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Capital market operators call for the suspension of recapitalisation plans 

Amolegbe called for regulators to suspend recapitalisation because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Capital Market Operators (CMOs) have noted their desire for the suspension of plans regarding the recapitalisation of the stockbroking community, calling on regulators to consider the current economic realities posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

President, Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (CIS), Mr Tunde Amolegbe, made this known at a webinar organized by the Capital Market Academics of Nigeria themed: “Mitigating the Impact of COVID -19 on the Capital Market.” 

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in February had made mention its plans for the recapitalisation of stockbroking firms ahead of the ownership change of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE). At the webinar, Amolegbe called for regulators to suspend such plans for now as a result of the constraints of the coronavirus pandemic. 

READ ALSO: Recapitalisation: Six insurance companies set to merge

Ms Mary Udukthen SEC acting Director-General, in explaining the overall sentiments, consequently, had noted that only 10 per cent of the 255 stockbroking firms controlling 80 per cent of the market activities, believed that there was a need for recapitalisation. 

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Amolegbe explained further stating that the pandemic had slowed down NSE demutualisation programme. The implication of this will thus be a possible aggravation of the funding challenge of the CIS. Given its level of importance, he believed that the Federal Government should treat the capital market as a priority sector in terms of pandemic alleviation strategies. 

 “In view of the existing major constraints with regard to trading liquidity, the Central Bank of Nigeria should formulate policies that will drive more liquidity into the hands of CMOs, especially equity traders,” he said. He added that the stability and growth of the equity market would eventually lead to an overall market rebound as well as growth in the economy. 

 The CIS president also emphasized the need for the launch of a derivatives market as it is required to hedge investments at a period of heightened risks such as this. He observed that the Nigerian capital market had been hamstringed even before the pandemic challenge. 

 “The equity market, which drives performance of the other market segments had been characterised by low investor patronage and low liquidity ever since the global financial crisis which hit Nigeria in 2008,” he said. 

 

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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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DANGOTE CEMENT, GUINNESS drops lower, as investors lose N75.07 billion

Nigerian bourse recorded its second trading loss for the week.

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The Nigerian Stock Exchange on Tuesday closed bearish. The All Share Index dropped by 0.58% to close at 24,883.70 basis points as against -0.06% drop recorded on Monday.

Its Year-to-Date (YTD) returns currently stands at -7.30%. Nigerian bourse’s market capitalization presently stands at N12,981 trillion. Investors’ losses recorded today stood at N75.07 billion.

Trading volume turnover closed positive as volume moved up by +17.84% as against +4.90% uptick recorded in the previous session. ACCESS, FIDELITYBK, and GUARANTY were the most active to boost market turnover.

Market breadth closed negative as CADBURY led 16 Gainers as against 17 Losers topped by PRESTIGE.

READ: How Nike rejection birthed sportswear industry in Nigeria

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Top gainers

  • CADBURY up 6.82% to close at N7.05
  • NB up 6.25% to close at N34
  • ARDOVA up 4.94% to close at N12.75
  • VALUEFUND up 1.37% to close at N115.05
  • GUARANTY up 1.02% to close at N24.8

Top losers

  • IKEJAHOTEL down 9.82% to close at N1.01
  • MANSARD down 8.23% to close at N1.45
  • DANGCEM down 4.09% to close at N136
  • GUINNESS down 3.33% to close at N14.5
  • UCAP down 3.09% to close at N3.14

Outlook

Nigerian bourse recorded its second trading loss for the week, triggered by high selling pressures notable in DANGCEM and GUINNESS.

Nairametrics, however, recommend you seek the counsel of a certified financial advisor when buying stocks.

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