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Dangote, May & Baker fired up, investors gain N8 billion

Market sentiment, as measured by market breadth, was also positive as 27 stocks gained, relative to 20 losers.

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Nigerian Stock Exchange

Nigerian Stocks market rose today by 0.36% to 40,295.95 index points amid renewed buying activity on Tuesday.

Trading in the Nigerian Stock market started the day on a positive note, as investors gained N8.10 billion coupled with market capitalization settled at N21.06 trillion as against an opening of N20.99 trillion.

  • Consequently, Year-to-Date (YTD) moderated to 0.06%.
  • The sectoral performance was positive as three out of the five indices tracked closed green; the NSE Insurance, NSE Industrial, and NSE Consumer Goods indices increased by 3.61%, 0.99 %, and 0.36% respectively.
  • On the flip side, the NSE Banking and Energy indices moderated by 0.62% and 0.05 respectively.
  • Activities at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) improved as the total volume traded increased. A total volume of 1.16 billion units of shares, valued at N7.96billion exchanged hands in 5,591 deals.
  • Market sentiment, as measured by market breadth, was also positive as 27 stocks gained, relative to 20 losers.

Top gainers

  1. NASCON up 10.00% to close at N15.95
  2. ARDOVA up 9.75% to close at N19.7
  3. MAYBAKER up 7.24% to close at N3.85
  4. DANGCEM up 2.22% to close at N230
  5. DANGSUGAR up 1.55% to close at N19.65

Top Losers

  1. OANDO down 5.41% to close at N3.5
  2. GUARANTY down 1.07% to close at N32.5
  3. JBERGER down 1.12% to close at N17.7
  4. UBA down 1.12% to close at N8.8
  5. MTNN down 0.12% to close at N165

Outlook

Nigerian Stocks recorded impressive gains amid soaring crude oil prices.

NASCON and Ardova Plc topped the gainers’ list having advanced by 10% and 9.75% respective growth, while Oando and Jberger recorded the largest losses of the day after depreciating by 5.41% and 1.12% respectively.

  • Investors are rushing into Nigerian Stocks on the hunt for alpha-yielding investments in the face of increasingly negative real returns in the debt market that remain positive for Nigerian equities.
  • That said, Nairametrics advises investors to trade stocks that exhibit good fundamentals amid growing political uncertainty in spite of the fact that investors await Q3 earnings across the market spectrum.

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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. Message Olumide on Twitter @tokunboadesina. He is a Member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Society.

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How to invest in Nigerian Eurobonds

Before investing in Eurobonds, weigh the bond’s risk characteristics and set them against the interest rate to know if it is worth it.

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Treasury Market T-bills, African Finance Corp. issues $750 million 7-year Eurobond at lowest yield to date

As of 2019, Nigeria’s Eurobonds were regarded as one of the top 5 best-performing Eurobonds in the world.

Although Nigeria’s Eurobonds remain one of the most profitable in the investment world, not many individuals know how to invest in them. The Federal Government and a number of corporate organisations in the country subscribe to Eurobonds and issue them quite often, lending credence to their attractiveness as an investment tool.

What is Eurobond?

Basically, Eurobonds are financial instruments issued by a country or corporate organisation in a currency different from the currency of the issuer.

Nigeria typically issues Eurobond instruments denominated in US dollars. For example, the 6.75% $500 million January 2021 Eurobond was denominated in US dollars.

There is the sovereign, which is referred to as a government bond, and the corporate bond. Eurobonds operate like fixed income securities in terms of bond instruments. It has a coupon, an interest rate paid on bonds (which is paid bi-annually), a price at which the bond will be purchased, and also a yield.

The price and yield have an inverse relationship meaning that when the price goes up, the yield comes down. When the yield is coming down, the instrument is trading at a premium compared to when it was issued.

An investor can buy Eurobonds while the primary auction is ongoing or later, at the secondary market, for those who were unable to participate in the primary auction.

READ: Nigeria’s Eurobond yield hit 12.8% as investors flee emerging markets

How to invest in Nigerian Eurobonds

The process of investing in Eurobonds in Nigeria is not any different from that of investing in local bonds. Both bonds can be bought from either the primary market at the initial offer level or at the secondary market for existing bonds.

All that is required is for the investor to complete the tender for the Federal Government of Nigeria or corporate bonds form, submit the tender through any of the authorized dealers and make the required payment when the bid is successful.

Basically, for banks, your account has to be funded with the desired currency. For instance, to buy a dollar-denominated Eurobond which is the conventional one issued in Nigeria, you have to fund your account with dollars, then send an instruction for the bond purchase.

READ: FG redeems $500 million Eurobond

Be mindful of the bond’s risk profile before investing

Eurobonds can either be corporate or government bonds. Corporate bonds may offer higher interest rates than government-issued Eurobonds but they also come with higher risk.

If you want to invest in Eurobonds, ensure that you weigh the risk characteristics of the bonds and set them against the interest rate to know if it is worth it. Most Eurobonds come with credit ratings, which serve as a measure of their quality and risk profile.

Usually, bonds with the highest quality credit ratings come with the lowest yields while bonds with lower credit ratings offer higher yields. The yield, in this sense, is a measure of the bond issuer’s creditworthiness meaning that the greater the credit risk on an investment, the higher the yield investors would demand to compensate for it.

