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FCMB drops 10% in early trading

At about 10.55 am the tier-2 Banking stock was trading at N3.00 printing a decline of 9.91% at the Nigerian bourse.

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FCMB Group notifies investors on Q3 results delay, FCMB profits decline by 4.84% in 9 months, FCMB Nigeria’s evening of investment talks with Ugodre, FCMB replaces KPMG with Deloitte as its new auditor, FCMB profit up 9.2% surges to N20 billion

Nigeria’s leading tier-2 bank, First City Monument Bank (FCMB) recorded significant losses at the first trading session of 2020.

What you must know: At about 10.55 am, the tier-2 Banking stock was trading at N3.00, printing a decline of 9.91% at the Nigerian bourse.

READ: First City Monument Bank Ltd issues N20 billion commercial paper

However, it’s critical to note FCMB is still the best performing Nigerian bank stock with yearly returns at 70%.

What this means: The plunge in share price is largely attributed to growing concerns among investors on recent reports stating the Management of First City Monument Bank Limited (FCMB) had announced it is currently investigating the allegation involving its Managing Director, Adam Nuru.

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READ: FCMB postpones issuance of its recently announced Commercial Paper worth N30 billion

This was according to an exclusive press release made available to Nairametrics and signed by the Head of Corporate Affairs, FCMB Group, Diran Olojo.

READ: 54gene partners FCMB, others to donate mobile laboratories to Lagos, Ogun States

Olumide Adesina is a France-born Nigerian. He is a Certified Investment Trader, with more than 15 years of working expertise in Investment trading. Follow Olumide on Twitter @tokunboadesina or email [email protected] He is a Member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Society.

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  1. Abimbade Gideon Adesina

    January 5, 2021 at 4:38 pm

    Good evening, my name sake, I am Adesina by name too, I have interest in trading but I have lost a lot of money on it, still I have not gotten there. How can you bring me up to be expart too.

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High demand for Azure, homework tools boost Microsoft earnings

Microsoft disclosed Azure revenue grew 50% as more businesses integrated into the cloud.

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The world’s most valuable software maker, Microsoft, announced impressive earnings results for the quarter that ended on December 31, 2020, as data retrieved showed that the $1.75 trillion company saw increased demand on its work-at-home tools triggered by the reduced human mobility presently in play.

  • Microsoft disclosed that Azure’s revenue grew by 50% as more businesses integrated into the cloud.
  • Stock experts had expected around 42% growth, although the software giant didn’t reveal Azure’s revenue in dollars.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic caused many businesses to speed up moves to the cloud and upgrades to internet-based collaboration software.

The Productivity and Business Processes segment, including LinkedIn, Office, and Dynamics, printed $13.35 billion in revenue, which was up 13% and more than the $12.89 billion anticipated by wall street experts.

“What we have witnessed over the past year is the dawn of the second wave of the digital transformation sweeping every company and every industry,” said Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft.

“Building their own digital capability is the new currency driving every organization’s resilience and growth. Microsoft is powering this shift with the world’s largest and most comprehensive cloud platform.”

Microsoft Corp. announced its earnings results for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, as compared to the corresponding period of last fiscal year:

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  • Revenue was $43.1 billion, increasing by 17%.
  • Operating income was $17.9 billion, increasing by 29%.
  • Net income was $15.5 billion, increasing by 33%.
  • Diluted earnings per share were $2.03, increasing by 34%.

Earnings: $2.03 per share, adjusted, vs. $1.64 per share as expected by Wall Street analysts, according to Refinitiv.

“Accelerating demand for our differentiated offerings drove commercial cloud revenue to $16.7 billion, up 34% year over year,” said Amy Hood, Executive Vice President, and Chief Financial Officer of Microsoft. “We continue to benefit from our investments in strategic, high-growth areas.

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United Capital Director spends N5.39 million on additional 1 million shares

1 million units of United Capital Plc’s shares worth N5.39 million has been purchased by a Non-Executive Director.

