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Experts highlight market data as critical to navigating shocks in the Capital Market

Equities market recorded negative performance in the first quarter of the year, with the ASI posting a quarterly return of -20.65% in Q1’2020.

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Globally, there is an increasing reliance on market data as a fundamental tool for making sound financial decisions and the Nigerian case is no different.

This was highlighted at The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE or The Exchange) 5th Market Data Workshop 2020 hosted in collaboration with InfoWARE Limited.

The event, which held virtually on Friday, 13 November 2020, was themed, “Handling Shocks in the Capital Market: A Quantitative Risk Management Approach Using Market Data.”

Speaking at the event, the Chief Executive Officer, NSE, Mr. Oscar N. Onyema, said, “In Nigeria, the equities market recorded negative performance in the first quarter of the year, with the NSE All Share Index (“ASI”) posting a quarterly return of -20.65 percent in Q1’2020.

However, the market saw an upswing since April 2020, and has so far gained +31.67% as at 12 November. This feat – particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic – can be attributed to smart investors bargain hunting and the release of positive year-end financial results of several listed companies, coupled with improved dividend declarations.

It demonstrates the opportunities that abound in the market for discerning investors, even in a time of crisis, and underscores the importance of quality market data for investment decision-making.”

The first panel session of the event featured Felix Egbon, Group Head, Risk Management, Zenith Bank Plc; Tapa Das, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), NG Clearing Limited; Oladipupo Oyefuga, Head, Risk, Stanbic IBTC Bank; and Dr. Olaoluwa Simon Yaya, Sub Dean, Faculty of Science, University of Ibadan.

This panel session, which was moderated by Olufemi Balogun, Head, Market Services, NSE, highlighted the importance of building financial or investment models that can be tested with real-life situations. Panellists agreed that the unprecedented happenings of 2020 have proven that reliable real-time and historical data that can easily be understood is critical to building these models.

In addressing the topic, Adopting a Data Driven Culture: The Key to Innovation, the second panel session addressed changes in business operations occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic and how the timeliness, accuracy and availability of data has been critical in shaping how they interact with stakeholders.

The panel session featured Uwa Agbonile, CEO and Chief Software Architect, Infoware Limited; Lilian Olubi, CEO, EFG-Hermes; Saheed Bashir, CEO, Meristem Stockbrokers Limited; Carl Larry, Principal Consultant, Oil Outlooks and Opinions LLC; and was moderated by Dr. Ogho Okiti, Managing Director, BusinessDay Media Limited.

During the workshop, Ms. Anita Gopaldas, Market Data Officer, Market Services, NSE, gave a presentation which highlighted The Exchange’s wide range of reliable, accurate and timely market information services and data solutions across all asset classes and data products to market participants locally and internationally.

Some of these provisions include the NSE API which ensures the dissemination of real-time data to stakeholders; FIX Order Management System which allows trade information to be transmitted from anywhere to The Exchange; and the recently upgraded X-DataPortal, which serves as a consolidated, streamlined platform for market participants to access quality and timely data at an affordable rate.

Other presentations at the workshop were delivered by Olufemi Balogun, Head, Market Services, NSE; Uwa Agbonile, CEO, Infoware Limited; and Benedict Whittam Smith, CEO, Deontic Data.

From their presentations, it was made clear that quality, accessible data is critical not only to dealing with the problems of today, but in mitigating the crises of the future.

Other sponsors of the 2020 NSE Market Data Workshop were Zenith Bank, EFG-Hermes, WCM Capital, Apel Asset Limited, Investor Hangout, Cordros Capital, CSL Stockbrokers, NG Clearing Limited and Meristem.

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Nigerian stocks slightly bullish as ETERNA and UPL soar

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The stock exchange market made a bullish trend at the end of today’s trading session posting gains that increased the index by +5.47 points. The All-Share Index increased by +0.01% closing at 37,952.65 from 37,947.18 index points.

