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Bears return to global equity markets, Trump’s help boost Crude oil

In Nigeria, the week ended amid rising cases of COVID-19 pandemic, in lieu of the country’s equity market recording another bearish result. 

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How your stocks performed last week, Bears rule at the stock market, lose N174.37 billion on Wednesday , Nigerian bourse up 0.54% as Investors gain N63 billionBears dominate Nigerian bourse Index down 0.94%, trading volume remains low,Bears dominate Nigeria bourse trading session, ASI down 2.02%, Bulls lift Nigerian bourse, Index up 1.24%, Investors gain N133 billion, Banking Stocks stop the raging bulls at the Nigerian Stock Market index down 0.01%

In Nigeria, the week ended amid rising cases of COVID-19 pandemic, in lieu of the country’s equity market recording another bearish result, as the ASI index fell by 3.5% w/w to 21,094.62.

In addition, the year to date return of the Nigerian bourse finished down at -21.4%. Looking down at each sector, great losses were recorded in the Banking sector (down-5.3%) and Consumer Goods sector (down -3.9%) which was the primary cause for the weak market performance. Consequently, losses were recorded in the Industrial Goods sector (down-1.7%), and the Insurance sector (-0.3%) indices.

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On the other hand, the Oil and Gas sector gained +2.3% boosted by massive gains in crude oil prices, though given the massive losses recorded in other sectors, the Nigerian bourse ended negatively.

The European equity markets also finished on a bearish note, bringing an end to another rough week of trading amid the deepening COVID-19 pandemic.

(READ MORE: Bears return ASI down 0.13% as trading volumes plunge)

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The pan-European Stoxx 600 plunged down by almost 1%, with oil and gas stocks falling by 4.6% to lead losses, while healthcare stocks soared by 0.8%.

In America, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, -1.68% was 360.91 points, 1.7% lower to end at 21,052.53, while the S&P 500 SPX, -1.51% lost 38.25 points, or 1.5%, to close at 2,488.65.  Nasdaq Composite Index, -1.52% lost 114.23 points, or 1.5%, to end at 7,373.08.

For the week, the Dow 30 lost about 2.7%, the S&P 500 plunged at about 2.1% and the Nasdaq 100 had a weekly drop of 1.7%.

In commodities, oil soared on Friday as oil traders hoped for massive production cuts after President Trump said he was optimistic about  a deal of at least a 10 million barrel production cut to soon be announced, as Saudi Arabia called for an emergency meeting with other OPEC members

Brent crude oil rose up by 9%, or $2.75, at $32.69 per barrel. Brent crude oil gained as much as 47% during Thursday’s session, its highest intraday % gain ever in history, before closing 21% higher, but still at lower than half the $66 it was trading at the end of last year.

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Spot gold prices finished higher on Friday after a poor U.S. nonfarm payroll data result mirrored the economic toll from COVID-19 pandemic; however, stronger dollar limited gold’s upside. Spot gold finished up 0.4% to $1,619.40 while U.S. gold futures closed at 0.5% higher at $1,645.70 per ounce.

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Olumide Adesina a French-born Nigerian, is an Investment Professional at Nairametrics Financial Advocates, owners of Nairametrics.com. Olumide Adesina is a certified Investment trader, with more than 14 years of working experience. His work experience covers trading commodity derivatives and analysis of global equities, currencies, commodities, cryptocurrencies, and Fixed Income instruments. A member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Society. You can follow Olumide on twitter @tokunboadesina and email via olumide.adesina@nairametrics.com.

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Output cut: Nigeria leads in OPEC non-compliance with 50 unsold cargoes of crude

Nigeria and Iraq were reported not to have kept to their commitment to the huge production cut deal that had promised to reduce output by 9.7 million barrels of crude oil per day.

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As opinions continue to differ on whether OPEC will extend its current oil output cut beyond June, available information has shown that not all members of the oil cartel complied fully with their agreed quotas for the month of May. This is despite the fact that the oil output by OPEC member countries reached its lowest in almost 20 years.

Available data from oilprice.com showed that OPEC members cut their output by 5.91 million barrels per day from the April level, producing 24.77 million barrels per day. This figure also showed a 4.48 million barrel per day of the agreed output cut, thereby representing a 74% compliance level.

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Nigeria and Iraq were reported not to have kept to their commitment to the huge production cut deal that had promised to reduce output by 9.7 million barrels of crude oil per day.

