Nigeria Stocks gain momentum as All Share Index rise

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Employees work on the trading floor at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) in Lagos, Nigeria, on Monday, Oct. 26, 2015. Nigeria plans to create a $25 billion fund with public and private financing to modernize infrastructure and avoid a recession, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said. Photographer: George Osodi/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The local bourse slightly upturned at the close of trade today following price appreciation in GUARANTY (+2.5%), PRESCO (+9.7%) and NASCON (+9.9%). As a result, the All Share Index (“ASI”) rose 1bp to 30,833.5 points, YTD return stagnated at -1.9% while market capitalisation increased by N1.5bn to N11.6tn. In the same vain, activity level improved as volume and value traded advanced 1360.2% and 99.8% to 1.9bn units and N2.8bn respectively. The most active stocks by volume were WEMABANK (1.7bn units), CHAMS (99.5m units) and UBA (17.3m units) while WEMABANK (N1.3bn), GUARANTY (N349.0m) and NESTLE (N219.3m) led stocks by value.

Across sectors, market performance remained bearish as 4 of 5 indices under our coverage trended southward. The Banking index emerged the lone gainer, up 0.4% due to buying interest in WEMABANK (+9.6%), GUARANTY (+2.5%) and ETI (+1.2%). On the flip side, the Industrial Goods index shed the most, down 1.4% due to sell offs in CCNN (-5.0%) while the Oil & Gas index trailed declining 13bps on the back of losses in OANDO (-0.9%). Similarly, the Insurance index fell 12bps following price depreciation in CUSTODIAN (-0.8%) and AIICO (-5.3%) while sell pressures in DANGFLOUR (-4.6%), NIGERIAN BREWERIES (-0.4%) and PZ (-5.0%) dragged the Consumer Goods index down by 8bps to close the trading session.

Investor sentiment as measured by market breadth (advance/decline ratio) strengthened to 0.8x, a mild improvement from the 0.6x recorded yesterday as 14 stocks advanced against the 17 stocks that declined. The best performers were CILEASING (+9.9%), NASCON (+9.9%) and PRESCO (+9.7%) while SOVREININ (-9.1%), UBN (-7.0%) and AIICO (-5.3%) were the worst performing stocks. Despite today’s mild uptick in performance, we maintain a conservative outlook for tomorrow’s trading session as investor sentiment remains weak. However, we opine that the lingering bearish sentiment continue to present attractive opportunities for investors to take position.

Market Statistics Thursday, 28th March 2019

Market Cap (N’bn) 11,593.9

Market Cap (US$’bn) 37.9

NSE All-Share Index 30,833.50

Daily Performance 0.0

1 Week Performance % (0.2)

YTD Performance % (1.9)

Daily Volume (Million) 1918.1

Daily Value (N’bn) 2.8

Daily Value (US$’m) 9.2

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Obodo Ejiro is afinancial journalist with over 15 years in Journalism. Mr Obodo, a graduate of University of Benin. He was the Online Editor at BusinessDay Media, where he oversaw the online editorial department. Proir to this, he served as a Senior Research Analyst at BusinessDay Research and Intelligence Unit. Obodo has won a series of International journalistic awards including the Citi Journalistic Award for 2013

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