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Investors Gain N370.75bn WoW as NSEASI Inches Up by 1.83% to Close the Week Positive
Equities market closed today on a positive note, as NSEASI appreciated by +0.08% to close at 39,522.34 basis points as against +0.11% appreciation recorded previously. Its Year-to-Date (YTD) returns currently stands at -1.83%.
Market breadth closed positive as FTNCOCOA led 20 Gainers as against 15 Losers topped by CUTIX at the end of today’s session an improved performance when compared with previous outlook.
Market turnover closes negative as volume moved down by -66.88% as against +214.30% uptick recorded in the previous session. FLOURMILL, HONYFLOUR and STERLNBANK were the most active to boost market turnover. FLOURMILL and TOTAL topped market value list.
TOTAL leads the list of active stocks that recorded impressive volume spike at the end of today’s session.
Fixed Income Markets Close The Week On A Whimper Ahead Of Inflation And Supply Expectations
FGN Bonds
The FGN Bonds market screeched to a halt in the last trading session of the week, as the recent demand seen in the market dried had up ahead of the inflation report and monthly bond auction both scheduled for next week. Yields at the long-end of the curve closed higher as we saw more supply of the 2036s and 2050s papers which changed hands at 12.60% and 12.90% levels respectively as both papers will be re-issued at the coming bond auction. Ironically, the supply on the 2049s paper remained scantly, with bids firmly placed at 12.70% but with not offers to match.

Consequently, yields closed the week down by a single basis point on the average across the benchmark bond curve.

We expect a cautious open to trading in the coming week, as market participants look towards the inflation figures for July 2021 due on Monday. The monthly FGN Bond auction for August is also scheduled for midweek and with market levels significantly lower than the last bond auction rates we expect yields to weaken as market expectations are priced in ahead of the auction.
Benchmark FGN Bonds
Description Bid (%) Offer (%) Day Change (%)
12.75 27-Apr-23 10.70 10.05 0.00
14.20 14-Mar-24 11.30 10.50 0.00
13.53 23-Mar-25 11.50 11.00 0.00
12.50 22-Jan-26 11.60 11.00 0.00
16.29 17-Mar-27 12.10 11.70 0.00
13.98 23-Feb-28 12.10 11.70 0.00
14.55 26-Apr-29 12.15 11.75 0.00
12.15 18-Jul-34 12.80 12.50 0.00
12.50 27-Mar-35 12.80 12.50 0.00
12.40 18-Mar-36 12.85 12.55 0.00
16.2499 18-Apr-37 12.80 12.45 0.00
9.80 24-Jul-45 12.75 12.45 0.00
14.80 26-Apr-49 12.70 12.45 (0.15)
12.98 27-Mar-50 13.05 12.80 0.00

Treasury Bills
The treasury bills market closed the week with residual demand present from the week’s bi-weekly primary auction. The 1-year paper (11 Aug 2022) traded 10bps lower, with bids firmly put at 6.70% levels but supply seemingly dried up. Demand was also seen on the 28 July 2022 paper on the day, but with offers stuck 15bps lower at 6.55% levels trades were scarce on the paper.

We expect trading activities to remain tepid at the opening next week as tight system liquidity hampers position-taking by local banks.

Benchmark OMO Bills
Description Bid (%) Offer (%) Day Change (%)
NGOMOB 0 09/07/21 12.00 2.50 0.00
NGOMOB 0 10/19/21 12.00 3.75 0.00
NGOMOB 0 11/02/21 14.00 4.75 0.00
NGOMOB 0 12/07/21 14.00 5.75 0.00
NGOMOB 0 01/11/22 14.00 6.75 0.00
NGOMOB 0 02/01/22 14.00 6.75 0.00
NGOMOB 0 03/01/22 14.00 7.25 0.00
Benchmark NT-Bills
Description Bid (%) Offer (%) Day Change (%)
NIGTB 0 08/26/21 12.00 2.50 0.00
NIGTB 0 09/09/21 12.00 2.50 0.00
NIGTB 0 10/14/21 12.00 3.75 0.00
NIGTB 0 11/11/21 12.00 3.75 0.00
NIGTB 0 01/13/22 14.00 5.75 0.00
NIGTB 0 02/10/22 14.00 6.75 0.00
NIGTB 0 03/10/22 14.00 7.75 0.00
NIGTB 0 04/28/22 14.00 7.75 0.00
NIGTB 0 05/12/22 14.00 7.75 0.00
NIGTB 0 06/09/22 14.00 7.75 0.00

Money Markets
Money market rates remained at double-digit levels closing the week by +2bps on average from yesterday’s closing. System liquidity remained low at +N11.98BN as some participants stayed camped at the CBN Repo window while others continue to source for deposits from large businesses. Subsequently, OBB and OVN rates closed the week at 16.75% and 17.25% respectively.

