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U.S Stocks post gains, led by Apple, Oracle

The tech-heavy Nasdaq ended its two-day losing streak, as deal activity lifted sentiment on the sector.

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U.S Stocks set to surge higher, on hopes of a stimulus package deal, What Does The Circuit Breaker Tell Us

U.S Stocks rallied higher at the most recent trading session, led by big tech brands (Apple & Oracle), as positive macros on the COVID-19 vaccine prompted long bets on U.S stocks.

Oracle Corporation stock price gained 4.32%, as the tech firm appeared to be the chosen partner for TikTok business in the U.S. ByteDance. The owners of TikTok, had earlier disclosed that it preferred to partner, rather than sell, TikTok’s U.S. business, rejecting an offer for outright sale from Microsoft.

READ: Zoom reports a surge in profit of 3,300%

Microsoft’s stock price ended slightly higher at 0.68%. Apple Inc was up by more 3%, while the stock price of Facebook; Alphabet, owners of Google; and Amazon.com ended the trading session bearish.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.18%, and the S&P 500 was up by 1.27%, while the Nasdaq Composite (comprising of tech heavy-weights) gained 1.87%.

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READ: Nigerian billionaires lose billions amid COVID-19 pandemic

The tech-heavy Nasdaq ended its two-day losing streak, as deal activity lifted sentiment on the sector.

Stephen Innes, Chief Global Market Strategist at AxiCorp, in a note to Nairametrics, spoke on the fundamentals that keeps stock traders hopeful.

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“Even though the Feds are unlikely to go full tilt, there is sufficient policy juice in the tank, not to mention what’s in reserve to keep the market humming along quite well,”

READ: Apple becomes world’s largest public listed company, valued at $1.82 trillion

“Despite the sharp sell-off last week, investors remain optimistic about the US equity market’s path in the coming months,”

“Economic data points to a continued recovery, while further reopening and vaccine progress will likely set the wheels in motion for another move higher in stocks.”

Investors should expect markets to remain volatile in the short-term, but the recent setback is hardly a cause for panic, especially since some of the tech giants have recently reached dizzying heights.

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Olumide Adesina is a France-born Nigerian. He is a Certified Investment Trader, with more than 15 years of working expertise in Investment Trading. Featured Financial Market Analysis for a Fortune Global 500 Company. Member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Society. Follow Olumide on Twitter @tokunboadesina or email [email protected]

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Dangote cement post a 52-week high, investors gain N224 Billion

FLOUR MILL led 36 Gainers against 11 Losers topped by TRANSEXPR at the end of today’s session

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The Nigerian Stock market kept its bullish momentum on at mid week’s trading session. The All Share Index gained 1.25% to close at 34,769.00 points, as against +0.64% recorded yesterday. Investors daily gain stood at N223.8 Billion.

  • Nigerian Stock Exchange capitalization now stands at N18.176 Billion. Its Year-to-Date (YTD) returns currently stands at +29.53%.
  • Nigerian bourse trading turnover on Wednesday finished fairly impressive as volume ticked up by 19.02%, as against -35.67% downtick recorded on Tuesday. TRANSCORP, ZENITHBANK, and ACCESS were the most active to boost market turnover.
  • MANSARD leads the list of active stocks that recorded an impressive volume spike at the end of today’s session.
  • The Market breadth closed positive as FLOURMILL led 36 Gainers as against 11 Losers topped by TRANSEXPR at the end of today’s session – an improved performance when compared with the previous outlook.

READ: Nigerian stocks record gains, investors gain N132.8 billion

Top gainers

  1. FLOURMILL up 9.84% to close at N27.9
  2. JBERGER up 6.94% to close at N18.5
  3. DANGSUGAR up 5.90% to close at N20.65
  4. DANGCEM up 2.60% to close at N205
  5. AIRTELAFRI up 1.90% to close at N535

READ: MTN Nigeria, GTBank drop amid profit-taking

Top losers

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  1. TRANSEXPR down 9.38% to close at N0.87
  2. OANDO down 6.55% to close at N2.71
  3. INTBREW down 5.76% to close at N6.55
  4. CAP down 2.93% to close at N21.5
  5. UBN down 1.69% to close at N5.8

Outlook

Nigerian Stocks were fired up on all cylinders as the bulls increased their buying pressure across the market spectrum.

