The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) ended 2020 on a bullish note as the All-Share index posted a gain of 50.03%, moving from 26,842.07 points recorded as of December 2019 to 40,270.72 points.
The top ten stockbroking firms on the NSE traded a sum of N1.17 trillion worth of shares between January and December 2020. This is according to the Broker Performance Report for the year ended December 2020.
According to the report, the top ten stockbroking firms on the stock exchange accounted for 53.87% of the total value of stocks traded in the year.
Stockbrokers by value
- Stanbic IBTC Stockbrokers is top on the list with trades worth N218.14 billion, representing 10.04% of the total value of traded stocks in The Exchange.
- EFG Hermes Nigeria Limited followed with trade of stocks worth N208.86 billion, accounting for 9.61% of the total value.
- Rencap Securities also traded stocks worth N188.66 billion during the period. It accounted for 8.45% of the total value traded.
- Cardinalstone Securities Limited traded stocks valued at N126.6 billion between January and December 2020, representing 5.83% of the total traded stocks in the year.
- CSL Stockbrokers Limited recorded trades worth N96 billion. This represents 4.42% of the total traded stocks on the bourse.
- Others on the list include; Chapel Hill Denham (N88 billion), Cordros Securities (N69.3 billion), Meristem Stockbrokers (N67.7 billion), FBN Quest Securities (N61.6 billion), and ABSA Securities (N50.4 billion).
Stockbrokers by volume
The top ten stockbrokers by volume traded in 94.53 billion units of shares, representing 48.75% of the total volume of stocks traded in the year.
- Inter State Securities traded in 19.29 billion stocks during the year, representing 9.95% of the total volume of traded stocks.
- Cardinalstone Securities followed closely with trades in 14.01 billion shares, accounting for 7.22% of the total traded stocks.
- EFG Hermes traded in 10.87 billion units of stocks. This accounted for 5.61% of the total shares traded in the Stock Market.
- Morgan Capital Securities came fourth on the list with trades in 10.31 billion units of stocks, representing 5.32% of the total traded stocks.
- While Stanbic IBTC Stockbrokers traded in 8.15 billion units of shares. This accounted for 4.2% of the total traded stocks.
- Others include; Rencap Securities (7.26 billion), Meristem Stockbrokers (7.08 billion), Chapel Hill Denham Securities (6.7 billion), CSL Stockbrokers (5.92 billion), and Apel Asset Limited (4.92 billion).
Overall market performance in 2020
The Nigerian Stock Exchange posted significant gains in 2020, growing its all-share index by 50.03% to close at 40,270.72 points despite the downturn caused by the Corona Virus pandemic.
- Also, the equities market capitalisation closed at N21.06 trillion as of 31st December 2020. Indicating a growth of 62.4% compared to N12.97 trillion recorded as of the corresponding period of 2019.
- The best-performing stocks in the year include; Neimeth (+260%), FTN Cocoa (+230%), Japaul Oil (+210%), Airtel Africa (185%), and Livestock Feeds with 178% positive growth.
- The NSE-Main Board Index grew by 49.84% in the year, while the NSE 30 Index recorded a 39.25% positive growth.
- Notably, the NSE Premium Index grew by 64.01%, the Consumer Goods index (+12.25%), while the Banking Index recorded a positive growth of 10.14%.
Japaul Gold slumps by 30%, after rallying to 52-week high of N1.67 on Monday
Japaul Gold stocks slumped by as much as 30%, as investors sell off shares of the rebranded company.
Japaul Gold stocks slump by as much as 30% in three trading sessions, as investors on NSE continue to sell off shares of the rebranded Gold exploration and mining company, after rallying by 146% in 11 days.
It is important to note that the shares of the rebranded and restructured company with a new focus on Gold exploration as its new name suggests, rallied to a record 52-week high of N1.67 on Monday, as buying pressures moved year-to-date gains to 169.4% at mid-day.
However, profit-taking activities by investors saw the shares of the company dip by 15% from N1.67 to close the market on Monday 25 kobo lower at N1.42.
