The Nigerian Stock Exchange All Share Index and market capitalisation declined by 4.28% to close the week at 26,216.46 and N13.658 trillion respectively4. This rise was primarily driven by the Financial Services industry, particularly Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, United Bank for Africa Plc, and Zenith Bank Plc, which comprised 82% of the total trade volume valued at N17.2 billion. Despite this, the top six price gainers were mostly non-financial services firms including May & Baker Nigeria, Ekocorp, Neimeth International Pharmaceuticals, BUA Cement, and Ardova Plc. As the equities prices continue to drop, the dividend yields will remain attractive not only to local investors but also to global portfolio managers which will drive improvements in market activities.
March 23, 2020
Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 9)
Naira appreciated in the week under review. At the parallel market, naira gained 0.54 percent to exchange at N368/$ on June 23, 20175. This is at the backdrop of injections into the forex market by the CBN to the tune of $195 million at the beginning of the review week, to meet various forex demands. This is amid a slight week-on-week increase in the external reserves (by 0.1 percent to $30.23 billion). Despite the recent naira appreciation, the long-term prospects seem bleak given that the ongoing intervention that seeks to stabilize naira by depleting reserves is unsustainable.