Next week, we expect rates to remain around the double-digits level and most likely inch higher towards the end of the week as banks sort to raise funds for the bi-weekly FX retail intervention and bond auction amidst the tight system liquidity.

Money Market Rates
Current (%) Previous (%)
Open Buy Back (OBB) 16.75 16.69
Overnight (O/N) 17.25 17.33

FX Market
Supply at the IEFX window improved during the week which was largely supported by inflows from export proceeds. Traded volumes stayed well above $100m albeit remained unchanged compared to yesterday’s figure while market participants stayed bided between N400/$ and N420/$ range. Rates closed the day at N410.80/$ appreciating slightly by 0.21% D/D.

At the parallel market, the cash and transfer window moved in opposite directions. The cash window appreciated by N1.000k on the day as demand weakened slightly to close the day at N513.00/$ while the transfer rate depreciated by N2.00k D/D to close at N520.00/$.

FX Market
Current (N/$) Previous (N/$)
CBN SMIS 380.69 380.69
I&E FX Window 410.80 411.67
Cash Market 513.00 514.00
Transfer Market 520.00 518.00

Eurobonds:

It was an uneventful trading week in the Emerging market space especially for most of the SSA sovereigns’ papers. Prices opened flat from yesterday’s closing levels although we saw few tractions on the GHANA 27s and NIGERIA 31s papers with its price moving by +15cents a piece D/D.

The Nigerian Corporates also closed the week on a very quiet note although the ETI papers (ETINL 24s and ETINL 31s) remained the market toast as sustained demand caused prices to gain slightly by 3cents and 4cents respectively.

Decline and fall of the naira
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Nigeria to generate 85% of entertainment, media revenue from internet – PwC
PwC, one of the leading consulting firms in the world has projected that Nigeria’s Entertainment and Media (E &M) industry’s revenue will rise from $7.68 billion in 2021 to $14.82 billion in 2025.
How Lagos power market will transform the state
The Lagos Electricity Market plan of the Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s government will provide a cheaper, cleaner alternative to the inadequate grid power supported by angry generators and could speed up the industrialisation of the state

Green Africa begins commercial flight operations
Green Africa, Nigeria’s Lagos-based value airline has officially begun commercial flights operations as the inaugural flight touched down at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, on Thursday, 12th August 2021
Delta variant: Two jabs are not enough, a third required?
The COVID-19 delta variant which is already in more than 104 countries has raised concerns among health officials globally as they see more breakthrough infections, which occur in fully vaccinated people, even though they are mild.
Nigerian London mission shuts down over COVID-19 scare
The Nigerian High Commission in London has shut down its office for the next ten days after some officials tested positive to COVID-19. The Commission made this known in a statement on Thursday in which it expressed regrets for any inconveniences the closure of the office may cause and solicited for the support of the general public
SEC Re-opens Its Renewal Portal for CMOs
The Securities and Exchange Commission (“the Commission”) refers to its previous Circulars and e-mail dated 28th June 2021 on the renewal of registration of Capital Market Operators.
Capital Market Operators are hereby informed that the Commission has re-opened its renewal portal (www.eportal.sec.gov.ng) to enable Operators that have not renewed their registration for 2021 to do so.
The portal will remain open from 12th August 2021 to 31st August 2021. Please note however that penalties for late registration would continue to accrue from 1st May 2021.
Capital Market Operators who fail to renew their registration within the referenced timeframe would in addition to monetary penalties for continuing violation, be suspended from operating in the market and may also be subject to further sanctions as deemed appropriate by the Commission.

MAN, LCCI Warn as FG tolls Lagos-Ibadan, Abuja-Lokoja, Enugu-P’Harcourt Roads, Others
Some stakeholders including the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria and the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Thursday warned against the misuse of funds to be generated from tolls on selected federal roads.
FG, States, LGs Suffer N329.6bn Shortfall in Five Months
Between January and May, the Federation Account Allocation Committee shared the sum of N3.18tn to the three tiers of government. The Federation Account is currently being managed on a legal framework that allows funds to be shared under three major components.
Increase Extractive Sectors’ Investments, Buhari Charges NEITI Board
The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has charged the newly inaugurated board of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative to work towards increasing investments in Nigeria’s extractive sectors.

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