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Market Today | 18th July, 2024

The Nigerian equity market closed trading activities for today in the green, reversing the previous day’s loss. Key performance indicators, NGX-ASI, advancing by +0.47%, while the Market Capitalization, was up by +0.46%. The market index (All-Share Index) added 470.89 basis points today, representing an increase of +0.47% to close at 100,032.32. Meanwhile, the Market Capitalization also gained ₦262.82 billion, representing a rise of +0.46%, to close at ₦56.91. The disparity between the indicators was a result of the delisting of three (3) listed companies on the exchange today: Niger Insurance Plc, Resort Savings and Loans Plc; and RAK Unity Petroleum Plc. The bourse positive performance despite negative breadth was due to investors buying interest in some medium and large-scale stocks, such as AIRTELAFRI, OANDO, and others.

However, market activities were down, as the Total Volume and Total Value traded for the day decreased by -64.27% and -17.30% respectively. Approximately 392.80 million units valued at ₦8,333.02 million were transacted across 9,013 deals. GTCO was the most traded stock in terms of volume, accounting for 10.13% of the total volume of trades, followed by VERITASKAP (9.19%), FCMB (8.05%), UBA (7.49%), and CUTIX (7.30%) to complete the top 5 on the volume chart. AIRTELAFRI emerged as the most traded stock in value terms, with 26.95% of the total value of trades on the exchange.

UCAP topped the advancers’ chart for today with a price appreciation of 9.92 percent, trailed by OANDO with (+9.76%) growth, AFRIPRUD (+9.55%), LEARNAFRCA (+9.38%), ABCTRANS (+9.09%), RTBRISCOE (+9.09%), and eighteen others. Twenty-eight (28) stocks depreciated, where LINKASSURE and VERITASKAP were the top losers, with a price depreciation of -10.00% each, as VITAFOAM (-9.67%), ZENITHBANK (-7.00%), LIVESTOCK (-6.84%), FBNH (-4.00%), and FIDELITYBK (-1.86%) also dipped in price. In that regard, the market breadth closed negative, recording 24 gainers and 28 losers.

In addition, the market sector performance was positive, as three of the five major market sectors were up, led by the Oil & Gas sector which grew by (+0.19%), followed by the Consumer goods sector by (+0.07%), and the Industrial sector by (+0.01%), while the Insurance and Banking sectors dropped by -2.28% and -2.35% accordingly.

Q2'2023 GDP SNAPSHOT

Following the data published by NBS, the country’s GDP grew by 2.51% in Q2’2023 from 2.31% in the first quarter of the year, sustaining the country’s economic expansion. However, Q2’2023 growth rate decreased by -1.03% points from 3.54% recorded in Q2’2022 due to slow down in the country’s economic activities buoyed by various macro/microeconomic headwinds, but increased by 0.20% when compared to 2.31% recorded in Q1’2023.

Oil Sector Contribution Dipped by -13.97% q/q

As regards components contributing to the GDP, the Non-Oil contributed 94.66% to the GDP growth, which was 1.05% higher than 93.67% contribution in Q2’2022, and 0.93% higher than 93.79% contribution in Q1’2023. On the other hand, the Oil contribution to the GDP declined by 13.97% to 5.34% in Q2’2023 as against 6.21% in Q1’2023, due to drop in Crude oil
production in the quarter under review.

In terms of growth, the non-Oil components advanced by 81 basis point to 3.58% in Q2’2023, as against 2.77% in Q1’2023. Whereas, the real growth in the Oil component of the GDP stood at -13.43% in Q2’2023, which represent a decrease of 9.22% points relative to -4.21% recorded in Q1’2023. The slight growth recorded in the oil sector in the first quarter of the year
was hampered in the second quarter due to increase cases of oil theft and pipeline vandalism. The average daily oil production (1.22mbpd in Q2’2023) was lower than the daily average crude oil production of 1.43mbpd recorded in the same quarter of 2022, and also 0.29mbpd lower than the Q1’2023 production volume of 1.51mbpd.

Services and Agricultural Sectors Recorded Positive Growth

After a decline of -0.90% in the first quarter of the year due to the naira crunch in the, alongside existing issues such as disruption in food supply caused by the Russian-Ukraine war, Flooding, and Insecurity, the Agricultural sector recorded a positive growth rate in Q2 2023 (grew by +2.40% basis point to +1.50%, when compared to -0.90% recorded in Q1 2023). It also increased by 30bps when compared to the corresponding period of 2022. Furthermore, the sector contributed 23.01% to the overall GDP in real terms in Q2’2023, which is higher than its contribution in Q1’2023 (21.66%), but lower than its contribution in the second quarter of 2022 (23.24%).

The Industrial sector declined by 226bps to -1.94% in Q2’2023 in real terms, compared to a positive growth of +0.31% witnessed in Q1’2023, driven by high exchange rate of Naira to the US Dollar, high inflation rate and high lending rate. Also, the sector’s contribution to GDP was down to 18.56% in Q2 2023 from 21.05% in Q1 2023, also down by -0.84% points when compared 19.40% contribution in Q2 2022.

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