Analysis of transactions at the stock market for the month ended May 2018 reveals an increase in the total transaction by a significant 50 percent. From N212.2 billion recorded in April to N318.3 billion in May 20181. Foreign transactions also increased by 57 percent to N193 billion and accounted for 61 percent of total transactions at the bourse. Similarly, domestic investment increased by 40 percent to N125 billion with a 49 percent share of total transactions. With a growing foreign investors’ participation, foreign portfolio investment outperformed domestic investment by 21.3 percent, and for the second consecutive month
Macroeconomic Report & Economic Updates
In the second quarter of 2016, the Nigerian economy witnessed its first recession in twenty years due to the interplay of several external and internal factors. The recession has continued until date and has given rise to relentless unemployment rate and job losses, double digit and soaring inflation, currency depreciation and widening gap between parallel market and official exchange rates, amongst other adverse effect on individuals and firms in the country. Thus, there is a need to take a deeper look into the nature of the present recession as well as the impact of monetary and fiscal policy responses thus far, in order to shed light on the way forward towards tackling the recession and ensuring sustainable economic growth. This paper analyses the ongoing recession in the Nigerian economy to provide insights into the interplay of events and recommendations for policy.
The NSE market indices recorded a bear market rally for the third consecutive week in September. Specifically, All-share index and Market Capitalization increased marginally by 0.31 percent to close at 28,335.40 points and N9.73 trillion respectively on September 30, 2016. Major drivers of the rally include; increased trade-volume of financial, agricultural and consumer-goods securities. The continued rise in market indices may be connected to a sustained investor confidence in the agricultural and financial sectors on the account of the ongoing activities of the government and the CBN to stabilize the sectors.