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Global stocks surge triggered by promising COVID-19 vaccine

The news that a potentially successful COVID-19 vaccine was underway raised global investors’ optimism.

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COVID-19 vaccine, Global stocks records astronomical gains in Q2 2020

Global markets received a major boost on Friday based on positive economic macros coming from the two largest economies, coupled with news of a potentially successful COVID-19 vaccine.

Asian shares surged to a four-month high on Friday morning, after an impressive U.S. payroll data and the Chinese service sector saw global stocks rallying, though a surge in COVID-19 caseloads in the United States limited the upsides.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.5%, reaching their highest level since late February, while Japanese Nikkei 225 gained 0.4%.

READ MORE: U.S. dollar share of global currency reserves rose to 61.9% in Q1 2020 – IMF

“Recovery in China’s domestic demand is accelerating, even though the external demand is still weak. Thus investors are shifting to domestic-demand oriented sectors,” Wang Shenshen, senior strategist at Mizuho Securities in Tokyo, said in a note to Reuters.

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In Europe, markets rallied impressively as the London FTSE is up 0.8%, Paris’s CAC-40 index is up 1.4%, and the DAX index in Frankfurt was 1.6% higher on Thursday.

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

The news that a potentially successful COVID-19 vaccine was already in its intermediary stage, raised global investors’ optimism.

Recall that Nairametrics broke the news yesterday of an experimental COVID-19 vaccine being created by America’s pharmaceutical giant, Pfizer, and the German firm, BioNTech, that helped in activating immune responses in receivers more than individuals naturally recovering from the infection.

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However, concerns ranging from the resurgence of COVID-19 infections around some global regions, and a relatively high unemployment record at the world’s largest economy, strengthened concerns among global stock traders.

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“Back to pre-pandemic (job levels), in my view, will be a matter of years,” Danielle DiMartino Booth, CEO and chief strategist of Quill Intelligence in Dallas, TX. “With luck, it will be two years but that is likely optimistic given the number of permanent closures we’ve learned of.”

Olumide Adesina is a French-born Nigerian. He is a Certified Investment Trader, with more than 15 years of working expertise in Investment Trading. A member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Society. Financial Market; Yale University, Behavioral Finance; Duke University. You can follow Olumide on twitter @tokunboadesina or email [email protected]

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STANBIC, NB, UNILEVER record gains, as investors gain N49.88 billion

The Nigerian Stock Exchange’s market capitalization presently stands at N13,165 trillion.

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Nigerian Stock Investors lose N55.17 billion, as Zenith, GTBank and MTN finish lower

The Nigerian Stock Market closed on a positive note today, as the All Share Index gained by +0.38% to close at 25,236.97 basis points as against +1.04% appreciation recorded yesterday.

Its Year-to-Date (YTD) returns currently stands at -5.98%. The Nigerian Stock Exchange’s market capitalization presently stands at N13,165 trillion. Investors gained N49.88 billion today.

Market turnover closed positive as volume moved up by +25.97% as against -0.84% downtick recorded in the previous session. GUARANTY, ACCESS and ZENITHBANK were the most active to boost market turnover. ZENITHBANK and GUARANTY topped market value list

Market breadth closed negative as MANSARD led 15 Gainers, as against 18 Losers topped by IKEJAHOTEL.

Top gainers

  • UNILEVER up 8.33% to close at N13
  • NB up 5.88% to close at N36
  • STANBIC up 2.42% to close at N33.8
  • FLOURMILL up 2.32% to close at N19.85
  • MTNN up 0.84% to close at N119.5

Top losers

  • IKEJAHOTEL down 9.90% to close at N0.91
  • CHAMPION down 8.97% to close at N0.71
  • UNITYBNK down 8.47% to close at N0.54
  • NEIMETH down 5.00% to close at N1.9
  • BUACEMENT down 0.26% to close at N38.6

Outlook

The Nigerian bourse ended on a positive note on Thursday, in spite of relatively thin market liquidity. Nairametrics envisages cautious buying due to security challenges in major economic hubs around the northern part of Nigeria.

