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Dangote, GTBank, Unilever, Okomu Oil drive the bullish train with N136 billion

Transactions on the equities side continued the upbeat trend today, causing the All-Share Index (ASI) to rise further by 1.09 per cent to close at 24,202.87 index points.



Value of shares traded by top 10 stockbrokers up 133% despite COVID-19, investors, Raging Bulls lift Brent Crude price by 10%

Nigeria’s stock market on Tuesday sustained interest in most high cap stocks. Transactions on the equities side continued the upbeat trend today, causing the All-Share Index (ASI) to rise further by 1.09 per cent to close at 24,202.87 index points. Also, overall market capitalization gained N136 billion to close at N12.441trillion.

  • The upward trend was impacted by gains recorded in large and medium capitalised stocks, amongst which were: Dangote Cement, Guaranty Trust Bank, Okomu Oil and Unilever.
  • Consequently, market breadth closed positive, recording 29 gainers against 8 losers. Okomu Oil recorded the highest price gain of 9.99 per cent to close at N64.40 per share.
  • The total volume of trades increased by 2.65 per cent to 339.75 million units, valued at N3.92 billion and exchanged in 3,573 deals.
  • The most active stock by volume was Access Bank (80.6m units), while Guaranty Trust Bank (N971.9bn) led the value chart.
  • All the sectors under our coverage recorded gains. Notably, the Banking sector (+2.08%) topped the list, with FIDELITYBK (+5.2%) and GUARANTY (+2.42%) gaining. The Industrial (+0.78%) and Insurance sectors (+0.41%) followed suit, on the back of gains recorded in DANGCEM (+2.79%) and AIICO (+5.6%).
  • In the Consumer goods (+0.33%) and Energy sectors (+0.24%), UNILEVER (+9.85%) and OANDO (+1.89%) drove the gains, respectively.

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Top gainers

OKOMUOIL up 9.99% to close at N64.4; UNILEVER up 9.85% to close at N15.05; PRESCO up 3.62% to close at N41.5; DANGCEM up 2.79% to close at N147.5; GUARANTY up 2.42% to close at N23.3.


Top Losers

LASACO down 8.00% to close at N0.23; NAHCO down 4.51% to close at N2.33; INTBREW down 3.00% to close at N4.85; WAPCO down 0.44% to close at N11.3, and FIDSON down 0.32% to close at N3.1.

READ MORE: Why Forex trading is becoming popular in Nigeria 

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The positive sentiment in Nigeria’s stock market came as crude oil prices sustained recovery, with the gradual return of normal life after months of lockdowns, which initially changed the demand pattern for crude oil.

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Nairametics expects this bullish trend to continue short term in the face of profit-taking, price adjustment, qualification dates and positioning as players react to impressive corporate earnings and dividend payouts.

Olumide Adesina is a France-born Nigerian. He is a Certified Investment Trader, with more than 15 years of working expertise in Investment trading. Message Olumide on Twitter @tokunboadesina. He is a Member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Society.

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Naira appreciates at NAFEX as CBN sells forex to foreign investors, first in 2021

Naira appreciated against the US Dollar at the NAFEX window on Wednesday to close at N410.50/$1.



Wednesday,14th April 2021: The exchange rate between Naira and the US Dollar closed at N410.50/1$ in the Importers and Exporters window, where forex is traded officially.

Naira appreciated against the US Dollar at the NAFEX window on Wednesday to close at N410.50/$1. This represents a 0.12% gain when compared to N411/$1 recorded on Tuesday, as the Central Bank of Nigeria in its first sale, in 2021, to foreign investors seeking to repatriate their funds abroad, sold $20 million to them according to Reuters.

Meanwhile, the naira remained stable against the dollar for the second day at the parallel market on Wednesday, 14th April 2021 to close at N482 to a dollar, the same rate that was recorded on Tuesday, April 13, 2021.

Trading at the official NAFEX window

Naira appreciated against the US Dollar at the Investors and Exporters window on Wednesday to close at N410.50 to a dollar. This represents a 50 kobo gain when compared to N411/$1 recorded on Tuesday, 13th April 2021.

  • The opening indicative rate closed at N409.64 to a dollar on Wednesday. This represents a 6 kobo drop when compared to N409.58/$1 recorded on Tuesday.
  • Also, an exchange rate of N422 to a dollar was the highest rate recorded during intra-day trading before it closed at N409.64/$1. It also sold for as low as N392/$1 during intra-day trading.
  • Forex turnover at the Investor and Exporters (I&E) window dropped significantly by 59.05% on Wednesday, 14th April 2021.
  • A cursory look at the data tracked by Nairametrics from FMDQ showed that forex turnover declined from $53.53 million recorded on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, to $21.92 million on Wednesday, April 14, 2021.

Cryptocurrency watch

The world’s most popular digital currency, bitcoin, reached another all-time high on Wednesday, touching $64,717.01 before coming down to $62,298.51 as of Wednesday evening ahead of Coinbase’s historic stock market listing in New York.

