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How interests in Airtel, Nestle prop equities for weekly gain



Stock index up 1.6% on bargain hunting in large-cap stocks

Sentiment in the domestic equities market remained weak as investors took profits on large-cap stocks in manners that have perpetuated the stock market in the red territory over time.

However, significant interest in the shares of Airtel Africa Plc and Nestle Nigeria Plc at the late eleventh hour on Friday pulled out the equities market from sinking deeper as both securities gained by 10 per cent and 9.6 per cent respectively.

Specifically, Airtel Africa gained N29.80 to close at N328.70 per share while the shares of Nestlé appreciated by N105.50 to end the week at N1,200.

BusinessMetricsNG gathered from traders that a single transaction on Airtel by a foreign investor saved the day in no small measure as this lifted the market significantly.

The equity market eventually closed on a marginal gain of N1 billion as the n the last trading session of the week led the market to marginal gain for the week.

The NSE All-Share Index (ASI) and market capitalization both appreciated by 0.01 per cent to close the week at 24,829.02 basis points and N12.952 trillion respectively, thus, Month-to-Date (MtD) and Year-to-Date (YtD) losses printed -1.7 per cent and -7.5 per cent respectively.

Sectoral performance reflected the overall market sentiment, as all sector indices declined – Oil & Gas (-4.8 per cent), Industrial Goods (-2.0 per cent), Insurance (-1.6 per cent), Banking (-0.5 per cent) and Consumer Goods (-0.01 per cent).

In the final analysis, 18 equities appreciated in price during the week, higher than 14 in the previous week, meanwhile, 43 equities depreciated in price; lower than 47 in the previous week.

Commenting on the current state of the market, investment analysts at Investdata Consulting Limited noted that in any market situation there are opportunities, especially with the earnings season around the corner to change market momentum and action.

“You do not have to be smart to make money in the stock market because the way it moves is always changing.

“As such, what you need is to think differently and educate yourself, using home study packs and videos, especially mastering the earnings season for profitable trading and investing in any market situation or cycle. That means we do not equate an “up” market with a “good” market and vice–versa,” they said.

“In our opinion, risks remain on the horizon due to a combination of the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Nigeria and weak economic conditions.

“Thus, we continue to advise investors to trade cautiously and seek trading opportunities in only fundamentally justified stocks,” say experts at Cordros Capital.

Meanwhile, general performance at the marker is losing vibrancy as activities shrank visibly with recorded 29.62 per cent and 15.43 per cent in traded volume and value respectively.

Investors traded a total turnover of 739.375 million shares worth N8.563 billion in 17,248 deals during the week on the floor of the Exchange, in contrast to a total of 1.050 billion shares valued at N10.125 billion that exchanged hands in the previous week in 19,576 transactions.

In terms of volume, the financial services industry led the activity chart with 457.851 million shares valued at N3.773 billion traded in 8,062 deals; thus contributing 61.92 per cent and 44.06 per cent to the total equity turnover volume and value respectively.

The consumer goods industry followed with 66.668 million shares worth N2.015 billion in 3,486 deals while the third place was the oil and gas industry, with a turnover of 63.255 million shares worth N380.146 million in 963 deals.

Trading in the top three equities namely FBN Holdings Plc, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc and Zenith Bank Plc. accounted for 211.351 million shares worth N3.042 billion in 3,623 deals, contributing 28.59 per cent and 35.52 per cent to the total equity turnover volume and value respectively.

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