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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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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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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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