The market index which closed the year at 20,518.74 points on Tuesday before the drop at mid-week.
At the close of business on Wednesday, market capitalisation dropped by N64 billion or 1.2 per cent, from N5.394 trillion recorded on Tuesday to N5.330 trillion while the index fell by 266.36 points or 1.2 per cent, from 20,518.74 recorded on Tuesday to 22,252.38.
However, the market’s turnover volume soared significantly on Wednesday, buoyed by heavy trading in the shares of some banks and insurance companies as 666.6 million shares with N3.4 billion changed hands in 7,426 deals, higher than 406.2 million units, value it at N2.1 billion exchanged in 6,743 deals in the previous day.
The banking sub-sector maintained its status as the most active stock with 372.1 million shares, worth N2.2 million in 3,575 deals while the insurance sub-sector followed with 117.2 million units worth N97.2 million in 464 deals.
Food / Beverage and Tobacco sub-sector featured with 33.3 million shares worth N342.9 million in 1,015 deals.
A breakdown of activities in the banking sub-sector showed that Finbank Plc strengthened activities in the sub-sector with 171.1 million shares worth N109.5 million in 297 deals followed by Zenith Bank Plc which traded 52.6 million units, worth N840.8 million in 3,575 deals.
For the insurance sub-sector, trading in the sub-sector was energised by activities in the shares of GoldLink Insurance Plc with 73.9 million shares worth N56.2 million in 69 deals while International Energy Insurance Plc followed with 17.9 million shares, worth N11.6 million in 46 deals.
The Food / Beverage and Tobacco sub-sector was boosted by activities in the shares of National Salt Company of Nigeria Plc with 10.8 million shares worth N65.8 million in 211 deals.
On the price movement chart, 50 stocks recorded share price appreciation while 30 constituted the gainers chart, thus causing price losers to outweigh gainers.
The day’s highest price losers were Nestle Nigeria Plc with 914 kobo to close at N254.90 per share. Flourmill Plc followed, shedding 214 kobo to close at N40.85 per share. Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, First Bank Plc, Dangote Flour Mill Plc lost 83 kobo, 79 kobo and 63 kobo to close at N16.07, N15.14 and N13.20 per share.
Ashaka Cement Plc, Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc, Diamond Bank Plc, National Salt Company of Nigeria Plc, Cement Company of Northern Nigeria Plc and Constain West African Plc dropped 60 kobo, 42 kobo, 37 kobo, 30 kobo, 23 kobo, and 22 kobo to close at N12.70, N8.08, N7.50, N5.77, N13.91 and N4.28 per share.
On the other hand, Benue Cement Company of Nigeria Plc topped the gainers chart with 121 kobo to close at N48.11 per share. Nigerian Bottling Company Plc followed, adding 118 kobo, to close at N24.82 per share.
African Petroleum Plc, Cadbury Nigeria Plc, Academy Press Plc, Eternal Oil Plc, West African Portland Company Plc, Unilever Nigeria Plc and UACN Plc also added 95 kobo, 58 kobo, 31 kobo, 28 kobo, 26 kobo, 15 kobo, and 12 kobo to close at N37.10, N12.31, N6.55, N6.60, N30.26, N23.15 and N38.42 per share.
NSE Begins Week On Negative Note, Loses N19.49bn
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.
… Introduces TIES To Boost Business Loan
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.
CITN Applauds FG, Tax Authorities On Fiscal Policy Decisions
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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