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Oil Price Crucial To Nigeria’s Stock Market Growth – ASHON

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The Association of Stockbroking Houses of Nigeria (ASHON) has said that developments in the global crude oil market remain a critical factor for the nation’s stock market stability in 2015.
ASHON President, Mr. Emeka Madubuike  told newsmen in Lagos on Monday  that the stock market would experience increased activity with stability in the international crude oil price.
Madubuike said that “the market will firm up once the price of crude oil firms up at the international market.”
He said that the postponement of the 2015 general elections and insecurity challenges were local factors that would be overcome.
Madubuike said that foreign investors, the major investors in the Nigerian capital market, were using the price of crude oil as a bench mark for their re-entry.
According to him, foreign investors who exited the market would come back with stability in the crude oil market.
Madubuike, however, urged retail and institutional investors to take advantage of the low price of equities and increase their stake in the market.
“We are in a buyers market and local investors should take a position now that prices of equities are low,” he said.
Meanwhile, a turnover of 2.03 billion shares worth N20.63 billion traded in 23,436 deals last week compared with 2.21 billion shares valued N28.96 billion transacted in 19,495 deals in the preceding week.
The Financial Services Industry led the activity chart with 1.52 billion shares worth N11.23 billion traded in 14,695 deals.
The Consumer Goods sector followed with a turnover of 210.18 million shares valued N5.12 billion achieved in 3,950 deals.
The third place was occupied by the Oil & Gas Industry with 122.81 million shares worth N2.29 billion exchanged in 1,259 deals.
The All-Share index last week increased by 423.01 basis points or 1.43 per cent, to close at 29,985.08, against the 29,562.07 achieved in the corresponding week due to price growth.
The market capitalisation rose by N158 billion to close at N10.005 trillion, compared with N9.847 trillion posted in the previous week.
R.T. Briscoe led the gainers’ table for the week in percentage terms, appreciating by 34.43 per cent or 21k to close at 82k per share.
Dangote Flour Mills followed with a gain of 33.33 per cent or N1, to close at N4, while UAC Property Development went up by 30.78 per cent or N2.81, to close at N11.94 per share.
On the contrary, Conoil recorded the highest loss for the week in percentage terms, shedding 9.97 per cent or N3.61 to close at N32.60 per share.
Vitafoam fell by 9.47 per cent or 34k to close at N3.25, while Vono Products declined by 8.55 per cent or 10k to close at N1.07 per share.

Abuja-Kaduna light rail during inspection by the Chairman, Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P), Retired Gen. Martin Lurther-Agwai, in Abuja, recently.

Abuja-Kaduna light rail during inspection by the Chairman, Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P), Retired Gen. Martin Lurther-Agwai, in Abuja, recently.

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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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