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Daily Business News Brief  Monday October 18th, 2021.


Investors gain N329bn as stock market rises for fifth week – Punch

Stock investors in the Nigerian Exchange Limited gained N328.98bn as the equities rallied for the fifth consecutive week. The NGX All-Share Index appreciated by 1.39 per cent to close at 41,438.15 basis points last week from 40,868.36bps the previous week, while the market capitalisation grew by 1.54 per cent to N21.63tn from N21.30tn.  All other indices on the NGX finished higher with the exception of NGX ASeM Index, which closed flat.  A total of 2.84 billion shares worth N31.65bn in 23,355 deals was traded last week by investors on the floor of the NGX, in contrast to a total of 2.18 billion shares valued at N21.96bn that exchanged hands in 22,438 deals the previous week.  Measuring investor activity by trading volume, the financial services industry led the activity chart with 2.43 billion shares valued at N26.44bn traded in 13,884 deals, thus contributing 85.56 per cent and 83.54 per cent to the total equity turnover volume and value respectively…………………..read more

NGX Group lists 1.96 billion shares on exchange – Punch

Nigerian Exchange Group Plc has listed its entire issued and fully paid 1,964,115,918 ordinary shares of 50 kobo each at N16.15 per share. The Nigerian Exchange Limited said in its market bulletin on Friday that the shares were listed by introduction on its main board following the approval of the application to list the shares.  The Chief Executive of NGX Group, Mr Oscar Onyema, said during the digital closing gong ceremony on Friday that the listing had opened up new opportunities for the firm.  He said, “The demutualisation of the Nigerian Stock Exchange created the opportunity to restructure and reposition the organisation to achieve our expanded vision to be the preferred and premier exchange hub for Nigerian businesses and the wider African economy………………..read more

750,000MT supply gap, forex shoot cooking gas above N8,000  – Punch

The price of 12.5kg of Liquefied Petroleum Gas, popularly called cooking gas, which was sold for N7,000 about a week ago, has increased to between N8,000 and N8,200, amidst various concerns by marketers and producers of the commodity.  Of the 1.2 million metric tonnes of the product required by Nigeria, the Nigerian LNG Limited supplies about 450,000MT. This leaves a gap of 750,000MT to be filled by imports.  The Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency had said in September that out of the 85,264.80MT of LPG consumed in the country in August, 38,040.46MT were imported.  This means that 55.39 per cent of the LPG consumed in the country in August was imported, while 44.61 per cent was supplied locally……………………..read more

Currency in circulation rises to N2.84tn, says CBN- Thisday

The currency in circulation rose by N58.36bn to N2.84tn in September from N2.79tn in August, the latest figures obtained from the Central Bank of Nigeria showed on Sunday.  The currency in circulation rose to N2.81tn in July from N2.74tn at the end of June. It fell to N2.79tn in May from about N2.80tn at the end of April.  According to the CBN, the broad money supply rose to 5.83 per cent in August from 2.91 per cent in July.  It said this was largely driven by the growth of net foreign assets and net domestic assets by 12.35 and 4.30 per cent respectively in August 2021, compared to 1.84 and 3.17 per cent in July. The apex bank said the growth in net foreign assets was largely driven by an increase in foreign asset holdings of commercial and merchant banks……………………..read more

Firm highlights rating agencies’ roles in capital market- Thisday

The Managing Director, DataPro Limited, Mr Abimbola Adeseyoju, has highlighted the role of rating agencies in the Nigerian capital market.  A statement said Adeseyoju spoke during a webinar organised by DataPro Limited in conjunction with the Association of Issuing Houses of Nigeria, which was attended by over 100 participants.  The webinar, tagged ‘Post-COVID-19 economic recovery: Credit rating imperatives for issuers and investors’, had in attendance various operators of the Nigerian capital market and stakeholders of the economy.  “The attention of the rating agency has been drawn to the communication asymmetry existing in the public both educated and uneducated about the role of the rating agencies with people mistaking them for the credit bureau whose credit assessment was focused on individuals as against corporate and government,” he said………………..read more

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