The Nigerian Stock Exchange ended Tuesday’s trading session in positive territory, continuing its bull sentiment from Monday. The All Share Index closed at 30,218.14 basis points, up 2.88%. Year to date, the index is down 3.86%.
Top Gainers and Losers: MTN Nigeria Plc was the best performing stock today. The stock gained 9.98% to close at N131.70. Africa Prudential Plc gained 9.44% to close at N3.94. Thomas Wyatt Plc rounds up the top three gainers for today. The stock gained 8.82% to close at N0.37.
On the flip side, Livestock Feeds Plc was the worst performing stock, declining by 10% to close at N0.63. Juli Plc fell by 9.58% to close at N1.51. Afromedia Plc rounds up the top three losers for the day with a 8.89% loss to close at N0.41.
Top Trades by Volume: MTN Nigeria Plc was the most actively traded stock today. 110.71 million shares valued at N14.58 billion were traded in 292 deals. FBN Holdings Plc was next with 31.43 million shares valued at N218 million traded in 239 deals. Sterling Bank Plc rounds up the top three most actively traded stocks today with 26.13 million shares valued at N60.16 million traded in 143 deals.
Omoluabi Mortgage Bank Plc released its financial statement for the year ended 31 December 2018. Here are the highlights of the result:
Gross earnings declined by 11% from N518.37 million in 2017 to N460.93 million in 2018. Profit before tax also fell from N187.53 million in 2017 to N95.93 million in 2018. Declining by 48.84%. Similarly, profit after tax dropped to N79.53 million in 2018 from N173.46 million in 2017. Decreasing by 54.15%. Earnings per share reduced from 3.50 kobo in 2017 to 1.56 kobo in 2018.
MTN Nigeria: MTN Nigeria has denied any wrongdoings regarding the sales of its shares which the telecommunications company listed on Thursday, May 16, 2019. The shares of MTN Nigeria are currently scarce in the stock market. This has led to claims that investors are being shutout from taking up shares in the company.
GMD, 2 Executive Directors buy 5 million additional units of Zenith Bank Plc shares
In three separate transactions, major stakeholders purchased 5 million units of Zenith Bank’s shares.
Zenith Bank Plc, Group Managing Director, Mr Ebenezer Onyeagwu, and two Executive Directors, Messrs. Dennis Olisa and Ahmed Umar Shuaib, have purchased an aggregate of 5 million units of additional Zenith Bank Plc shares.
This was disclosed by the bank, in a notification sent to the Nigerian Stock Exchange, and seen by Nairametrics.
According to the notification, signed by the Company’s secretary, Michael Osilama Otu, the purchase was made in the bourse, over three transactions on the 16th and 17th of September, 2020.
As part of the regulatory requirements, the disclosure must be reported to the Nigerian Stock Exchange, especially when the trade is executed by a major shareholder or director of a listed firm.
Breakdown of the deal
According to the details of the deal verified by Nairametrics, Mr. Dennis Olisa pulled the highest deal as he purchased 2,000,000 additional units of Zenith Bank Plc’s shares at an average of N17.18 per unit, totaling N34.36 million. Mr. Ahmed Umar Shuaib also purchased 2,000,000 additional units of the Bank’s share, at an average price of N16.99 worth N33.98 million. Completing the trio was, Mr. Ebenezer Onyeagwu who purchased 1,000,000 additional units at an average of N17.05 worth N17.05 million.
This major purchase boosted the total number of trade deals (Volume) posted by the Bank in the NSE market, as the deals contributed about 11.61% of the Bank’s total deals between 16th and 17th of September, 2020.
What this means
Based on the recently released H1 2020 Financial Results of Zenith Bank, Mr. Ebenezer Onyeagwu had 45,500,000 direct shares as of June 30, 2020. Mr. Ahmed Umar Shuaib had 7,577,343 direct shares, while Mr. Dennis Olisa had 7,122,316 direct shares. All these remained unchanged from their reported shares in H1 2019.
With the addition of 1,000,000 shares, Mr. Ebenezer Onyeagwu’s stake increased to 46,500,000, indicating an increase of 2.19%. Mr. Ahmed Shuaib’s shares also leaped by 26.39% to 9,577,343, while Mr. Deniss Olisa’s shares increased by 28.08% to 9,122,316 direct shares.
This deal may signify that the Bank’s insiders expect an increase in share price. It is a positive signal to outsiders, coming from top insiders who are abreast with latest information on the Bank’s prospects.
This can play a vital role in stimulating a bullish trend. Zenith Bank’s share price is currently trading at N16.70 on the NSE.
Regardless of the impact of the pandemic on the income and revenue of banks, Zenith bank still remained one of the high-flying financial organizations in Nigeria. For example, the tier-1 bank’s gross earnings grew by 4.37% from N331.5 billion in H1 2019 to N346.1 billion in H1, 2020. Its Profit After Tax increased by 16.81% from N111.7 billion to N114.1 billion within the period under review. The aforementioned factors might have been the reason behind the recent bullish trend for its stock.
Naira gains at black market as CBN moves against prominent businessmen for forex abuse
The Naira appreciated against the dollar to close at N462/$1 on Thursday.
