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World’s Biggest IPO suspended

Ant Group’s world record-setting IPO scheduled to hold in Hong Kong and Shanghai has been suspended.

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IPO, World's Biggest IPO suspended, Jack Ma's second edition of Africa Netpreneur Prize opens for applications

Ant Group’s world record-setting IPO, scheduled to hold in Hong Kong and Shanghai, has been suspended, according to a report credited to CNBC news.

What we know

Both exchanges, located in Hong Kong and Shanghai, issued statements to this effect. Alibaba, which has a majority stake of about 33% in Ant Group, saw its shares fall; it lost more than 5% in U.S. premarket trading.

READ: Afreximbank forced to postpone IPO plan in London; here’s why 

Ant Group’s controller, Jack Ma, Executive Chairman, Eric Jing, and CEO, Simon Hu, were scrutinized by regulators in China, according to a statement seen from the China Securities Regulatory Commission.

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On Tuesday, the Shanghai Stock Exchange referred to the investigation, while explaining why it suspended the IPO.

Ant stated, “significant issues such as the changes in financial technology regulatory environment,” according to a CNBC translation of the statement from Mandarin.

“These issues may result in your company not meeting the conditions for listing or meeting the information disclosure requirements.”

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What they are saying

A spokesperson for Ant Group apologised for the delay of its initial public offering and further disclosed that the Group was working through regulatory concerns with the Hong Kong and Shanghai stock exchanges.

“Ant Group sincerely apologizes to you for any inconvenience caused by this development,” the statement read. “We will properly handle the follow-up matters in accordance with applicable regulations of the two stock exchanges. We will overcome the challenges and live up to the trust in the principles of stable innovation; embrace of regulation; service to the real economy; and win-win cooperation.”

What you should know

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Recall that Nairametrics broke the news about a week ago on the world’s payment juggernaut, Ant Group, hoping to raise $34.5 billion in its dual initial public offering (IPO) after setting the price for its shares, making it the biggest listing of all in modern history.

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READ: Airtel Africa may consider dual listing on London and Nigerian Stock Exchanges

  • The Chinese financial powerhouse had earlier disclosed that it would divide its stock issuance equally across Chinese major stock exchanges, which include Shanghai and Hong Kong, issuing 1.67 billion new shares at each of those exchanges.
  • Ant Group’s Shanghai-listed shares were to be quoted at 68.8 yuan each. The issuing of 1.67 billion shares would raise 114.94 billion yuan or $17.23 billion.
  • The Hong Kong-listed shares were priced at 80 Hong Kong dollars each, raising 133.65 billion Hong Kong dollars or $17.24 billion.
  • The listing was to produce a return of at least $34.5 billion based on possible demand.

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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U.S biggest listed companies post best monthly gains since January 1987

The Dow jumped 11.8% in November, posting its best one-month gain since January 1987. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite surged by 10.8% and 11.8%, respectively

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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 biggest listed companies were all fired up in the month of November, as they posted incredible gains, amid three promising Covid-19 vaccines presently in play.

This triggered investors buying pressure in the world’s largest and most liquid equity market.

  • The Dow jumped 11.8% in November, posting its best one-month gain since January 1987.
  • The S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite surged by 10.8% and 11.8% respectively, for their strongest monthly advances since April.

What this means

November gains are coming amid a slew of positive COVID-19 vaccine news, which lifted the broader market sentiments up and sparked a surge of blue-chip brands that include Apple, Amazon, Coca-Cola, Salesforce, Intel, IBM, Google, Chevron, IBM, JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Amgen, Boeing, Visa, Walmart, and Walt Disney.

  • The iShares Russell 1000 Value ETF (IWD) rallied 13.4% for the month and outpaced its growth counterpart, the iShares Russell 1000 Growth ETF (IWF), by 3 more percentage points.