Iraq was able to achieve just 38% compliance of its agreed output cut for the month of May, while Nigeria, which achieved a much lower compliance of the agreed output cut, recorded 19% compliance of what was agreed. Saudi Arabia showed the highest compliance, recording 96% of the agreed output cut.

Some have attributed the noncompliance of some members of OPEC to the agreed output cut, to the contractual obligations and commitment to buyers, given the short timeframe between when the agreement for the output cut was made and its implementation.

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Meanwhile oil exports from Angola and Congo remained steady at high prices on Friday, while Nigerian oil fared lower amid huge inventory of unsold cargoes.

Nigeria continues to face some difficulty in the oil market, primarily due to sluggish demand from Europe; it has around 50 unsold cargoes of crude oil yet to be sold for the months of June and July.

Meanwhile, India has become one of the few buyers for the Nigerian oil. Indian oil firms bought about 5-6 million barrels of Nigerian crude oil last week and has bought about 2 million barrels as at Thursday this week.

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President Muhammadu Buhari reshuffles NNPC’s board of directors

Note that the former board included the late Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari as a member. Stakeholders have since expected the President to reconstitute a new board to take over.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reconstitution of the board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) after the expiration of the tenure of the current board.

The newly constituted board members are expected to serve for a tenure of three years, effective immediately. They will take over from the last board, whose 3-year tenure officially ended in 2019. Information about this development is contained in a State House press release that was published on the official twitter handle of the Nigerian Presidency on Saturday morning.

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The newly constituted NNPC board is made up of six members from each of the geo-political zones in the country. The members include the following individuals:

  • Mallam Mohammed Lawal, representing the North West
  • Dr Tajudeen Umar from North East
  • Adamu Mahmood  Attah from North Central
  • Senator Magnus Abe from the South-South
  • Dr Stephen Dike from the South East, and
  • Chief Pius Akinyelure from the South West geo-political

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Of the six members, three are returning members on the board – Chief Pius Akinyelure, Mallam Mohammed Lawal, and Dr Tajudeen Umar from North East.

Note that the constitution of the new board is considered a welcome development, as it balances the representation of the six geo-political zones on the board. The previous constitution of the board was faulted for not being “balanced”.

READ ALSO: Full text of President Muhammadu Buhari’s 58th Independence day broadcast

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Note that the former board included the late Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari as a member. Stakeholders have since expected the President to reconstitute a new board to take over.

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Zoom’s market valuation hits $50 billion mark, thanks to COVID-19

Zoom’s share price now trades at an eye-watering 55 times estimated revenue compared with an average of 7 times for information technology stocks in the S&P 500, according to information obtained from Bloomberg.

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Zoom Video Communications’ shares surged to record highs on Friday, as bullish runs in the last hours of trading helped the company to close with a market capitalization of more than $50 billion. The stock gained about 9.7% to jump to $179.48, thereby giving it a market value of $50.6 billion. 

Note that this is the first time Zoom’s valuation is reaching this high level since it became a quoted company. The tech giant, which owns popular video conferencing software “Zoom”,  has gained more than 160% this year. This is because investors are betting that the surge in Zoom users amid the COVID-19 pandemic, would eventually translate to long-lasting revenue growth.

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Zoom’s share price now trades at an eye-watering 55 times estimated revenue compared with an average of 7 times for information technology stocks in the S&P 500, according to information obtained from Bloomberg.

Following the significant jump in the company’s valuation, the net worth of its founder and Chief Executive Officer, Eric Yuan, also rose significantly by more than $800 million on Friday. He now has a net worth of $9.3 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. 

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Meanwhile, in reaction to Zoom’s overnight success, Gennie Gebhart, a researcher with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said she hoped Zoom would change course and offer protected video more widely. It should be recalled that some users of the app had raised security concerns back in April, as Nairametrics reported

READ ALSO: Did Satoshi Nakamoto cause the panic sell-off in Bitcoin market

Meanwhile, Zoom has recruited Alex Stamos, a former chief security officer at Facebook, and other top security experts to help deal with the security issues which led to some top companies banning its use. While discussing efforts being made to deal with the security challenges, Stamos told Reuters:

 “At the same time that Zoom is trying to improve security, they are also significantly upgrading their trust and safety. The CEO is looking at different arguments. The current plan is paid customers plus enterprise accounts where the company knows who they are.” 

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