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Zenith Bank, Flourmill, Access Bank neutralize gains from Ecobank, Dangote Sugar

The Market breadth closed negative as FTNCOCOA led 14 Gainers as against 17 Losers topped by FLOURMILL at the end of today’s session.

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Global stocks sell-off persists as resurgence of COVID-19 frighten investors 

Nigerian bourse closed today on a negative note. The All Share index dropped by 0.09% to close at 35,033.74 points as against 0.21% depreciation recorded on Monday. Its Year-to-Date (YTD) returns currently stands at +30.52%. Nigerian Stock exchange capitalization now stands at N18.31 trillion.

  • Nigerian Stock market trading turnover closed bearish as volume moved dipped by -5.36% as against +10.74% gain recorded on Monday trading session. UBA, ZENITHBANK, and FBNH were the most active to boost market turnover.
  • The Market breadth closed negative as FTNCOCOA led 14 Gainers as against 17 Losers topped by FLOURMILL at the end of today’s session – an unimproved performance when compared with the previous outlook.
  • BETAGLAS leads the list of active stocks that recorded an impressive volume spike at the end of today’s session.

Top gainers

  1. FTNCOCOA up 9.68% to close at N0.34
  2. ETI up 8.33% to close at N5.85
  3. OANDO up 2.81% to close at N2.93
  4. DANGSUGAR up 1.61% to close at N18.9
  5. UACN up 1.39% to close at N7.3

Top losers

  • FLOURMILL down 4.53% to close at N25.3
  • NAHCO down 4.17% to close at N2.3
  • ACCESS down 2.35% to close at N8.3
  • WAPCO down 1.32% to close at N22.5
  • ZENITHBANK down 1.27% to close at N23.4

Outlook

Nigerian stock market closed slightly bearish at the second trading session of the week.

  • Significant sell-offs have seen in Zenith Bank, Flourmill, and Access bank neutralized gains from Ecobank and Dangote Sugar.
  • Nairametrics envisages cautious buying amid profit-taking expected to remain at least in the near term, taking into consideration rising COVID-19 caseloads seen prevailing across key international markets.

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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    Troubling signs on crypto market, SEC tags many crypto assets as Securities

    These further suggest the head of the financial watchdog could tighten its grip on the crypto market.

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    Dark clouds hover above the cryptoverse as the leader of the world’s most powerful investments regulatory agency affirmed most crypto assets as securities.

    Gary Gensler, the chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in his most recent appearance on CNBC’s Squawk Box, opined that “many” crypto-assets were securities, meaning many of these assets required regulatory oversights and exchanges trading such crypto assets require at least a form of SEC regulation.

    In his words:

    “The extent that something is a security, the SEC has a lot of authority. And a lot of crypto tokens—I won’t call them cryptocurrencies for this moment—are indeed securities.”

    What you must know

    An asset is considered a financial security asset if it is a tradable financial asset and thus has monetary value.

    What Gensler said suggests that the financial assets watchdog could tighten its grip on the crypto market. Recall that SEC is already battling with Ripple and calling XRP a security asset.

    However, Gary Gensler described the flagship crypto asset as a store of value but with a very volatile characteristic and not a security.

    It’s important to understand why the regulator doesn’t classify Bitcoin as a security. It is based on the fact that its existence began through mining as an incentive in validating a distributed platform. There are no pre-mined coins, no initial token offering, and no kind of business entity governing it.

    A few months ago, Nigeria’s Securities and Exchange Commission released guidelines referring to cryptoassets as securities, except proven otherwise.

    • The position of the Commission is that virtual crypto assets are securities, unless proven otherwise.
    • Thus, the burden of proving that the crypto assets proposed to be offered are not securities and therefore not under the jurisdiction of the SEC, is placed on the issuer or sponsor of the said assets.
    • Issuers or sponsors are expected to satisfy the burden of proving that the virtual assets do not constitute securities by making an initial assessment filing.
    • However, where the finding of the Commission is that the virtual assets are indeed securities (not structured to be exclusively offered through crowdfunding portals or other exempt methods), then the issuer or sponsor must register the digital assets.