What they are saying

Stephen Innes, Chief Global Market Strategist at Axi, in a note to Nairametrics, advised stock traders to be wary of recent data showing a plunge seen in Dallas Fed November Manufacturing activity data, following the Chicago PMI miss earlier on Monday.

“The Dallas Fed miss was consistent through most of the sub-indices, with new orders falling to 7.2 from 19.9, though the number of employees increased to 11.7 from 8.7. Prices paid rose to 35.0 from 29.4, while prices received fell to 4.7 from 6.8, indicating potential margin pressure.

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“However, even worse for these firms are the year-on-year comparisons, it seems. It is usually in these last couple of months where many retailers make their annual profit.

“The weakness of data outside of Asia highlights lockdowns (forced or self-imposed) have begun to affect. Simultaneously, early reports suggest Black Friday may have been underwhelming — even taking into account online activity, one of the new ‘norms’ of 2020.”

What you should know

The Dow Jones or Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) is a popularly known stock market index that measures the stock performance of the 30 biggest companies listed on stock exchanges in the United States.

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What to expect

In the coming days, global investors are anticipating an even stronger 2021 profit outlook possibly coupled with a quick inoculation-driven economic recovery at least for the mid-term.

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Airtel, Mobil, FCMB lead Nigerian Stocks Up W/W, investors gain N390 billion

The All-Share Index and Market Capitalization appreciated by 2.19% to close the week at 34,885.51 and N18.228 trillion respectively.

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Nigerian Stocks ended the week bullish cumulatively. The All-Share Index and Market Capitalization appreciated by 2.19% to close the week at 34,885.51 and N18.228 trillion respectively.

Investors gained N390.26 billion. A total turnover of 1.816 billion shares worth N25.791 billion in 31,665 deals was traded this week by investors on the floor of the Exchange, in contrast to a total of 11.400 billion shares valued at N35.892 billion that exchanged hands last week in 39,265 deals.

READ: Nigerian Tier-2 banks fired up, investors profit up N1 trillion W/W

  • The Financial Services Industry (measured by volume) led the activity chart with 1.274 billion shares valued at N14.710 billion, traded in 18,392 deals; thus, contributing 70.15% and 57.04% to the total equity turnover volume and value respectively.
  • The Conglomerates Industry followed with 217.170 million shares worth N231.809 million in 1,226 deals. The third place was the Consumer Goods Industry, with a turnover of 113.760 million shares worth N2.598 billion in 4,568 deals.
  • Trading in the top three equities namely Zenith Bank Plc, Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc, and Access Bank Plc (measured by volume) accounted for 649.529 million shares worth N8.104 billion in 6,395 deals, contributing 35.76% and 31.42% to the total equity turnover volume and value respectively.
  • Twenty-seven (27) equities appreciated at price during the week, higher than twenty-one (21) equities in the previous week. Forty-three (43) equities depreciated in price, lower than fifty-five (55) equities in the previous week. Ninety-one (91) equities remained unchanged, higher than eighty-five (85) recorded in the previous week.

READ: GTBank obtains approval-in-principle from CBN to operate as financial holding company

Top 10 gainers W/W

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  1. UPDC REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TRUST up 32.53% to close at N5.50
  2. NEIMETH INTERNATIONAL PHARMACEUTICALS PLC up 12.03% to close at N2.70
  3. NCR (NIGERIA) PLC. up 10.00% to close at N1.98
  4. 11 PLC (MOBIL) up 9.89% to close at N208.80
  5. UNIVERSITY PRESS PLC. up 9.52% to close at N1.38
  6. UNITED CAPITAL PLC up 8.16% to close at N4.77
  7. CORONATION INSURANCE PLC up 7.32% to close at N0.44
  8. FCMB GROUP PLC. up 7.26% to close at N3.25
  9. AIRTEL AFRICA PLC up 7.00% to close at N535.00
  10. AXAMANSARD INSURANCE PLC up 6.36% to close at N2.34

