Experts Commend New Share Pricing Regime Of NSE


Some financial experts have commended the new share pricing method of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).
They said that the new share pricing regime would allow share prices to trade as low as one kobo and boost inflow of foreign investments.
The experts, in separate interviews with newsmen in Lagos, said that the method would also enable investors to categorise stocks on the NSE.
Reports say that new pricing method was started on Monday.
The Professor of Economics, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun Prof. Sheriffdeen Tella, said that the NSE must of necessity update its pricing method from time to time for trading to be transparent.
He said that for any stock exchange to attract foreigners to participate in its trading and invariably in the economy, it must adhere to global best practices.
Tella said that the method must be well implemented to leave no one in doubt about a particular stock.
The Head of Banking and Finance Department, Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Dr Uche Uwaleke, said that inflation and depreciation of the naira had made the new pricing method imperative.
Uwaleke said that the NSE needed to be in conformity with global best practices in terms of rules and regulations.
He, however, called for proper implementation of the new method to achieve the desired results.
Reports say that Mr Abimbola Babalola, NSE Head of Market Surveillance and Investigation, said that the new method was “aimed at improving liquidity, narrowing spreads and ensuring that all price-improving transactions had material impact.”
Babalola said the new rules would effectively remove the current rule which placed minimum allowable price for any stock to trade at its nominal value, irrespective of the market forces.
He said that as a result, stocks would be under new groupings and pricing rules and that price of every share listed on the NSE would be determined by market forces.
According to him, Group A, shall consist of large-cap equities that are priced at N100 per share or above for at least four of the last six trading months, or new security listings that are priced at N100 or above.