  • Stock bulls were not short of good macros, as crude oil prices touched $48/barrel for the first time since March, coupled with recent macros coming from COVID-19 vaccine makers revealed the worse will soon be over.
  • Dangote Cement’s share price reached its 52 week high, amid significant buying pressure seen lately from institutional funds. Also, other NSE30 stocks pulled off notable gains.
  • Nairametrics recommends you seek the advice of a registered stockbroker when choosing stocks to buy, as recent price patterns show cyclic returns often prevail.

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U.S stocks fired up on Joe Biden’s pick for US Treasury post

At the close of trading at the New York Stock Exchange, the Dow Jones Industrial Average surged by 1.55% to hit a new all-time high.

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U.S. stocks were all fired up at its most recent trading session, amid high hopes on U.S President-Elect, Joe Biden’s smooth transition to power and its top pick for the post of U.S treasury, Janet Yellen, saw investors buying at record levels, leading the Dow 30 to reach its all-time high.

  • A significant number of gains were seen in the Basic Materials, Oil & Gas, and Financial sectors.
  • At the close of trading at the New York Stock Exchange, the Dow Jones Industrial Average surged by 1.55% to hit a new all-time high, while the S&P 500 index gained 1.63%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 1.32%.
  • The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Chevron Corp, which rose 4.92% or 4.48 points to trade at 95.51 at the close.
  • Meanwhile, JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE: JPM) added 4.28% or 5.05 points to end at 122.92 and American Express Company was up 3.88% or 4.51 points to 120.60 in late trade.

What they are saying

Stephen Innes, Chief Global Market Strategist at Axi, in a note to Nairametrics, hinted at key fundamentals presently pushing U.S stocks to record high:

“The Dow Jones index hit a symbolic milestone overnight, breaking through the 30,000 level. Market sentiment remains underpinned by the trio of successful vaccine trials announced in recent weeks, as well as, by the U.S. President’s decision after the close on Tuesday to co-operate with a transition of power to President-elect Joe Biden.

“Thanks to the multiple vaccines in the pipeline. ‘Joy to the World’ is ringing in earlier than expected as global investors are elated by the vaccine news.”

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What this means

Janet L. Yellen, a highly respected Economist, has been tipped to become the first female Treasury Secretary. This has apparently excited investors based on her impeccable records leading the U.S Federal Reserve, some years ago.

Bottom line

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Stock traders are simultaneously reveling in the drop in political existential risk premium now knowing the finishing touches on the U.S. election process will not devolve in mobocracy, as the U.S. General Services Administration acknowledged that Joe Biden can start his formal transition to the White House.

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Flour Mills’ GMD acquires shares worth ₦54.6 million

Paul Miyonmide Gbedebo has acquired 1,949,839 additional units of Flour Mills Nigeria Plc, worth ₦54.6 million.

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Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc, 2018 FY: Flour Mills’ shareholders unanimously endorse N4.92 billion dividend , FMN redeems N1 billion pledge to CACOVID relief fund, donates $1.5 million worth of medical supplies

Flour Mills Nigeria Plc (FMN) has notified the Nigerian Stock Exchange that its Group Managing Director, Paul Miyonmide Gbedebo, has acquired 1,949,839 additional units of Flour Mills Nigeria Plc’s shares, worth ₦54.6 million.

In line with the Nigerian Stock Exchange policy on insider dealing, the formal disclosure was made by the Group’s Secretary, Mr. Joseph Umolu.

According to the disclosure, Mr. Gbedebo acquired the additional shares in a single transaction, at an average share price of ₦28.00 per share, on November 17th 2020.

This put the total consideration for the shares purchased by the Managing Director at ₦54,595,492.00

At the end of trading activities today, November 24 2020, shares of Flour Mills Nigeria Plc closed at ₦25.40. This price, however, is 49.41% higher than its 52-week low of ₦17.00.

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Why this matters

Dealings by insiders of listed companies are corporate actions to be disclosed, as required by the Nigerian Stock Exchange to aid transparency.

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