• The stock exchange market value currently stands at N19.78 trillion. Its Year-to-Date (YTD) returns currently stand at -5.76%.
• The market breadth closed positive as ETERNA led 22 Gainers, and 10 Losers topped by FTNCOCOA at the end of today’s session.
• The stock market has declined -2,318.07 basepoints since the start of the year.

NGX ASI top gainers

1. ETERNA up +10.00% to close at N7.13
2. UPL up +9.93% to close at N1.55
3. CUTIX up +9.92to close at N3.99
4. REGALINS up +8.89% to close at N0.49
5. LEARNAFRCA up +8.76% to close at N1.49

NGX ASI top losers

1. FTNCOCOA down -7.32% to close at N0.38
2. SOVRENINS down -6.06% to close at N0.31
3. ETI down -3.77% to close at N5.10
4. STERLNBANK down -3.21% to close at N1.51
5. UBN down -2.68% to close at N5.45

Outlook
• Market sentiments trend towards the bulls as 22 gainers outweighed 10 losers.

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US stock market dips amid rise in Moderna, BioNTech

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As inflation fears overshadowed solid retail sales statistics and better-than-expected earnings reports, US markets dipped on Friday, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average into the red for the week.

After Treasury Secretary, Janet Yellen issued an inflation warning, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell. Meanwhile, Virgin Galactic (SPCE) fell once again, putting it on course for a huge weekly loss. AMC Entertainment (AMC), a meme stock, is also down this week.

Moderna (MRNA) soared on news of its inclusion in the S&P 500, while BioNTech (BNTX) remained on the rise.

Inflation fears kept the market back all week, but the S&P 500 and the Dow did briefly reach fresh all-time highs. The consumer price index rose 5.4 % in June from a year ago, the quickest rate in nearly 13 years, according to data released on Tuesday.

Quick market analysis  

Among the main indices, the Nasdaq fared the best, although it still declined approximately 0.6 %. Cintas (CTAS) was the best performer, gaining more than 4%, while Trip.com (TCOM) was the worst performer, losing just over 4%.

The S&P 500 lost 0.6%, closely matching the Nasdaq. Teleflex (TFX) was a standout performer, rising more than 3%. However, the stock dropped over 10% on Thursday. Norwegian Cruise Line (NCLH) was the worst performer in the S&P 500, falling nearly 5%.

Sectors in the S&P 500 were mixed, with utilities and real estate leading the way. The worst were energy and materials. The Russell 2000 index was down roughly 0.6%, indicating that small caps were sliding again.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell by about 8%, Amgen (AMGN) and Procter & Gamble (PG) were the best-performing stocks, with Amgen up 0.7% and Procter & Gamble up 1.1%.

The stock of Virgin Galactic continued to fall, this time by roughly 5%. It has been falling all week as a result of reports of a large share offering, and is on track to suffer a weekly loss of about 40%. SPCE stock began to fall sharply after the company said in a regulatory filing that it wants to sell up to $500 million in stock.
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Nigeria’s stock market soars amid plunge in CWG and IKEJAHOTEL

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Nigeria’s stock exchange market ended today’s trading session bullish, posting a profit at the end of the trading session. The All-Share Index increased by +0.18% to close at 38,482.52.

• The Nigerian Stock Exchange market value currently stands at N20.3Trillion. Its Year-to-Date (YTD) returns currently stands at -4.44%.
• The market breadth closed positive today as UPL led 15 Gainers, and 20 Losers were topped by CWG at the end of the session showing a consolidation as movement is not certain.

Top gainers

1. UPL up +9.38% to close at N1.40
2. REGALINS up +8.16% to close at N0.53
3. VERITASKAP up +5.00% to close at N0.21
4. CHIPLC up +4.17% to close at N0.75
5. ROYALEX up +3.90% to close at N0.80

Top losers

1. CWG down -9.66% to close at N1.87
2. IKEJAHOTEL down -9.09% to close at N1.00
3. NASCON down -8.78% to close at N13.50
4. JOHNHOLT down -8.62% to close at N0.53
5. LINKASSURE down -8.33% to close at N0.55

Outlook

• Market sentiments trend towards the bulls as 15 gainers outweighed 20 losers.

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