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Investors’ Sentiment Boosts Trading On NSE

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tors’ sentiment on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) resulting to the market ending in the green last week surged the twin market indicators, the All Share Index (ASI) and the aggregate market capitalization of listed equities surged by 1.24 per cent each.
Specifically, the ASI closed the week at 37,382.49 basis points from an index-on-board of 36,926.29 basis points even as the market capitalisation of listed equities increased from the week’s opening value of N11.694 trillion to N11.839 trillion.
The NSE 30 index which tracks the most capitalised stocks on the Nigerian bourse appreciated by 1.05 per cent to finish at 1,758.73 points.
Also four of the NSE indices were in the green during the review week as the NSE Consumer Goods rose by 0.75 per cent, NSE Banking 1.34 per cent, NSE Insurance 0.37 percent and the NSE Industrial goods 3.34 per cent.
However, the NSE Oil/Gas, NSE-Lotus I and the NSE-ASeM nose dived by 0.14 per cent, 0.02 percent and 0.57 per cent, respectively.
A closer look at the market revealed it rebounded last week as the bulls took charge of the market for three days running resulting to a 2.18 per cent appreciation pushing the value-based index that tracks all equities to hover between 35,832 points and 36,952 points.
The week opened on Monday of the review week on a negativenote, as the NSE ASI fell by 0.37 per cent to close at 36,796.14 basis points having opened at 36,926.29 basis points the previous week while cumulative market capitalisation of listed equities dropped by N44 billion to close at N11.650.87 trillion compared with N11.694.95 trillion the previous week.
The second trading in the week under review saw the benchmark index rising by 0.61 per cent which caused the index to finish at 37,014.14 basis points even as the market capitalisation stood at N11.56 trillion.
The overall market volume traded on the same day increased by 53.4 per cent just as increased by 53.4 per cent just as the value grew by 50.8 per cent.
In all, a total of 289.25 million units of shares valued at N324 billion were exchanged by investors in 5,081 deals.
The positive note continued on Wednesday with the NSE ASI soaring by 0.31 percent to finish at 37,128.40 basis points while market capitalisation of listed equities added N36 billion to close at N11,758.27 trillion from an on-board-value of N11.722.08 billion.
The market, last Wednesday recorded a traded volume of 213.24 million units of shares worth N3.22 billion exchanging hands in 5,815 transactions down from 289.25 million units of shares valued at N3.24 billion traded in 5,419 deals the previous day.
The bulls sustained their hold in the equity market of the Nigerian bourse on Thursday with the bench mark index adding 199.26 points to end at 37,327.66 basis points as 34 stocks recorded price appreciation while 16 lost in their value.
The last trading day of the week under review saw the market finishing on a strong note as the bench mark index went up by 0.15 per cent to stand at 37,382.49 basis points while the aggregate market capitalisation of listed equities rose to N11.72 trillion.
A traded volume of 245.96 million units of shares valued at N2.94 billion were recorded at the close business on the Exchange on Friday.
The overall turnover volume during the review week stood at 1.674 billion units of shares valued at N18.266 billion exchanged by investors in 25.367 trades as against a total of 3.478 billion units of shares worth N14.902 billion that exchanged hands the previous week in 24,576 trades.
In volume terms according to the NSE weekly data, the financial services sector topped the sectorial activity chart with 1.306 billion units of shares worth N11.630 billion exchanged by investors in 13,565 trades.
The Banking subsector of the financial services sector was the most active in volume terms during the review week. Activities in the shares of United Bank for Africa Plc, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc and Access Bank Plc drove the volume in the subsector as they accounted for 735.184 million units of shares representing 77.68 per cent and 43.91 per cent of the turnover volume recorded by the subsector and the overall market turnover during the week under review respectively.
The Conglomerates sector emerged second on the week’s activity chart having a turnover of 101.851 million units of shares at the cost of N278.921 million in 1,077 trades.
Activities in the shares of Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc drove the volume in the sector as 98.150 million units of its shares were traded by investors in 727 transaction at the value of N137.029 million.
At the over-the-counter bond market, a total of 4,100 units of FGN bonds worth N443,665 were traded in 18 transactions as against 900 units at the value of N100,126 recorded in 19 trades the preceding week.
On the Price Movement chart, 37 stocks appreciate in their value during the week in contrast to 44 shares which recorded price appreciation the previous week.
A total of forty-seven shares dipped in their value compared with 36 shares that plunged in their value the previous week.
Mobil Oil Nigeria Plc vanguard the top 10 bulls with N10.71, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc N5.02, UACN Plc N4.00, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated N1.11, Beta Glass Company Plc N1.00.
Other top 10 price gainers for the week include IPWA Plc 19 kobo, HIS Plc 60 kobo, Ikeja Hotel Plc 7 kobo, National Salt Company of Nigeria Plc 91 kobo and Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc 84 kobo.
On the downside, the top 10 losers were Glaxo Smthkline N12.73, Costain West Africa Plc 24 kobo, Smart Product Nigeria Plc 20 kobo, Coulterville Business Solution Plc 18 kobo, NPF Microfinance Bank Plc 12 Kobo, Trans-Nationwide Express Plc 25 kobo, Vono Product Plc 17 kobo, Chellarams Plc 48 kobo, Thomas Wyatt Nigeria Plc 11 kobo and Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc 16 kobo.