A preview of the performance of the shares of the company by Nairametrics at the close of trade on the exchange today revealed that Japaul shares slumped by 30.5% from its 52-week record high price of N1.67, which was recorded on Monday 18th January 2020, to N1.16 at the close of trade on the exchange today.
What you should know
- The drastic decline in the company’s share price was triggered by a huge sell-off by investors, as many consider the shares of the company to be overvalued at the current price.
- In line with this, Japaul share price recorded significant decline for the third consecutive day, with the share price of the rebranded company closing at N1.16, after 4.51 million shares of the company exchanged hands in 60 deals worth over N5.2 million.
What to expect
A decline in the shares of the company is expected tomorrow as over N28.9 million units of the company’s shares, worth N33.5 million were offered today at N1.16 without a single bid.
This suggests that investors will likely offer the shares of the company at a lower price tomorrow to avoid being trapped, as the shares of the company continue to shed value.
Governor Sanwo-Olu says 24,000 students yet to resume in public schools
24,000 students in public schools are yet to return back after the reopening of schools, according to Governor Sanwo-Olu.
The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has revealed that about 24,000 students in public schools are yet to come back after the reopening of schools following last year’s lockdown necessitated by the first wave of Covid-19 across the country.
This is as the governor said that resumption of school activities Monday, January 20, 2021, was a difficult decision to make in light of the second wave of Covid-19.
This disclosure was made by the governor while peaking during a press conference on Covid-19 update at the Lagos House, Ikeja on Tuesday.
Sanwo-Olu assured that it was the best decision for the children’s safety and long-term development, especially the most vulnerable ones.
What the Lagos State Governor is saying
Sanwo-Olu in his statement said, “Last year after the first lockdown and kids have to come back to school, we are still looking for about 24,000 of them that have not come back to school. So, there is a challenge if you keep them out for that long and their parents or guardians now turn them to other things instead of ensuring that they have time to come back for learning even if it is twice or thrice a week.
“At least they have been registered since the beginning of a session and they can be monitored. If not, they will just be roaming the streets and become endangered. We have seen incidents of child abuse and all unprintable things that are being done to these children. So, we believe to a large extent that schools sometimes happen to be the safe haven for them. We have done the roster in which we ensure they keep social distance and we are monitoring,” he said.
What you should know
- It can be recalled that public and private schools below the tertiary level in Lagos State, On Monday, January 18, 2021, reopened for academic activities despite opposition from some stakeholders due to the second wave of coronavirus pandemic in the state.
- Following the surge in the number of infections in the state, which is the epicentre of the disease in the country, there were complaints about the state of preparedness of the schools, especially the public ones, in adhering to the strict Covid-19 protocols and guidelines.
Breaking: Joe Biden sworn-in as the 46th President of the United States
The whole world watched in awe as Joe Biden was sworn in as the new President of the United States.
Joe Biden has been sworn in as the 46th President of the United States.
The 78-year-old Democrat and former Vice president to Barack Obama is being sworn in after emerging the winner of last year’s Presidential elections.
Biden’s running mate, Kamala Devi Harris was sworn in as vice president by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, becoming the first woman and the first black and Asian-American person elevated to serve in a role a heartbeat from the presidency.
The inauguration took place at the US Capitol, the same building that was stormed on January 6, by Donald Trump’s violent supporters.
Trump who for months refused to conceded to Biden’s victory at the polls left the White House for the final time hours earlier and flew to Florida after making it clear weeks ago that he will not be attending the inauguration.
Trump’s Vice, Mike Pence attended the ceremony, as he skipped Trump’s farewell military salute event at Andrews base.
The ceremony includes musical performances by Lady Gaga – who sang the national anthem – as well as Jennifer Lopez and Garth Brooks.
Former Presidents; Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton were all present at the inuaguration
What you should know
- At 78, Biden is the oldest president ever to take the oath of office.
- In his speech, Biden swore to defend the constitution and the country “against all enemies, foreign and domestic”.
- History was made as Kamala Harris became America’s first female, first Black and first Asian American vice-president.
- Donald Trump skipped the ceremony, becoming the first president not to attend his successor’s inauguration since 1869.