the year-earlier quarter, and profits of $1.68 a share. That was well above the Wall Street consensus of $102.8 billion and $1.40 a share.

“This quarter for Apple wouldn’t have been possible without the tireless and innovative work of every Apple team member worldwide,” said Tim Cook. “We’re gratified by the enthusiastic customer response to the unmatched line of cutting-edge products that we delivered across a historic holiday season.”

READ: Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp user base top 3.3 billion, Q4 revenue of $28 billion


The three months ended Dec. 31 were also strong for Apple laptops and tablets. For iPads, sales were $8.4 billion, up 41%, and ahead of the stock market expert prediction of $7.4 billion.

Apple sales gained about 12% in the Americas, 57% in Greater China, and 17% in Europe, with gains of 33% in Japan and 11.5% in the rest of Asia.

The tech company’s wearables sales posted incredible numbers as well, with gains of 30% to $13 billion, ahead of the stock market experts’ prediction at $11.5 billion. And services revenue jumped 24% to $15.7 billion, ahead of the Street consensus at $15.2 billion.

READ: Stay-at-Home Stocks: Microsoft, Apple, Facebook surge after upbeat results from Netflix


“We are also focused on how we can help the communities we’re a part of build back strongly and equitably, through efforts like our Racial Equity and Justice Initiative as well as our multi-year commitment to invest $350 billion throughout the United States.”

“Our December quarter business performance was fueled by double-digit growth in each product category, which drove all-time revenue records in each of our geographic segments and an all-time high for our installed base of active devices,” said Luca Maestri, Apple’s CFO.

READ: Bill Gates holds far more cash than Nigeria’s foreign reserve

“These results helped us generate a record operating cash flow of $38.8 billion. We also returned over $30 billion to shareholders during the quarter as we maintain our target of reaching a net cash neutral position over time.”

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Apple’s Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend of $0.205 per share of the company’s common stock. The dividend is payable on February 11, 2021, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on February 8, 2021.

The most valuable tech company had posted gains of over 80% in 2020 as the Dow Jones Industrial Average, of which it is a component, has risen about 6%.

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Naira gains at black market as external reserves improves on higher oil prices

The exchange rate at the black market where forex traded unofficially appreciated at N478/$1.



Dollar, Exchange rate, FOREX, NAFEX market turnover drop by 59%, Naira crashes to N470/$1 as currency uncertainty worsens 

On January 27, 2021, the exchange rate at the black market where forex is traded unofficially, saw an appreciation to N478/$1. The exchange rate at the parallel market closed at N480/$1 on the previous trading day of January 26, 2021, representing a N2 gain.

Why Naira is appreciating

  • This can be attributed to moderate demand for dollars in the face of tight liquidity in the foreign exchange market.
  • The CBN has also suggested that the dramatic improvement in the country’s external reserve is due to an increase in global crude oil prices. This has increased the capacity of the apex bank to intervene in the foreign exchange market.

READ: Non-oil sector is critical to Nigeria’s economic recovery in 2021 – Cordros Capital

To streamline supply and ensure there is enough to meet rising demand, the CBN moved to ensure strict monetary control of the forex market threatening to expel exporters who refuse to remit foreign exchange proceeds in the NAFEX market. It also warned against paying diaspora remittances in naira. 

The CBN may have also confirmed the forex pressures businesses are facing in its monetary policy communique of January 26, 2020, when it cited it as a reason for the weak purchasing managers index.

“This weak performance was attributed to the resurgence of the pandemic, foreign exchange pressures, increased costs of production, a general increase in prices and decline in economic activities.”


READ: Naira gains at NAFEX window as external reserves increase by $1 billion

Trading at the official NAFEX window

The Naira depreciated marginally against the dollar at the Investors and Exporters (I&E) window on Wednesday, closing at N394.25/$1. This represents a 25 kobo drop when compared to the N394/$1 that it closed on the previous trading day.

  • The opening indicative rate was N394.06 to a dollar on Wednesday, representing a 46 kobo drop when compared with the N393.60 to a dollar that was recorded on Tuesday, January 26, 2021.
  • The N396 to a dollar was the highest rate during intra-day trading before it closed at N394.25 to a dollar. It also sold for as low as N385/$1 during intra-day trading.
  • Forex turnover at the Investor and Exporters (I&E) window dropped by 52.45% on Wednesday, January 27, 2021.
  • According to the data tracked by Nairametrics from FMDQ, forex turnover declined from $108.34 million on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, to $51.51 million on Wednesday, January 27, 2021.

READ: FG posts 27% revenue shortfall in 2020 as budget deficit hit N6.1 trillion

Oil price steady rise

Brent crude oil price hit about $55.81 on Thursday morning as US crude stockpiles decrease by about 5.2 million barrels last week. A higher crude oil draw (a decrease in crude oil inventory) is attributed to higher refining activities in the world’s largest economy.

  • Oil prices have been dragging since last week after the IEA released a report that slashed its outlook for oil in 2021.
  • According to the IEA, “Global oil demand is expected to recover by 5.5 mb/d to 96.6 mb/d in 2021, following an unprecedented collapse of 8.8 mb/d in 2020. For now, a resurgence in Covid-19 cases is slowing the rebound, but a widespread vaccination effort and an acceleration in economic activity is expected to spur stronger growth in the second half of the year.
  • “After falling by a record 6.6 mb/d in 2020, world oil supply is set to rise by over 1 mb/d this year, with OPEC+ adding more than those outside the bloc. There may be scope for higher growth given our expectations for further improvement in demand in 2H21. After holding flat at 92.8 mb/d in December, global supply is rising this month with OPEC+ due to ramp up during January.
  • Nigeria needs oil prices to stay above $50 to balance its budget and improve on its 2021 revenue projection of N6.6 trillion for the year.
  • Nigeria’s 2021 budget includes a target crude oil benchmark price of $40/barrel and crude oil production of 1.86 million barrels per day.
  • Nigeria has a production capacity of 2.5 million barrels per day but is subject to OPEC’s crude oil production cuts, which are expected to help sustain higher oil prices.
  • The higher oil prices and steady production output have positively impacted Nigeria’s external reserves, rising sharply to $36.304 million according to central bank data dated January 14, 2020.
  • This is a sign that higher oil prices and steady output levels may be contributing significantly to Nigeria’s foreign exchange position.

READ: Oil prices drop amid delay in $900 billion economic stimulus package

Higher oil prices drive up Nigeria’s external reserves

  • The external reserve has dropped for the first time in about 5 weeks to $36.431 billion as of January 26, 2021. However, this is a huge improvement on the $35.373 billion that it was as of December 31, 2020.c
  • Nairametrics had earlier reported that the government may have taken receipt of the $1-1.5 billion World Bank loan. However, excerpts of the CBN Monetary Policy communique of January 26th suggest the inflows may have been driven by higher oil revenues.
  • According to the CBN, “On the external reserves position, the Committee noted the increase in the level of external reserves, which stood at US$36.23 billion as at 21st January 2021 compared with US$34.94 billion at the end of November 2020. This reflected improvements in crude oil prices, partial global economic recovery amid optimism over the discovery and distributions of COVID-19 vaccines by most developed economies.”
  • The external reserves have increased by $1.135 billion since December 31, 2020, when it closed the year at $35.3 billion.
  • Nigeria also needs the external reserves to hit $40 billion if it is to adequately meet some of the pent up demand that has piled up since 2020 when oil prices crashed and the pandemic caused major economic lockdowns.

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