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Gains in OANDO, TOTAL bolsters bullish sentiments in Nigerian stocks

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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 +82.38points. The All-Share Index increased by +0.21% closing at 38,667.90 from 38,585.52 index points.

The oil sector dominated with Total and Oando emerging for the second time this week as the top performers, while UPL took the biggest loss for today’s trading session.

  • The stock exchange market value currently stands at N20.2 trillion. Its Year-to-Date (YTD) returns currently stands at –3.98%.
  • The market breadth closed positive as UNIVINSURE led 30 Gainers, and 11 Losers topped by UPL at the end of today’s session.
  • The stock market has declined -1,602.82 basepoints since the start of the year.

NGX ASI top gainers

  1. UNIVINSURE up +10.00% to close at N0.22
  2. OANDO up +9.97% to close at N3.97
  3. TOTAL up +9.96% to close at N203.20
  4. CUTIX up +9.82% to close at N4.81
  5. GUINNESS up +9.14% to close at N31.65

NGX ASI top losers

  1. UPL down -9.03% to close at N1.41
  2. CHAMPION down -8.89% to close at N2.05
  3. REDSTAREX down -3.03% to close at N3.20
  4. INTBREW down -2.80% to close at N5.20
  5. NAHCO down -2.65% to close at N2.20

Outlook

  • Market sentiments trend towards the bulls as 30 gainers outweigh 11 losers.
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Cardano partners with Fortune 250 company, Dish Network

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Cardano has announced that it is partnering with a Fortune 250 company, Dish Network, a TV and wireless service provider. The announcement was made by Chris Ergen, the head of Innovation at Dish. 

Chris Ergen made this announcement at the 2021 Cardano Summit with Charles Hoskinson, the CEO of Input-Output present. Chris stated, “I am excited to announce that Dish and input-output are entering into a strategic collaboration to build blockchain services and to make blockchain a core part of our network and consumer strategy.” 

Hoskinson stated that the partnership will help integrate Dish’s telecom business into the Cardano blockchain so as to help provide digital identity services to Dish customers. He further stated, “Ultimately, the collaboration is going to be both innovative, safe and suitable for the customers and regulators of this industry.” 

The partnership aims at bringing the telecoms industry to the blockchain space. It’s the first collaboration of its kind, unlocking significant value for Dish’s customers while growing adoption for Cardano. 

Recall that Cardano just recently launched an Alonzo hard fork mainnet upgrade. The upgrade brought to the Cardano network the capability to launch smart contracts, ushering in a new era for the blockchain which puts it in direct competition with the likes of Ethereum and Solana. 

Since the launch of Smart Contracts, over 200 smart contracts have been listed on the Cardano blockchain explorer.  

Charles concluded the announcement stating, “this is the kind of deal I can imagine in a decade horizon, will involve hundreds of millions of people if not billions of people. I am deeply passionate about it because to do the things we like to do as a company, which is to bank the unbanked and connect the unconnected, makes this is a tremendous challenge.” 

Cardano’s native token is down 6.22% for the day as it currently trades $2.20 as of the time of this writing. 

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World’s biggest independent oil trader says prices will rise above $80 due to gas crisis

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The world’s largest independent oil trader, Vitol Group, has said that it expects crude oil price to climb above $80 per barrel in the next couple of weeks.

This follows the expectation that the global crude oil demand will rise by an extra half a million barrels per day by winter due to global gas crisis which has led to rise in gas prices and driving a rush for other alternative sources of fuel.

This was made known by the Chief Executive Officer of Vitol, Russel Hardy, during an interview in London on Thursday, where he said that oil is most likely headed above $80 a barrel, partly as higher gas prices boost demand.

What the Vitol Chief Executive Officer is saying

Hardy said that this could force OPEC+ producers to add more supply into the market.

He said, “Can demand surprise us to the upside because of power switching? Yes,” Hardy said. “Is it likely that there’s half a million barrels a day of extra demand that comes through because of gas pricing? Probably our view is, that is likely across winter.

“All people are worried about is that we’re missing pieces of stock which we normally have,” he said. “During the winter, demand for gas is massively higher than demand for gas during the summer. You have to store, there’s no two ways around it.”

Hardy’s bullish sentiments echoes that of the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mele Kyari, who predicted higher oil prices in the next 3 months and Goldman Sachs Group Inc., which is predicting higher crude oil prices, especially if the winter months are colder than normal.

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Recall that yesterday, the NNPC said that the supply crisis which has negatively affected the global natural gas market and has led to rising prices, could push up oil prices by as much as $10 a barrel, which is about $86 per barrel over the next 3 to 6 months.

The NNPC boss pointed out that the global gas crisis which has led to an increase in gas prices will make energy consumers seek fuel alternatives to natural gas in the nearest future which might see demand for oil rising by as much as 1 million barrels per day with attendant effect on crude oil prices

Traders have been assessing the likely impact of a tightening natural gas market on the broader energy complex over the coming winter.

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UBA publishes names, BVN and account numbers of forex defaulters

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The United Bank of Africa has published the names, Bank Verification Numbers (BVN) and account numbers of some customers alleged to have violated the forex policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

This development is coming after the CBN directed banks to expose customers who engage in fraudulent and unscrupulous tactics to obtain foreign exchange from banks.

The UBA disclosed this in a publication on its website titled, ‘CBN FX defaulters’ on Friday.

What UBA said in its statement

The bank stated, “In compliance with the directive of Central Bank of Nigeria mandating banks to publish the names of defaulters of the forex exchange regulation.

“Based on regulatory directives, the following customers cancelled their trip and failed to return the PTA availed to them despite several mails, text messages and follow up phone calls.”

The bank also included the name of a customer who it said, “presented fake visa to apply for PTA.”

 

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