Nigeria’s exchange rate at the NAFEX window remained stable for the fourth consecutive trading day to still close at N386/$1 during intraday trading on Thursday, September 17.
Also, the naira appreciated closing at N462/$1 at the parallel market as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) intensifies its move against forex abuse by asking banks to send domiciliary accounts details of some prominent businessmen
Parallel Market: At the black market where forex is traded unofficially, the Naira appreciated against the dollar to close at N462/$1 on Thursday, according to information from Abokifx, a prominent FX tracking website. This represents a N3 gain when compared with the N465/$1 that it exchanged on Wednesday, September 16.
- The local currency has strengthened by about 7.8% within the last one week at the black market, as the Central Bank of Nigeria introduced some measures targeted at exporters and importers in order to try to boost the supply of dollars in the foreign exchange market and reduce the high demand for forex by traders.
- The CBN has sold over $150 million to BDCs since the resumed forex sales on Monday, September 7, 2020. This was expected to inject more liquidity to the retail end of the foreign exchange market and discourage hoarding and speculation.
- However, the exchange rate against the dollar has failed to sustain the initial gains made after the CBN announced plans to provide liquidity.
- BDC operators have urged the apex bank to reconsider the margin allowed for the currency traders as it was inadequate to meet their expenses.
- We also noted that forex traders monitored during the previous week appear to hoard forex as they anticipated further depreciation in the market.
- There has been a sharp drop in speculative buying of foreign exchange, although demand backlog by manufacturers and foreign investors still puts pressure and creates a volatile situation in the foreign exchange market.
NAFEX: The Naira still remained stable against the dollar at the Investors and Exporters (I&E) window on Thursday, closing at N386/$1.
- This was exactly the same rate that it exchanged for on Wednesday, September 16.
- The opening indicative rate was N386.05 to a dollar on Thursday. This represents a 5 kobo drop when compared to the N386 to a dollar that was recorded on Wednesday.
- The N391.99 to a dollar is the highest rate during intraday trading before closing at the rate of N386/$1. It also sold for as low as N380/$1 during intraday trading.
Forex Turnover: Forex turnover at the Investor and Exporters (I&E) window declined by 68.9% on Thursday, September 17, 2020.
- According to the data tracked by Nairametrics from FMDQ, forex turnover dropped sharply from $282.23 million on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, to $87.78 million on Thursday, September 17, 2020.
- The unusual huge forex supplies at the NAFEX window CBN’s move to clear the huge backlog of foreign exchange demand, especially by foreign investors wishing to repatriate back their funds.
- The drop in forex supply reinforces the volatility of the foreign exchange market. The supply of dollars has been on a decline for months due to low oil prices and the absence of foreign capital inflow into the country.
- The average daily forex sale for last week was about $34.5 million which represents a drop from the $58.52 million that was recorded the previous week.
- Total forex trading at the NAFEX window in the month of August was about $857 million compared to $937 million in July.
- According to a monitored media report and as part of the move against forex abuse and follow up to its earlier order, the apex bank directed deposit money banks to provide details of domiciliary accounts of some 12 top Nigerian businessmen, foreigners, and others.
Ethereum Miners earn a staggering $1 million in 1 hour
ETH miners on the network earned a staggering $1 million in just one hour.
Ethereum miners seem to be smiling to the bank now. This feat is triggered by transaction costs on the Ethereum network recently reaching a new hourly record. Data retrieved from Glassnode, a crypto analytics firm, revealed that ETH miners on the network earned a staggering $1 million in just one hour.
Following UniswapProtocol’s announcement of the UNI token recently, Ethereum saw a massive surge in miner fees. Almost $1M USD in fees was spent in a single hour, thereby setting a new record high.
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This prevailing macro is positive for Ether miners whose turnovers have been increased by higher fees and more transactions. In fact, Ethereum’s network hash rate has been growing consistently, having reached a near two-year high.
Meanwhile, the median Ethereum gas price has massively spiked as well, reaching levels as high as 700 Gwei.
Meanwhile, the median #Ethereum gas price has massively spiked as well – reaching levels as high as 700 Gwei!
— glassnode (@glassnode) September 17, 2020
What is Gas? On Ethereum, all transactions and smart contract executions require a small fee to be paid, called Gas. In technical terms, Gas refers to the unit of measurement on the amount of computational effort required to execute an operation or a smart contract. The more complex the execution operation is, the more gas is required to fulfill that operation. Gas fees are paid entirely in ETH.
However, the Ethereum network has been having constant issues with high transaction fees and congestion since the rise of DeFi tokens. Recently, the network increased the limit of maximum gas per block from 10,000,000 gases to 12,500,000 gases. However, it is not the only network whose fees have been rising.
Is mining Ethereum mining worth it? When it comes to most crypto assets, mining difficulty and costs related to it are only going upwards.
However, as ETH mining becomes more difficult based on more miners joining the process, it is expected that cost will move upward, as more computing power, software, and electricity are needed.
Nairametrics, however, believes that ETH’s value in recent months has gained exponentially and will most likely continue to do so, thus making mining potentially profitable in the long term.