Trading on the Nigerian Exchange on Tuesday was mixed as the composite NGX All Share Index closed higher on low traded volume and negative market breadth, thereby halting five straight days of decline and selloffs as buying interests were rekindled across some major sectors. This impacted the index positively, just as sectorial performance for the session witnessed mixed sentiments and momentum following the rebound in industrial goods, banking and energy stocks.
The seeming rebound in the midst of a five-day price correction in reaction to the rate hike by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) at the last Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting needs to be confirmed ahead of the quarter’s window dressing and the Q2 earnings reporting season, as it concerns the rising inflation across the globe and impending global economic recession. Also, all eyes are on the half-year corporate earnings and domestic economic data, while buying sentiments signal continues across some sectors, as funds flow into fixed income instruments from risk-averse investors. This is due to the increase in interest rate that followed the May inflation rate which soared to 17.71% the highest in 11 months since June 2021, according to National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) reports released recently.
The NGX index’s action rebounded to trade above 51,000 basis points after pulling back to 50,532.46bps from its peak of 54,012.24points. This calls for a change in trading strategies, ahead of the interim dividend-paying season, just by allowing hot economic and market news to guide your investment decisions when picking stocks in this season and beyond, especially during this pre-election year volatility and uncertainties. We, however, note that fixed income market players are further threatened by the inflation rate that has been on the rise since November 2021, from 15.4% to 17.71%, just a few points shy of the 17.75% recorded in June 2021. This is driven by the sustained rise in food prices, given the nation’s dependence on imported foods, especially grains. Also, there is the impact of rising insecurity, diesel prices, the shortage of US$, and the war between Russia and Ukraine, among others, all of which have kept inflation at double digits since 2016.
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Oil prices pulled back again in the international market, oscillating to $109.8 per barrel, as the US economy for the first time since 1976 is set to outgrow China which has been slowed down by its zero COVID strategy, thereby impacting the demand for oil. This has been helped also by the discovery of new rigs in the US, just as the EU plans to cap gas prices in the midst of the embargo placed on the importation of Russian oil. There is a palpable worry that these chronic high energy prices continue killing the global economy, heightening inflationary pressures across the globe on a weak economic outlook. This is also influencing the monetary policies of central banks as they move to checkmate the impacts of the Russia-Ukraine conflict on the global economy to avoid economic recession. Nonetheless, Nigeria’s soaring inflation is a potent threat to its fixed income market and investment yields, which should be an indication that there will be a reversal of funds flowing to the equity space in no distant time as institutional investors balance their portfolios.
Technically, the NGX index action signals a reversal that needs to be confirmed when trading opens on Wednesday. The index is trading below the ‘T-Line’ and 20-day moving average, as the market remains relatively strong, despite the negative outing it started the week. The strong support level has been within the 50,000-basis points region, while volatility persists and corrects towards the next breakdown is sported around 50,532.71bps. Should the index break this point, the next visible support is 50,247.43bps.
The possibility of the trend being sustained is high and a function of market forces and improved economic conditions during this month and beyond, following which we advise investors to play defensive stocks and reduce investment risks around the market. This, they can do by effectively using your stop-loss and trading your plans always by allowing your entry and exit strategies to guide you.
Tuesday’s trading started slightly on the downside and was sustained till the signal of the afternoon, before rebounding on bargain hunting in Dangote Cement and other blue-chip stocks, a situation that pushed the NGX’s index to an intraday high of 51,213.17bps from its lows of 50,532.29ps before closing above its opening points at 51,091.73bps.
Market technicals were negative and mixed, as volume traded was lower than the previous day in the midst of negative breadth and buying pressure as revealed by Investdata’s Sentiments Report showing 82% buy position and 18% sell volume. The total transaction volume index stood at 0.50 points, just as momentum behind the day’s performance was relatively weak as Money Flow Index is looking down at 31.28pts, from the previous day’s 30.05pts, indicating that funds entered the market.
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Index and Market Caps
At the end of Tuesday’s trading, the benchmark index NGXASI shed 335.01bps, closing at 51,091.75bps, after opening at 50,756.74bps, representing a 0.70% up. Similarly, market capitalization rose by N186.61bn, closing at N27.54tr, from the previous day’s N27.36tr, which also represented a 0.69% value gain.
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Meanwhile, the session’s upturn was driven by buying interests in Dangote Cement, MRS Oil. Livestock Feeds, Zenith Bank, Royal Exchange, Accesscorp, AIICO, UBA and Nahco, among others. This impacted positively on Year-To-Date gain, rising to 19.61%, while market capitalization growth stood at N4.74tr YTD, representing a 23.53% rise over the opening level for the year.
Mixed Sector Indices
Performance indexes across sectors were mixed, as the NGX Industrial goods, Energy and Banking indexes closed 3.86%, 0.68%, and 0.38% higher respectively, while NGX Consumer goods led the decliners after losing 0.11% followed by Insurance with 0.06%.
Market breadth was negative, as losers outnumbered gainers in the ratio of 22:14; just as activities in volume and value terms were down, after investors traded 166.96m shares worth N2.74bn, with volume driven by trades in Transcorp, UBA, GTCO, Zenith Bank and FBNH.
Livestock Feeds and MRS Oil were the best-performing stocks, gaining 10% and 9.80%, closing at N1.32 and N16.25 per share respectively on market forces and Q2 earning expectation. On the flip side, BUA Foods and Learn Africa lost 10% each, closing at N49.50 and N2.25 per share, on selloffs and profit taking.
We expect a mixed trading as selloffs moderate in the midst of bargain hunters taking advantage of pullbacks in value stocks ahead of quarter-end window dressing and interim dividend season in Nigeria, while some March year-end audited accounts companies hit the market any moment from now. We note also the flow of funds into the fixed income segment on the rate hike by the CBN, as sector rotation persists and players digest the macro-economic data and earnings forecast released so far. Analysts are also expecting the inflation report to support recovery in the new July amid oil prices oscillation. Also, the market continues to interpret the rising inflation in relation to the crude oil price and other factors, in the midst of profit-taking and portfolio rebalancing. This will result in market players targeting fundamentally sound and dividend-paying stocks in the hope of dividend announcements.
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