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READ: Investing in Nigerian Bonds – A Beginners Guide

How to obtain an FG Eurobond

When bonds are issued at the primary market, the issuance document contains a list of the banks or brokers that have been authorized to sell the bonds. The FGN issued bonds are purchased through the Primary Dealer Market Makers (PDMMs). These are banks appointed by the Debt Management Office (DMO), to act as authorized dealers of FGN bonds.

Can you fund a Eurobond with a naira account?

Not at the moment! You need a dollar account (domiciliary account) that is funded but your bank can easily guide you on how to obtain one.

Next is to fill out instruction documents after which the bank will send you a market price and the expected yield. The bank then debits your account for the purchase. Every six months or on the specified coupon dates, you will receive your coupon and at maturity, you will get your principal back if the issuer does not default. A coupon or coupon payment is the annual interest rate paid on a bond, expressed as a percentage of the face value and paid from the issue date until maturity.

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Here is a simplified example of the process:

You walk into a branch of your bank and ask to purchase $100,000 worth of Eurobonds. Note that your domiciliary account should already be funded with the amount. You would be required to fill out and sign the letter of instruction which would then be sent to the bank’s treasury unit for processing. The treasury unit responds with the available Eurobond prices and requests you to confirm the purchase. When that is done, the treasury unit executes the deal and holds it in their custody.

You can also sell the bonds at the secondary market.

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Minimum investment as an individual

The minimum conventional investment tranche is $200,000, but a $100,000 worth of investment is also permissible. Amounts lower than this are however problematic because the secondary market trades in tranches of $200,000.

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Can people invest through mutual funds?

Basically, what mutual funds do is amass investors’ funds and buy Eurobonds in the secondary market. A mutual fund is just like a vehicle that helps you to buy bonds so that you are not faced with the issuer’s risk directly. Therefore, individuals or institutions can also buy Eurobonds through mutual funds.

Mutual funds make it possible for you to participate in bond-buying with less than the statutory amount since they operate by pooling resources together from a large number of investors.

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Ethereum breaks $4000 and 5 Big Takes for the week

The 2nd week of May promises to be a profitable week, spurred on by the activities of last week.

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What you should know before investing in Cryptocurrency

The 2nd week of May promises to be a profitable week, spurred on by the activities last week. Here are the key events that affected the economy and markets last week.

What are the regulators doing?

CBN made the news in two major ways. Firstly, the apex bank indefinitely extended the Naira4dollar scheme for diaspora remittances. The initiative rewards recipients N5 for every $1 they receive through IMTOs and commercial banks. It was initially supposed to end on May 8th. Many analysts we have spoken to seem to believe this is another form of naira devaluation.

Another interesting news from the CBN was its plans to reject the continuous importation of maize in Nigeria.

READ: Why Ethereum is becoming more attractive than Bitcoin

What fixed income opportunities are available?

Last week the DMO (Debt Management Office) announced an offer for subscription of the May 2021 Federal Government Savings Bond to investors.

The Debt Management Office (DMO), on behalf of the Federal Government has announced the offer for subscription of the May 2021 Federal Government Savings Bond to investors.

This disclosure is contained in a circular issued by the DMO on May 3, 2021, and can be seen on its website noting that there are 2-year and 3-year savings bonds. The breakdown of the bonds shows that the 2-year FGN savings bond will be due on May 12, 2023, at 7.753% per annum and the 3-year FGN Savings Bond which will be due on May 12, 2024, at 8.753% per annum.

The offer has an opening date of May 3, with a closing date of May 7. Although this window is closed. Portfolio diversification is critical for any investor and bonds are one of the safest asset classes.

READ: Nigerian stocks that outperformed Bitcoin, Ethereum and Cardano in April

Should volatility in Crypto shock anybody?

Over the weekend, another incredible market volatility transpired with the Dogecoin going down about 21.34% for the day on Sunday. Elon Musk´s appearance on SNL seems to have had a negative effect on the crypto asset’s price.

Ethereum at the time of writing this report is currently trading at an all-time high of $4,053, up by 2.72% in 24 hours. There are many investment opportunities in cryptocurrencies but because of the tremendous market volatility, it is important for investors to invest with caution. The rule of thumb is not to invest more than you are willing to lose.

READ: Why Ethereum transaction fees are often expensive

Stock market bounce?

The Nigerian Stock Exchange made a bullish recovery on Friday. Its year-to-date stands at -2.66%. There is still a lot of upside for Nigerian stocks which remain relatively cheap compared to other emerging markets. In a Twitter Spaces conversation with Ugodre Obi-Chukwu, analysts stated that the true value of the Nigerian economy is not reflected in the NGX. ¨Out of the 166 listed companies, only about 30 are tradeable,¨ according to one analyst.

In a period where there should be a lot of capital allocation to emerging markets like Nigeria, a major deterrence to this is our FX situation. Investors have issues getting their money out of the Nigerian economy.

Another Corruption case

It was reported that the FG will probe the suspended MD of Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala-Usman for the alleged non-remittance of over N165 billion operating surplus to the Consolidated Revenue Fund by the NPA management.

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