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Group Executive Director, others acquire over 3.5 million shares of United Capital Plc

A Non-Executive Director in United Capital Plc, Mr Emmanuel Nnorom of Vine Foods Limited 2 has purchased additional 1 million units of the firm’s shares worth N5.39 million.

This is according to a notification signed by the firm’s secretary, Leo Okafor and sent to the Nigerian Stock Exchange, as seen by Nairametrics.

The disclosure revealed that the transaction took place on the 25th of January, 2021, with the Director purchasing an additional 1 million units of the firm’s share at N5.39 per share, totalling N5, 390,000.

Nairametrics learnt that there have been increasing numbers of insider transactions recorded by the firm, especially in the last three months. For example, Nairametrics earlier reported that the CEO of the United Capital Plc, Mr Peter Ashade had purchased an additional 6 million units of the firm’s share in the last three months.

Underlying fundamentals

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The surge in insider transactions might be attributable to the impressive growth in key financial metrics of United Capital Plc. For example, the firm had experienced a 25.90% rise in its gross revenue in its last reported financial statement – Q3, 2020.

Despite recording over 100% decline in other income earning components, the increase in gross earnings was jointly driven by an increase in Investment income, fees and commission income, net trading income and net interest margin.

As at the time of writing this report, Nairametrics learnt that the market capitalization of the firm has so far gained a total of N3.36 billion since the commencement of trading on the 4th of January, 2021. This is largely driven by an 11.34% increase in the share price of the firm.

In case you missed it: Nairametrics had earlier reported that Mr Emmanuel Nnorom purchased a cumulative of 1.755 million units of the firm’s share, spending a total of N7.99 million on the deal.

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MTN Nigeria, Airtel Africa, WAPCO up, investors gain N259 billion

Nigerian Stocks Month-to-Date and Year-to-Date returns increased to 3.24% as market capitalization stands at N21.494 trillion.

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Nigerian banking stocks remain most liquid stocks, as investors gain N25.1 billion, DANGOTE CEMENT, OKOMUOIL and GUINNESS drag Nigerian Stock market down,  SEPLAT, GUINNESS, Breaks Nigerian Bourse Support Levels, Investors Lose N49 Billion  

The Nigerian Stock Exchange continued today on a positive note, as the All-Share Index improved by 1.21% to close at 41,584.94 index points.

Consequently, Month-to-Date and Year-to-Date return increased to 3.24% as market capitalization stands at N21.494 trillion, having added N259 billion.

A total volume of 467 million units of shares, valued at N5.56 billion exchanged hands in 5,990 deals.

  • Transnational Corporations (+0.93%) continued to dominate market activity in terms of volume and value at 45.9 million units and N50.5 million respectively.
  • Similarly, the market breadth index was positive with 32 gainers against 19 losers.
  • RTBRISCOE (+10.00%) led the gainer’s chart today, while JOHNHOLT (-10.00%) was the top loser.
  • Sectoral indices closed mostly positive. The NSE Consumer Goods Index led the gainers with 0.54%. The Insurance and Industrial Indexes trailed by 0.40% and 0.25% respectively.
  • On the flip side, the NSE Oli & Gas & Banking Indexes dipped by -5.31%  and -0.14%t respectively.

Top gainers

  1. AIRTELAFRI up 7.60% to close at N920
  2. FIDSON up 8.60% to close at N5.05
  3. FLOURMILL up 6.25% to close at N34
  4. WAPCO up 3.77% to close at N27.5
  5. MTNN up 0.53% to close at N170.9

Top losers

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  1. SEPLAT down 9.26% to close at N490
  2. CUTIX down 7.08% to close at N2.1
  3. AFRIPRUD down 1.82% to close at N7
  4. CADBURY down 1.54% to close at N9.6
  5. ZENITHBANK down 0.94% to close at N26.25

Outlook

Nigerian stocks ended Tuesday’s trading session on an impressive note.

  • The upside route followed investors’ interests in WAPCO, Flourmill, and Airtel Africa as their stocks advanced by 3.77 %, 6.25%, and 7.60% respectively.
  • Nairametrics however, envisages cautious buying, amid improved market conditions in Nigeria’s financial market.

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