Corporate Earnings, Others Lift Stock Market by N350bn in August

Darasimi Adebisi
Despite the financial headwinds and relative low patronage by international buyers, the Nigerian equities market recorded improved efficiency in the month of August as buyers’ value appreciated by N350 billion.
Analysis of buying and selling information for August obtained on the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX), revealed that the market capitalisation rose from N20.084 trillion on the finish of July to N20.434 trillion in August.

Also, the NGX All-Share Index (ASI), which opened the month of August at 38,547.08 foundation factors, appreciated by 1.74 per cent to closed the month at 39,219.61 foundation factors on August 31, 2021.
Capital market operators attributed the improved efficiency of the market to the robust first half (H1), 2021 company earnings and bettering macro-economic indices proven in the second quarter (Q2) GDP quarter-on-quarter progress of 5.01 per cent.
The likes of Zenith Bank, Total Nigeria Plc, amongst others have launched half yr (H1) 2021 outcomes with interim dividend pay-out to shareholders.
The analysts added that the restoration in the nation’s financial place, providing an perception into what the long run holds for the inventory market and economic system in common.
Speaking on market efficiency for August, the Vice President of Highcap Securities, Mr. David Andori mentioned the inventory market regained misplaced floor and it replicated the restoration that began in the final quarter.
According to him, the marginal improve is an element of launched outcomes. He defined additional that the inventory market is anticipated to take care of the identical pattern in September contemplating the truth that the macro-economy circumstances are bettering with rising GDP and drop in inflation fee.
“The crude oil worth can be excessive and authorities visits the marketplace for extra bond issuance, “he mentioned.
On his half, the Managing Director, Enterprises Stockbroker Limited, Mr Rotimi Fakayejo, attributed the inventory market marginal progress to improved outcomes by listed firms.
However, he careworn that the efficiency of inventory market in August was not encouraging regardless of the market closing constructive, “But it a sign that the times forward shall be good and that could be a constructive growth.
“We witnessed decrease quantity of transactions in August and July. The quantity of transactions on NGX not encouraging as a result of the day by day common is trending in direction of one billion shares and 1.5 billion shares, not like earlier than it was two billion shares.”
Also talking, the previous President of Association of Securities Houses of Nigeria (ASHON), Mr. Emeka Madubuike mentioned: “The inventory market has been very unstable in August, contemplating the costs of listed inventory on NGX dropping considerably.
“There isn’t any particular issue contributing to the marginal improve in inventory market efficiency. The stage of uncertainty in the inventory market is simply too excessive and I’m stunned the market closed constructive in August. The economic system scenario doesn’t justify the rise in market efficiency final month regardless of progress in GDP.”
For This autumn 2021, he mentioned: “I can not actually predict how the inventory market shall be in final quarter of 2021 as a consequence of coverage summersault.It is so robust however I believe the market shall be flat this yr. The reality is that authorities after authorities has not believed in the inventory market. So, you don’t anticipate any coverage focused at reviving the inventory market this yr.
“The international change is important element that decided how the inventory market behave and international buyers participation may be discouraged if scenario on floor not pleasant.”
Meanwhile, Cowry Asset Management Limited in its report titled, “Review, Outlook and Investment Strategies for H2 2021,” mentioned: “Nevertheless, in opposition to the anticipated progress in actual output, expectations of elevated company income and an anticipated moderation in mounted earnings yields, we anticipate the equities market climb northwards in H2 2021.
“Therefore, we anticipate buyers to discount hunt for undervalued shares; notably of these firms prone to sustained, and presumably improve, interim and/or closing money dividend funds.
“This shall be extra applicable for buyers searching for passive earnings on a long-term foundation whereas having sufficient money available for strategic investing. Active buyers/ speculators ought to focus extra on progress and excessive beta shares whereas additionally seeking to by the dip whereas having sufficient speculative money available for tactical manoeuvres. Again, buyers must be cautious of these components that might create financial headwinds and alter their portfolios appropriately.”
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