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Oil Retreats Below $80 On Supply Caution

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Oil edged lower on Tuesday, ebbing from an over $80 a barrel a peak hit earlier on a weaker dollar, as a cautious reassessment of supply and demand tempered the rally. The dollar hit a 14-month low against a basket of currencies on Tuesday. A weak dollar makes dollar-denominated commodities such as oil cheaper for holders of other currencies. U.S. crude for November delivery touched $80.05 a barrel in Asian trade, its highest since October 14 last year, but then retreated to $79.35 barrel by 6.10 a.m. EDT, down 26 cents. London Brent crude fell 20 cents to $77.57 a barrel. Oil prices have surged by nearly $10 since the start of October, fueled by optimism about the strength of the corporate earnings season as a sign of economic recovery and renewed oil demand growth. “We see little support for the rally, which is now eight days old, and think that at some point, OPEC spare capacity of about 6 million barrels and massive on and offshore stocks will trigger a correction phase,” said JCB Energy analyst, David Wech in a research note. OPEC Secretary-General, Abdullah al-Badri said on Tuesday that oil prices at $80 a barrel were “a bit high,” but they had helped the group revive major upstream investment projects to create a larger supply cushion. “There was not any strong fundamental factor for the move from $75 to $80. Now the market is looking for a fundamental story and OPEC is starting to make some noise,” said analyst Olivier Jakob of Petromatrix. U.S. stocks data from the American Petroleum Institute due later on Tuesday could accelerate the losses if crude inventories rise, analysts said. A preliminary Reuters poll of analysts forecast the data would show a 2 million barrel build in crude stocks last week. U.S. distillate stocks which include heating oil are near 26-year highs and are expected to be ample even if forecasts for below-normal temperatures materialise in the United States this winter. Analysts said that if prices once again surpass $80 a barrel, the rally could gather fresh momentum because of a high density of call options — a contract that gives traders the option of buying crude at a set price — at around this level. “Above $80 a barrel it’s a question of options. There are layers of calls at this level,” said Jakob.

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NSE Begins Week On Negative Note, Loses N19.49bn

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The Nigerian stock market began the week on a negative note as banking and consumer goods stocks, among others, triggered a N19.49bn loss.
At the end of trading on the floor of the Nigerian  Exchange Limited , the NGX All-Share Index dropped by 0.09 per cent to end at 43,270.94 basis points, while the market capitalisation declined to N22.58tn.
Market activities were mixed as the total volume of shares traded decreased by 30.19 per cent while the value traded rose by 34.05 per cent.
A total of 213.13 million shares valued at N2.36bn were exchanged in 4,105 deals, compared to 305.32 million shares worth N3.58bn in 4,450 deals last Friday.
FCMB Group Plc topped the traded stocks in terms of volume, accounting for 27.43 per cent of the total volume of trades while Airtel Africa Plc emerged as the most traded stock by value, representing 28.81 per cent of the total value of trades on the exchange.
14 firms gained compared to 21 losers.
AIICO Insurance Plc was the biggest gainer for the day, topping the gainers’ chart with a price appreciation of 8.57 per cent to N0.76 per share.
It was followed by LivingTrust Mortgage Bank Plc with a rise of 7.95 per cent, ending the day at N0.95 per share.
Analysing by sectors, three of the five major indices closed lower, led by NGX Oil & Gas (-0.56 per cent), NGX Consumer Goods (-0.23 per cent) and NGX Banking (0.18 per cent).
But the insurance (0.82 per cent) and industrial goods (0.002 per cent) indices gained at the end of trading.

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… Introduces TIES To Boost  Business Loan

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has introduced the Tertiary Institutions Entrepreneurship Scheme (TIES), which provides undergraduates and graduates with a platform to access loans.
The TIES’ underlying aim is to provide access to capital for Nigerian undergraduates and graduates with innovative entrepreneurial and technological ideas from polytechnics and universities.
TIES intends to shift undergraduates and graduates away from white-collar job pursuits and towards a culture of entrepreneurship development for economic development and job creation.
In a national biennial entrepreneurship competition, the Developmental Component would be distributed in the form of awards to Nigerian polytechnics and universities.
The competition aims to increase undergraduates’ awareness and visibility of high-impact entrepreneurial/technological concepts, foster entrepreneurial talent hunts in Nigerian polytechnics and universities, and encourage commercially viable and transformative technologies.
Interested Nigerian polytechnics and universities shall apply to participate in the national biennial entrepreneurship competition on a dedicated online portal.
Outlining brief details of the project, potential impact and evidence of originality of project, CBN said it is an innovation for students entrepreneurs.

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CITN Applauds FG, Tax Authorities On Fiscal Policy Decisions

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The Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) has lauded the Federal Government and tax authorities on the giant strides made on fiscal policy decisions and tax administration measures initiated this year in the area of Finance Act 2021 and the introduction of TaxPromax solution.
President of the institute, Adesina Adedayo, who gave the commendation at the institute’s yearly award ceremony at the weekend in Lagos, assured the government and tax authorities of aligning with the measures and promised to provide professional thoughts and insights on ways through which they could achieve an efficient and effective Nigerian tax system.
Adedayo emphasised the need to address the database, adding that without knowing who the tax-payers are, there is no way they can take money from unknown tax-payers.
Database is the aspect we have been emphasising on as an institute and in doing this, there are so many of pockets of data we have. All the data must be harmonised to have a simple unique tax-payers identification number,” he said.

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