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Global Stocks rise higher, on positive Chinese manufacturing report

China’s factory activity expanded at the fastest rate in nearly ten years in the month of August.

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Asian stocks rallied higher on Tuesday after impressive data reports from China’s manufacturing sector.

European shares also printed a positive result with the pan-European Euro Stoxx 50 futures up 0.74% in early trade. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.3%, to regain some ground lost on Monday.

The Hang Seng Index in Hong Kong traded 0.3% higher while the Shanghai Composite also recovered early losses to stand 0.1% higher. Japan’s Nikkei 225 erased early losses to trade flat.

The Caixin/Markit Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index(PMI) revealed China’s factory activity expanded at the fastest rate in nearly ten years in the month of August, triggered by the first increase in new export orders this year.

Futures on the S&P 500 Index gained 0.5% as of 10:48 a.m. London time.

The Stoxx Europe 600 Index climbed 0.2%. The MSCI Asia Pacific Index increased by 0.3%. The MSCI Emerging Market Index gained 0.9%.

Stephen Innes, Chief Global Market Strategist at AxiCorp in a note to Nairametrics spoke about the prevailing macros affect the global equities market He said ;

“Stocks have had a choppy session in Asia, with investors being tossed around between coronavirus resurgence, central bank stimulus, and the convincing economic rebound in China.

“European markets look set for a higher opening after yesterday’s sell-off into month-end.

“The 1% selloff into month-end camouflaged a relatively concrete performance in EU stocks, given its value bias and lack of retail involvement, and as the month-end was exacerbated by reweighting flows.

“The move higher in FAANGs and semiconductors remains relentless and brutal to rationalize given the less encouraging news flow. Sentiment remains extremely bullish, and I am repeatedly told there are no alternatives, ‘semis are the only game in town,’ and valuations do not matter.”

The focus for most investors now moves to the September Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) decision.

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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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Custodian Investment declares final dividend of N2.65 billion to shareholders

Custodian Investment Plc has announced the payment of a final dividend of 45 kobo for every share of 50 kobo held by shareholders.

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The Board of Directors of Custodian Investment Plc has announced the payment of a final dividend of 45 kobo for every share of 50 kobo held by shareholders, making a total of N2.65 billion to be paid to shareholders for the year ended 2020.

This is according to a disclosure signed by the company’s secretary, Adeyinka Jafojo, which was sent to the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

According to the notification, the accrued final dividend will be disbursed electronically to qualified shareholders on the 22nd of April, 2021, subject to appropriate withholding tax and approval from the Annual General Meeting scheduled the same day.

It is also worth noting that the company had paid an interim dividend of 10kobo for the half-year period of 2020.

What you should know

The qualifying conditions for payment on the aforementioned date are;

  • Only shareholders, whose names appear in the register of members as at close of business on 9th of April, 2021 will be considered for payment.
  • Shareholders must have completed the E-Dividend registration.
  • Shareholders must have mandated the Registrar (Meristem Registrars and Probate Service Limited) to pay their dividends directly into their bank accounts.
  • Custodian Investment Plc has total shares outstanding of 5,881,864,195 and currently trading at N6.
  • A total dividend of 55 kobo has been thus declared for FY 2020 (45 kobo+10 kobo interim).

In lieu of this, the register of members will be closed from 12th-16th of April 2021 (both dates inclusive).

Drivers

Custodian Investment Plc had recently posted an impressive financial performance, evident by a surge in key financial metrics for the year ended 2020. For example, it recorded the following;

  • Profit after tax of N12.69 billion for the year (+111% YoY).
  • Profit Before Tax of N13.69 billion. (+69.6% YoY)
  • Earnings per share N194 vs N97. (+111.04% YoY)
  • Retained Earnings of N25.38 billion (+9.7% YoY).
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NB Plc to pay N5.52 billion dividend, says shareholders can receive new shares

The board of Nigerian Breweries Plc has proposed N5.52 billion as dividend to shareholders for 2020.

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Nigerian Breweries Plc is set to reward shareholders of the company with N5.52 billion as dividend for the period ended 31st December 2020.

This is in line with the Board’s recommendation as the dividend is subject to the deduction of the appropriate withholding tax, and approval by shareholders of the company at the Annual General Meeting slated for 22nd of April 2021.

According to the notification issued by the Company Secretary, Uaboi G. Agbebaku, at the close of trading activities, the dividend declared by Nigerian Breweries on a per-share basis was pegged at 69 kobo per share. This puts the total dividend to be paid to shareholders at N5,517,862,415.19.

Shareholders can opt to receive new shares of the company

The Board of the Company however provided shareholders with the option to receive new shares of Nigerian Breweries, as Qualifying Shareholders have the right of election to receive new ordinary shares in the company instead of the final dividend in cash. This election is required to be made on or before the 10th of April, 2021.

In view of this, the Reference Share Price for the purpose of determining the number of shares due to Qualifying Shareholders who elect for the share option will be a ten-day trading average of the Company’s share price on the floor of The Nigerian Stock Exchange, starting on the 11th of March, 2021.

What you should know

  • It is important to note that the dividend declared is subject to appropriate withholding tax and the approval of shareholders at the Brewer’s next Annual General Meeting.
  • Qualifying Shareholders: The dividend will be paid to shareholders whose names appear in the Register of Members as at the close of business on the 10th of March, 2021.
  • Payment Date: On the 23rd of April, 2021, the dividends will be paid electronically to Qualifying Shareholders
  • To qualify for the dividend payment: Shareholders who are yet to complete the e-dividend registration are advised to download the Registrar’s E-Dividend mandate Activation Form, which is available at, complete same and submit to the Registrar of their respective Banks.
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