  • Bitcoin, which has been up and down over the last few weeks, crossed $64,000 on Wednesday after it had just yesterday, crossed the $63,000 mark for the first time.
  • The rally has come in anticipation of cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase’s hotly tipped US stock market listing.
  • Earlier on Wednesday, the price of Dogecoin, recorded a new milestone as it went up by 54%, establishing a new all-time high of $0.1161.
  • Meanwhile, Coinbase, a Cryptocurrency exchange, finally made its highly anticipated debut on Nasdaq on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, becoming the first company devoted entirely to cryptocurrency to enter the US stock exchange with a $100 billion valuation.

Oil price gain

Brent crude oil price jumped on Wednesday to close at $66.63 per barrel, indicating a 3.98% increase compared to $64.08 recorded at the close of trade on Tuesday as the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports crude draw.

  • The EIA in its report said that crude oil inventories had shed 5.9 million barrels in the week to April 9, compared with an inventory draw of 3.5 million barrels reported for the previous week.
  • The EIA’s inventory estimate comes a day after the American Petroleum Institute reported a 3.6-million-barrel inventory draw in crude oil for the same period but a 5.565-million-barrel build in gasoline stocks, which prevented oil prices from swinging significantly up or down.
  • The oil rally can also be attributable to the picking up of US oil demand as economic expansion quickens. The West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures surged more than 5% on Wednesday and broke out the narrow trading range they had been stuck in since mid-March.
  • Morgan Stanley, meanwhile, said in a new note that it expected prices to remain range-bound through the end of the summer, at between $65 and $70 per barrel for Brent.
  • Brent Crude closed at $66.63 (+4.65%), WTI Crude closed at $63.18 indicating 4.99% gain, Bonny Light, $62.56 (+0.58%), OPEC Basket (+0.67%) to close at $61.87 while Natural gas declined by 0.08% to close at $2,617

External reserve

Nigeria’s external reserve gained about $34 million on Tuesday, 13th April 2021 to close at $35.172 billion, being the highest external reserve position recorded in over a month.

  • This indicates a 0.1% increase when compared to $35.138 billion recorded on Monday, 12th April 2021.
  • It also represents an increase in the country’s external reserve position for the 16th consecutive day, having endured a significant downturn earlier in the year. Nigeria’s reserve has added a total of about $756 million in 16 days.
  • This recent increase in Nigeria’s external reserve could however be attributed to the increase in crude oil prices recorded earlier in March before the recent bearish trade in the crude market.
  • It could be attributed to the possible increase in diaspora remittance as the CBN offers incentives for every unit of a dollar received in Nigeria from diaspora remittance.
  • The external reserve is likely to get a further boost, as the Federal Government recently announced plans to issue $500 million Eurobonds for 2021.

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Coinbase debuts on Nasdaq at around $100 billion valuation

Coinbase resumed trading on the Nasdaq Composite Index today under the ticker “COIN”.



Coinbase, a Cryptocurrency exchange made its highly anticipated debut on Nasdaq on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, becoming the first company devoted entirely to cryptocurrency to enter the US stock exchange.

The IPO of Coinbase Global today was a big turning point for the cryptocurrency business. It had a rousing debut on Wall Street with the digital currency exchange’s stock growing as high as $429, giving it a market cap of $100 billion for a brief period of time.

According to analysts, retail trading accounts for 90% of Coinbase’s income, with the majority of trading taking place in the United States and focusing mainly on the two main cryptos: Bitcoin and ETHUSD. Dubbed the most talked-about IPO on Wall Street, Coinbase resumed trading on the Nasdaq Composite Index today under the ticker “COIN.”

What this means

Given Coinbase’s reception, Crypto optimists insist Bitcoin will not go anywhere in the near future, but will instead become more mainstream. They see the Bitcoin craze as the “start of a new era” in the digital currency world, rather than a passing phase.

Due to Bitcoin’s young and unpredictable existence, investors and public corporations are also wary of investing in it. However, as long as the currency’s popularity is sustained, the bubble hypothesis can be debunked as control and acceptance of the currency spreads further down the line, according to analysts.

It is important to note that Coinbase has a strong correlation with Bitcoin and as it benefits from its bullish run, it can also be hit by a downturn in the market.

What you should know

  • Coinbase has become popular amongst cryptocurrency optimists since being founded in 2012, for providing an easier way to exchange shares of digital currencies.
  • Coinbase announced last week that its first-quarter sales jumped 847% to $1.8 billion and that it currently has 56 million confirmed customers.
  • Coinbase is now one of the largest publicly traded firms in the United States, with a market cap of more than $100 billion.
  • Only 83 companies in the S&P 500 index have a market value greater than $100 billion.
  • The combined market value of Nasdaq Inc., which operates the Nasdaq Stock Market, and Intercontinental Exchange, which owns the New York Stock Exchange, is greater than Coinbase’s.

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