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Investors Gain N662.36m as NGXASI Closes Flat; Overnight Rate Closes Flat at 10.25%; BDC Closes Flat at 746



1.1 NGX – Listed Equities

Nigerian Equities Market closed flat as the key market indicator advanced by 1.22 bps amid negative market breadth


The NGX All-Share Index closed flat at 49,416.18 basis points as against a 0.20% gain recorded previously to close at 49,414.96 basis points at the end of the last trading session. In Naira terms, the NGX Market CAP records a N662.36m gain.


YTD, the NGXASI Stands at +15.68%


The total volume traded advanced by 30.42% to close at 100.09m, valued at N1.3bn and traded in 3,186 deals. GTCO was the most traded stock by volume with 16.44m units traded while GTCO was also the most traded stock by value which is put at N354.75m


Sectoral performance was broadly positive as eight (8) NGX sector index closed northward, four (4) closed southward and six (6) closed flat. The NGXMERIVAL index advanced by 0.51% to top the gainer’s chart while the NGX Insurance index declined by 0.27% to top the losers’ chart.


The Dangote index advanced by 0.05% to close at 136.73 basis points while the Elumelu index closed flat at 111.83 basis points.


At the close of trading, the market recorded 11 gainers to 14 losers and 71 unchanged. UPDCREIT topped the list of gainers while NEIMETH topped the list of losers.


Thus, market breadth closed negative as the Market Breadth Index (MBI) is put at -0.04x.


Volume and Value Contribution

GTCO led the volume’s chart with 16.42% contribution and closely followed by CHIPLC and UBA


GTCO tops the value’s chart with 27.38% contribution and followed by NESTLE and ZENITHBANK




1.2 NASD OTC Exchange – Unlisted Equities

The NASD market index advanced by 0.06% to close at 708.9 basis points as against the 0.02% gain recorded previously to close at 708.47 basis points


The total volume traded advanced by 165.21% to close at 133,823 units valued at N7.34m and traded in 16 deal(s).


At the close of trading, NASD OTC market recorded one (1) gainer(s) to zero (0) loser(s)

1.3 Global Indices

On the global scene, the Brazil Bovespa Index leads the top five gainers with 3.57% gain while the Japan Nikkei 225 Index tops the top five losers with 2.49% loss as of 4pm Nigerian Time


1.4 African Indices

Similarly, on the African scene, the South Africa Financial 15 Index tops the top five gainers with 3.53% gain while the Casablanca Index tops the top five losers with 1.50% loss as of 4pm Nigerian Time





2.1 Debt Market Size

The FMDQ Debt Market Size was not available as at the time of writing this report.


2.2 Overnight and Open Repo (OPR)

The Overnight lending rate closed flat at 10.25% while the Open Repo (OPR) rate contracted by 2.00% to close at 7.50%





3.1 AFEX Indices

The AFEX ACI advanced by 0.40% to close at 464.13 while the AFEX AEI declined by 0.06% to close at 223.97 basis points


3.2 AFEX Commodity Prices

Paddy rice advanced by 7.80% to top the gainers’ chart while Sorghum declined by 4.54% to top the losers’ chart.


3.3 Global Commodity Prices

Gold recorded 1.53% gain while Silver advanced by 4.31% as of 10: 48 NY time


In the energy market, Brent advanced by 0.31% and WTI also advanced by 0.52% as of 10: 50 AM Central Daylight Time (CDT)




The naira at the I&E FX Window depreciated to close at N452.67/USD while the NAFEX rate depreciated by 0.18% to close at N450.22/USD



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OPECplus Maintains Oil Output Levels at the December 2022 Meeting

At its 34th monthly ministerial meeting held earlier this month, the OPEC+ group agreed to maintain global oil output at 41.9mbpd, in line with the decision agreed at an earlier meeting on the 5th of October 2022. The participating countries adjusted the frequency of the meetings to every two months and pledged to meet in the event of an emergencies. The decision by the oil cartel follows the European Union’s (EU) ban and the USD60/b price cap on Russian seaborne crude oil exports. By maintaining oil output at current levels, the OPEC+ group will sustain the cut in oil output by 2mbpd until the end of next year.


In reaction to the price cap and export ban by the EU, the Russian government has drafted a decree that bans the sale of Russian crude oil to buyers that are part of the Price Cap Coalition.


Oil prices have not fared well in H2 2022, shedding c.29% on average. The decline in oil prices was driven by slowing global growth, weak oil demand in China due to Covid-19 restrictions (now suspended), a build-up in global oil inventories and concerns of a potential global recession.


However, following the decision by OPEC+ at its December 2022 meeting and announcements in China, oil benchmark prices in the last week have risen by an average of 4% to USD79.04/b and USD74.45/b for Brent and WTI respectively.


The World Bank forecasts oil prices to average USD92/b in 2023 and USD80/b in 2024, down from a projected USD100/b in 2022. However, prices will remain well above their recent five-year average of USD60/b. In our view, the forecast is highly uncertain, with various factors which could materially alter global supply or demand balances.


In terms of oil supply, the World Bank expects variables such as the EU sanctions on Russia and the G7 oil price cap, OPEC+ production capacity, the outlook for U.S. shale oil, and the use and refilling of strategic oil inventories to impact volumes. We note that variables such as a potential global recession and the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in China could impact demand.


According to the IMF press release on this decision, the Ghanaian government has promised a wide fiscal restructuring over the coming years to restore macroeconomic stability and debt sustainability.


For Nigeria, actual oil output continues to fall behind its OPEC+ quota due to issues around crude oil production leakages, theft and evacuation challenges. We expect that production challenges will be less severe in 2023. In November, OPEC’s data from secondary sources indicate that Nigeria’s crude oil production was at 1.2mbpd. This compares with its OPEC+ target of 1.8mbpd (ex-condensates).


Last week, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) disclosed the re-opening of the Forcados and partial restoration of the Trans Niger Pipeline (TNP), which has lifted Nigeria’s oil output to 1.6mbpd. According to the NNPCL, a collaboration between the security agencies, local community contractors, and NNPC led to the restart of Forcados. It also noted that operations at the Brass and Bonny terminals (which were shut down due to force majeure) would recommence operation soon


If Nigeria successfully increases its oil output, we understand that the government could approach OPEC+ to request for an upward adjustment for its output quota. Five OPEC+ members — Saudi Arabia, Russia, Iraq, Kuwait and the UAE — were granted baseline increases in 2021, effective as of May 2022.


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