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Nigerian stock market opens with N119 billion loss

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Nigerian equities market resumed trading on Monday with a loss of 0.91 per cent as a result of profit taking in some blue chips.

Speficially, the All-Share Index which opened the week at 25,182.67 lost 228.35 points or 0.91 per cent to close at 24,954.32.

Accordingly, Month-to-Date and Year-to-Date losses increased to -1.2 per cent and -7.0 per cent, respectively.

Also, the market capitalisation shed N119 billion or 0.91 per cent to close at N13.017 trillion against N13.136 trillion posted on Thursday.

The downturn was impacted by losses recorded in medium and large capitalised stocks, amongst which are; MTN Nigeria Communications (MTNN), BUA Cement, Zenith Bank, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated and Guaranty Trust Bank.

Analysts at United Capital Plc said: “Looking ahead, we expect the market to remain volatile, as investors lock funds in cheap and fundamentally sound stocks, while taking profit on some stocks that gained last week.”

Consequently, market breadth closed negative with 16 stocks compared with 25 decliners.

Prestige Assurance led the losers’ chart in percentage terms, dropping by 10 per cent, to close at 63k, per share.

Neimeth International Pharmaceuticals followed with 9.73 per cent to close at N2.32, while AIICO Insurance shed 9.32 per cent to close at N1.07, per share.

ETI dropped 7.34 per cent to close at N5.05, while UACN Property Development dipped 6.73 per cent to close at 97k, per share.

Conversely, Fidson Healthcare and Red Star Express led the gainers’ chart in percentage terms, appreciating by 10 per cent each to close at N3.30 and N3.63 per share, respectively.

Cornerstone Insurance followed with a gain 9.80 per cent to close at 56k, per share.

Honeywell Flour Mills rose by 9.78 per cent to close at N1.01, while Unity Bank appreciated by 8.77 per cent to close at 62k, per share.

In the same vein, the total volume traded declined by 29.51 per cent with an exchange of 237.65 million shares, worth N1.61 billion, and traded in 4,808 deals.

This was in contrast with a total of 337.13 million shares valued at N3.41 billion achieved in 3,880 deals on Thursday.

Transactions in the shares of FBN Holdings topped the activity chart with 24.35 million shares worth N128.76 million.

Zenith Bank followed with 24.14 million shares valued at N392.36 million, while FCMB Group accounted for 19.47 million shares valued at N33.48 million.

Caverton Offshore traded 17.37 million shares worth N39.02 million, while United Bank for Africa transacted 14.64 million shares valued at N95.74 million.

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Bismarck Rewane resigns as a director from the Board of Guinness Nigeria Plc

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The Board of Guinness Nigeria Plc has announced the resignation of Mr Bismarck Jemide Rewane.

This announcement was made in a notification issued by the Company Secretary, Mr. Rotimi Odusola.

According to Mr Odusola, the resignation of Mr Rewane as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Guinness Nigeria Plc became effective on 31st December 2020.

Mr. Rewane was appointed to the Board of Guinness Nigeria Plc as a Non-Executive Director in 2008. Until his resignation, he served as the Chairman of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee of the Board.

However, it is important to note that as of 30th June 2020, he owns 36,384 ordinary shares of Guinness Nigeria Plc, worth N691,296.

The Board of Guinness Nigeria extended its appreciation to the outgoing Director, for his leadership, focus and commitment to the success of the Company and wishes him the best in his future endeavours.

About Mr Bismarck Rewane

  • Bismarck Rewane was also with the First National Bank of Chicago, Barclays Bank of Nigeria and Barclays Bank International Plc, United Kingdom. An Associate of the Institute of Bankers, England and Wales.
  • Mr. Rewane has served on the Board of several organisations, including Navgas (a Vitol Group subsidiary); NLNG Prize Award Foundation; UNIC Insurance Plc, Nigeria; Economic Summit Group; UBA Custodian Limited; Virgin Nigeria Airways Limited; Fidelity Bank Plc; First City Monument Bank Plc; and Top Feeds Nigeria Limited.

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Traders Count Loses In Lagos Plank Market Fire

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With millions of goods and items burnt to ashes, the inferno which engulfed a plank market in Lagos on Sunday has added salt to the financial injuries which COVID19 has already inflicted on many businesses in Nigeria and around the world.

No human loss has been recorded in the fire at Ketu Plank Market on Demurin Street, Ketu, Lagos though almost every structure was razed down.

LASEMA Response Team and the Lagos State Fire Service who responded to the emergency are yet to give release an official statement on the actual cause of the fire.

Traders told newsmen that over 20 sawing machines, generating sets, several bundles of planks and foams were destroyed.

One of the traders who reportedly lost several bundles of foams worth millions of naira was said to be hospitalized when our correspondent visited.

A trader, Abifarin Lateef aka Sanjay said the fire started at 10:00 a.m, stating that he was at home when he received a call about the fire incident at exactly 10:33 am.

He disclosed that the impact of the fire would reduced if it had happened on a working day.

“We could not salvage anything. All our goods such as planks, foams, sawing machines are all gone. We have been rendered helpless. Where do we start from? By our estimate, what we lost here is more than N200m. We would appreciate any form of assistance from government,” he said.

He also commended the emergency responders, saying four firefighting trucks were mobilized to quench the fire which prevented the inferno from spreading to residential buildings.

Another trader said he lost three sets of chairs, several 6×6 beds to the inferno.

Director-General of the LASEMA, Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyitolu also confirmed that the fire caused “extensive damage with valuable goods having been destroyed.”

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