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Partners Execute Shareholder Agreement For Brass Products Terminal

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC), along with their partner, the Nigerian Content Development & Monitoring Board, NCDMB, and Zed Energy have executed a shareholders’ agreement for the establishment of a 50 million litre Petroleum Products Terminal in Brass, Bayelsa State.
The N10.5 billion Brass Petroleum Products Terminal project is expected to deliver an automated 50 million litre depot with two-way product jetty, automated loading bay, and 6 automated tanks for storage of 30 million litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS)and 20 million litres of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) and Dual Purpose Kerosene (DPK).
While speaking at the signing ceremony, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his giant strides in the Niger Delta which is making a huge impact on the people of the area.
“I make bold to say today without any fear of contradiction that no President has impacted the people of the Niger Delta like President Muhammadu Buhari. Aside from what we are witnessing today, remember there is also the Brass Fertilizer & Petrochemical Company, the Oloibiri Oil and Gas Museum and the Oil & Gas Park in Ogbia, all under Mr. President,” the Minister stated.
Sylva added that the establishment of the Terminal further demonstrates Mr. President’s commitment to the enhancement of the livelihood of the Niger Delta people particularly, the riverine communities in Bayelsa State where people purchase products at exorbitant prices due to logistics challenges associated with transporting products to that area.
Speaking shortly after signing the agreement, the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari said the Corporation was proud to be part of the project which aside ensuring products availability in all nooks and crannies of the Niger Delta, will also guarantee the nation’s energy security and generate employment.
“This Terminal will create 1,000 direct jobs during the construction phase, and over 5,000 indirect jobs during its operation. Considering the potential for employment when completed, this will definitely reduce youth restiveness in the Niger Delta area and will also address the problem of illegal refining in the area,” Kyari stated.
In his remarks, the Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Simbi Wabote stated that this milestone was as a result of strong interagency collaboration and public-private sector partnership.
“The NCDMB will continue to drive such partnerships across the industry to bring development in Nigeria,” he noted.
Earlier, the Coordinator of the Project and Group General Manager, National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), Mr. Bala Wunti stated that the project would enhance the economics of marine petroleum products distribution.

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Senate Hails NNPC’s Drive Towards Profitability

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The senate has commended the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for its efforts towards attaining profitability and stamping out corruption from its system.
Chairman, Senate Committee on Anti-corruption and Financial Crimes, Suleiman Abdu Kwari, gave the commendation at a hearing which was held at the national assembly complex, Abuja.
Kwari said it was heart-warming to learn that the NNPC was making great strides towards profitability and urged the corporation to sustain the gains recorded so far for the good of the country.
In his presentation at the hearing, Mele Kyari, the group managing director of NNPC, said the corporation was championing the fight against corruption in the oil and gas industry by placing measures to curb incidences of corruption across its various business portfolios and by enlisting as a partner company of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).
He also said that the corporation has reported several incidences of infractions such as products diversion and crude oil theft to the police, EFCC and other investigating agencies of the federal government to stem corruption within the oil and gas industry.
In an effort to clampdown on fuel smuggling, the ministry of petroleum resources launched the operation white project in October 2019 to monitor and track the movement of petroleum products in the country.
Also in February 2021, the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) launched the downstream remote monitoring system (DRMS) to track the movement of petroleum products from depots to retail outlets.
“We have created an anti-corruption desk in NNPC that engages the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other anti-corruption agencies on a regular basis,” NNPC GMD said.
“The desk ensures that in all our operations, every staff complies to the code of conduct procedures with consequence management.
“We have established a regulatory compliant governance charter and transparency policy; this is a mark of our compliance to the anti-corruption strategy.
“For the first time in 43 years, NNPC, as a part of the evolving culture of transparency and accountability, published its Audited Financial Statements (AFS) for 2018 and 2019. We are going to publish that of 2020.
“The AFS is the only document that tells how a company does its transaction. We are happy that by the time the 2020 AFS will be published, Nigerians will see the dividends of our accountability.”

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Chevron Spends $10bn On Nigerian Suppliers, Service Providers

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Chairman/Managing Director, Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), Rick Kennedy, said the company has in the last 10 years spent an estimated annual average of $1 billion on Nigerian suppliers and service providers in line with its commitment to Nigerian Content Development.
Highlighting the opportunities and new approaches to the future of hydrocarbons at the ongoing 2021 NIPS in Abuja, Kennedy stressed the need for robust policies and regulations to address and remedy existing challenges in the oil and gas industry; digital technology/innovations; cost efficiency initiatives; sustained social investments as well as continued support for Nigerian Content Development.
Kennedy, who was represented by Monday Ovuede, director, NNPC/CNL Joint Venture, identified opportunities in lowering carbon emissions and harnessing Nigeria’s gas resources as key enablers in complementing the new approaches to future of hydrocarbons in the Nigerian oil and gas industry in the post COVID-19 era.
According to him, the global community has continued to scale up the collaboration towards lower carbon emissions, adding that Chevron supports global efforts to reduce carbon emissions and is actively investing in operations to improve environmental performance while also working with industry to develop new innovative technology and best practices to achieve these objectives.
He emphasised that CNL’s gas strategy is to end routine gas flaring and build a profitable gas business through a portfolio of projects, and stated that in Nigeria, CNL, with its joint venture (JV) partners, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has progressively reduced routine gas flaring by over 95% in the past 10 years and remained ahead in terms of maximising supply of on-spec gas into the Nigerian domestic market.
He also highlighted the NNPC/CNL’s Gas Sales and Aggregation Agreements with Egbin Power Plc, Dangote Fertilizer Limited, and Olorunsogo Generation Company Limited, while mentioning the positive impact of the West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP) through which Nigeria supplies gas to countries in the West African sub-region – specifically, Ghana, Togo, and Benin – thus, helping to boost economic development in West Africa.
Kennedy also noted that Chevron has joined other energy companies supporting the Methane Guiding Principles to reduce methane emissions from natural gas exploration and production operations through digital innovation and deployment of best practices, which include designing, constructing, and operating its facilities in a manner to reduce emissions from its operations.

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