Top 10 losers W/W

  1. JAPAUL OIL & MARITIME SERVICES PLC down 11.11% to close at N0.24
  2. HONEYWELL FLOUR MILL PLC down 10.83% to close at N1.07
  3. CUSTODIAN INVESTMENT PLC down 10.00% to close at N5.85
  4. CHAMPION BREW. PLC. down 9.43% to close at N0.96
  5. TRANS-NATIONWIDE EXPRESS PLC. down 9.38% to close at N0.87
  6. LINKAGE ASSURANCE PLC down 9.09% to close at N0.50
  7. WEMA BANK PLC. down 9.09% to close at N0.70
  8. PORTLAND PAINTS & PRODUCTS NIGERIA PLC down 8.42% to close at N2.61
  9. ARDOVA PLC down 8.33% to close at N13.75
  10. NASCON ALLIED INDUSTRIES PLC down 8.05% to close at N16.00

READ: MTN Nigeria, Dangote Cement stocks fired up, investors gain whopping N708 billion

Outlook

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Nigerian Stocks unsurprisingly recorded impressive gains W/W, as investors increased their buying pressure, especially buying from dips across the market spectrum.

Nigerian’s crude, selling at $48/barrel, boosted the Nigerian central bank dollar cash inflow. Also, the Apex Bank last concluded MPC meeting left all key indicators unchanged, kept Nigerian Bank stocks investors relieved, amid the bias that Nigerian banks would have enough headway in mitigating the prevailing economic uncertainties currently in play.

READ: Access Bank, First Bank up, investors gain N747 billion W/W

  • Stock experts anticipate the present bullish run currently playing at Africa’s best-performing equity market will remain in the coming week, albeit alongside profit-taking.
  • However, Nairametrics, envisage cautious buying, taking into consideration the low presence of the Foreign portfolio investors amid low investments seen lately in the Nigerian Stock Exchange amid stringent capital controls set in place by Nigeria’s Apex bank could limit the Stocks bull upside in the long term.

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Why Bitcoin still looks like a bargain

With prices exceeding $18,000 for the first time since 2017, BTC looks poised to break its previous all-time high.

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Bitcoin on high demand, hits 2-year high, trading $17,000

As stakeholders, players, and crypto wannabes ponder if increasing their stakes on Bitcoin, the world’s most popular crypto seems ideal now, despite the fact that it’s trading near a record high, Nairametrics decided to weigh in on some key fundamentals showing Bitcoin looks like a bargain.

With prices exceeding $18,000 for the first time since 2017, BTC looks poised to break its previous all-time high. More investors are holding bitcoin for wealth preservation.

READ: Bitcoin on high demand, hits 2-year high, trading $17,000

A recent report from Glassnode, revealed plummeting Bitcoin exchange balances support the narrative that investors intend to hold their flagship crypto more than ever before, taking into consideration that with the prevailing demand in play, and limited supply of Bitcoin, the price would most definitely go north.

READ: Nigerians pay heavy price as laptop scarcity bites harder

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Bitcoin liquidity continues its downward trajectory, buttressing that the macro bitcoin is becoming scarce for open sale.

It is also important to note that Bitcoin has a circulating supply of 19 million coins and a max supply of 21 million coins, meaning there are about 2million left to be mined.

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READ: How Crypto can curb Nigeria’s high unemployment rate

Taking into account that about 4 million Bitcoins have been lost forever as a result of BTCs owners dying, and their next of kin not having access to such cryptos, it is fair to say there are only about 15million BTC presently in circulation to cater for over 7 billion people fighting to have a stake in Bitcoins, meaning that as BTC becomes scarce and more popular, it becomes a matter of time that the crypto asset valuation will hit the roof.

READ: Ripple hits a big bang, gains 30%

Bottom line

It’s vital to consider the bias saying that as global financial regulators begin to implement their regulatory framework on cryptos, it could become a matter of months for global banks and multinationals to increase their buying pressures on BTC. Thereby, pushing the price beyond the reach of an average investor.

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