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Mexican Stocks Rise To Two-Year High

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Mexican stocks rose to the highest level in more than two years after a decline in jobless claims and a rise in durable goods orders in the U.S, Mexico’s biggest trading partner, boosted confidence in the economic recovery.

U.S orders for goods meant to last several years rose 0.2 per cent in November, pointing to increases in spending and production that will help sustain the expansion into 2010. The number of Americans filing claims for unemployment benefits recently declined to the lowest level since September 2008.

“The positive U.S data points to an amelioration that will also help Mexico recuperate,’ Gerardo Roman head of trading at Mexico City based Active SA, said by telephone.

“This will help Mexican stocks and we’ll probably see the rise continuing”.

The Bolsa index climbed 0.3 per cent to 32,548.53 in Mexico city trading at 1.30pm New York time. The measure has gained 2.2 per cent recently and is headed for a 45 per cent increase this year. The Peso gained 0.1 per cent versus the dollar. Industries penotes SA, the world’s largest dedicated silver producer, rose 1.5 per cent after prices of the metal climbed to the highest in a week.

Grupo Lamosa SAB, the Mexican real estate and building materials company, climbed to the highest in a year. Grupokuo SAB, the Mexican maker of auto parts, plastics and canned food, climbed 3.8 per cent.

Mexico’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.26 per cent in November, from 594 per cent the prior month, the national statistics agency said. Economists had forecast it would drop to 5.7 per cent a Bloomberg survey showed.

Bolsa Mexicanade valores SAB’s profit forecast for next year is “on the conservative side”, with technical changes and pension fund investments providing boosts to income UBS AG said. Shares fell 0.5 per cent to 1579 poses.

Bolsa Mexicana, Latin America’s second largest exchange, said it expects net income of 600 million pesos C$46.6 million) in 2010. Penotes climbed to 294.41 pesos, Lamsoa increased 2.1 per cent to 12.1 pesos and Grupo Kwo advanced  to 10.9 pesos.

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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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