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AIRTEL, SEPLAT, GUINNESS record impressive gains, investors gain N134.5 billion

Market breadth closed positive as SEPLAT led 18 Gainers as against 10 Losers topped by CHAMPION

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Nigerian Stock market ended Wednesday’s trading session on an impressive note.

The All Share Index gained 1.04% to close at 25,141.48 basis points as against -0.58% depreciation recorded previously. Its Year-to-Date (YTD) returns currently stands at -6.34%. Investors gained N134.5 billion.

Trading turnover, however, closed negative as volume moved plunged by -0.84% as against +17.84% gain recorded on Tuesday. GUARANTY, ACCESS, and ZENITHBANK were the most active to boost market turnover.

Market breadth closed positive as SEPLAT led 18 Gainers as against 10 Losers topped by CHAMPION at the end of today’s session – an improved performance when compared with the previous outlook.

AIRTELAFRI leads the list of active stocks that recorded an impressive volume spike at the end of today’s session.

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Top gainers

  • SEPLAT up 10.00% to close at N385
  • AIRTELAFRI up 9.20% to close at N380
  • PRESCO up 7.29% to close at N51.5
  • GUINNESS up 6.21% to close at N15.4
  • OKOMUOIL up 3.90% to close at N80

Top losers

  • CHAMPION down 9.30% to close at N0.78
  • ACCESS down 2.29% to close at N6.4
  • BUACEMENT down 0.64% to close at N38.7
  • ETI down 1.20%to close at N4.1
  • ZENITHBANK down 0.59% to close at N16.75

 

Outlook

Nigerian bourse rallied up on Wednesday as blue-chip stocks that include GUINNESS, AIRTELAFRI, turned the All-Share index green, coupled with soaring crude oil prices triggered oil stocks like SEPLAT to appreciate in value. Nairametrics envisages you seek the advise of a certified financial advisor on buying stocks.

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U.S Stocks set to surge higher, on hopes of a stimulus package deal

The massive price increase in recent weeks has lured many speculators into profit-taking.

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U.S Stocks set to surge higher, on hopes of a stimulus package deal

U.S stocks seem set to surge higher, rebounding after Tuesday’s trading losses as stock traders still remain optimistic about a stimulus package from U.S Congress.

Checks by Nairametrics revealed that the US 500 Stock Futures was up 0.7%. Also, the Dow Jones Index Futures contract gained by 0.9%, just as the Nasdaq 100 Futures rose by 0.9% as at the time this report was drafted.

At the close of Tuesday’s trading session, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.4%. Also, the S&P 500 index lost 0.8%, registering its first decline in eight sessions, even as the NASDAQ Composite index lost 1.7%.

Although negotiations between the Democrats and Republicans in Washington DC are currently on hold, most stock traders remain hopeful and expect Congress to find a compromise.

READ ALSO: XRP plunges more than 10%, biggest daily percentage drop since March 12

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In the meantime, investors have been mindful of the increasing tensions between the US and China. So far, Beijing has refrained from tough countermeasures and struck a more conciliatory note.

As investors increase their bets in risker assets like equities Milan Cutkovic, Market Analyst at AxiCorp in a note told Nairametrics, why stock traders seems to be bullish. He said;

While equity markets have remained relatively stable, volatility in precious metals has increased sharply. Gold has lost more than $200 in value since Friday and remains under pressure.

READ ALSO: NLC hastens House of Reps to criminalise casualization of workers

The massive price increase in recent weeks has lured many speculators into profit-taking.

Furthermore, stock markets are rising again, decreasing the demand for safe havens, while the US Dollar is recovering from its recent sell-off.

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Quick fact: The NYSE, commonly referred to as the New York Stock Exchange, is the biggest stock exchange in the world, with a market capitalization of over $25 trillion as of April 2020. It is followed by the following top three exchanges – the NASDAQ, London Stock Exchange, and the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Interestingly, their combined market capitalization size is still lower than that of the NYSE.

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