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Equities Market Drops Further by N656bn Amidst Increasing Uncertainty

L-R: Registrar/CEO, The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, Mr. Seye Awojobi and Registrar/CEO, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, Prof. Ahmed Kumshe, FCA, during a courtesy call to CIBN at Bankers House, in Lagos on Tuesday.

Panic sell-off continued on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Tuesday with the market capitalisation shedding N656 billion in what an expert attributed to global economy uncertainties over dwindling global oil price and widespread of Coronavirus.

Specifically, the market capitalisation which opened at N13.365 trillion lost N656 billion or 4.91 per cent to close at N12.709 trillion, the highest daily loss in four years.

Also, the All-Share Index dipped 1,258.88 basis points  or 4.91 per cent dropping to 24,388.66 basis points compared with 25,647.54 basis points achieved on Monday.

Thus, the Month-to-Date and Year-to-Date losses increased to -7.0 per cent and -9.1 per cent, respectively.

Analysts at Afrinvest Limited stated that “As oil prices struggle to trend upward amid no respite for the COVID-19 outbreak, we expect sentiment to remain bearish in the next trading session.”

Market breadth closed negative, with three gainers and 33 losers.

Dangote Sugar Refinery, Fidelity Bank, NASCON Allied Industries, Stanbic IBTC Holdings and MTN Nigeria led the losers’ chart with 10 per cent loss each, to close at N9.90, N1.62, N11.70, N28.35 and N103.50, per share, respectively.

Union Bank of Nigeria, Nigerian Breweries, Guaranty Trust Bank, International Breweries and CAP followed with a decline of 9.93 per cent each, to close at N6.35, N33.10, N19.95, N6.35 and N19.95 per share, respectively.

Lafarge Africa declined by 9.89 to close at N12.30, while Oando shed 9.88 per cent to close at N2.19 per share.

Conversely, Neimeth International Pharmaceuticals led the gainers’ table in percentage terms, gaining 10 per cent, to close at 44k per share.

Honeywell Flour Mill followed with 3.45 per cent to close at 90k, while NEM Insurance increased by 1.16 per cent to close N1.75 per share.

However, the total volume of shares sold increased by 220.3 per cent as investors bought and sold 594.55 million shares valued N4.21 billion exchanged in 4,010 deals.

This was against 185.65 million shares worth N1.83 billion achieved in 2,690 deals on Monday.

Transactions in the shares of United Bank for Africa topped the activity chart with 166.42 million shares valued N942.73 million.

FBN Holdings followed with 163.96 million shares worth N724.83 million, while Guaranty Trust Bank traded 54.52 million shares valued N1.09 billion.

Fidelity Bank accounted for 31.93 million shares valued  N51.73 million, while Zenith Bank transacted 30.09 million shares worth N392.62 million.


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