    That being said, recent price actions reveal the bullish trend in the crypto market is still very much in play despite regulatory fears surrounding the crypto market as its market value now stands at $2.42 trillion, posting a 2.47% increase over the last day.

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    Coin of the week: Ever heard of EOS?

    EOS is currently trading $11.33 with 936 million coins in circulation and a total supply of 1.02 billion.

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    EOS was created and designed to allow developers to build decentralized apps (DApps). DApps are any computer applications whose operation is maintained by a distributed network of computer nodes, as opposed to a single server.

    The EOS platform was developed by the company Block.one, to make it as straightforward as possible for programmers to embrace blockchain technology and ensure that the network is easier to use than rivals. It also aims to deliver greater levels of scalability than other blockchains which can only do a dozen transactions per second.

    EOS was created by Daniel Larimer and Brendan Blumer. Brenden Blumer is an entrepreneur, who was one of the co-founders of Okay.com, a digitally focused real estate agency in Hong Kong while Daniel Larimer is a software programmer who has also started a series of crypto ventures such as the crypto trading platform BitShares and the Steem blockchain. They are both members of Block.one’s executive team, with Brendan Blumer as CEO and Daniel Larimer as CTO.

    Why Invest in EOS?

    Block.one stated that EOS can accommodate the demands of thousands of DApps, even if they were being used by a high number of people. Parallel execution, as well as a modular approach, are said to drive this efficiency.

    EOS represents a truly democratic system that takes into account the will of the people, in this case, its token holders, as they can vote for block producers as well as other matters such as protocol upgrades.

    Network Security

    EOS, like many other coins, uses a delegated proof-of-stake consensus mechanism. This concept was conceived by Daniel Larimer and aims to solve some of the flaws that are seen in conventional PoW (Proof-of-Work) and PoS (Proof-of-Stake) systems.

    As stated earlier, those who own EOS tokens can vote for representatives who will be responsible for validating its transactions. One of the advantages is that it helps eliminate consolidation, where smaller miners are pushed out by those who have greater levels of computing power and resources.

    Price Analysis

    EOS is currently trading $11.33 with 936 million coins in circulation and a total supply of 1.02 billion. EOS has gained approximately 466% return comparing its 52 weeks low to its current price today. It is currently down 49.71% from its all-time high of $22.89 that was last traded on the 29th of April, 2018.

    Recently, after the Biden administration’s proposed tax hike, the coin dropped from its previous 2021 peek of $8.80 to a 0.236 Fibonacci retracement zone of $4.74, creating a new higher-low that indicates a bull market. No surprise that the market broke its previous 2021 high to create a new high of $13.18 on the 6th of May, 2021, following news of the coin proposing to increase its staking rewards. It is believed that this running will lead the coin to break its previous all-time high of 2018.

    Although it is not advisable to buy coins at peak prices, recent news as earlier mentioned, suggests that an increase in demand for the coin is imminent. Block.one mentioned that the protocol needs to increase the rate of inflation from its current pace of 1% to a rate between 1.2% and 3.8% intended to increase financial incentives for voters and block producers. While token holders still need to settle on what exact size the inflation rate will increase to, the possibility of higher yields for community participation has brought demand to the coin.

    A second major development for the protocol is the EOS PowerUp model, which intends to allow users to pay a fee to power up their account for 24-hours to transact on the network as opposed to paying a transaction fee for every transaction. Block.one mentions that the PowerUP model offers EOS token holders another way to earn a yield by depositing unused EOS tokens to receive a percentage of all the ‘power-up’ fees that are generated by the network. This has become an increasingly attractive option as investors are searching for ways to avoid the high gas fees (transaction fees) and network congestion on the Ethereum (ETH) network.

    With the overall cryptocurrency market bullish and projects like Litecoin (LTC) and Ethereum Classic (ETC) reaching new highs, EOS is a blockchain project that could benefit investors as the cryptocurrency bull market continues.

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