Nigerian Bourse Extend Losses, ASI Dips -0.35 Dragged by FBNH

Nigerian Stock Exchange Trading Floor. Image Credit: NGX

March 20, 2024/Cordros Report


The local bourse extended yesterday’s losses as investors sold off FBNH (-9.9%). Consequently, the All-Share Index dipped by 0.3% to close at 104,256.81 points. Sequentially, the Month-to-Date and Year-to-Date gains moderated to +4.3% and +39.4%, respectively.

The total volume traded declined by 2.7% to 298.65 million units, valued at NGN6.84 billion, and exchanged in 8,248 deals. FBNH remained the most traded stock by volume and value at 38.76 million units and NGN1.56 billion, respectively.

Performance across the sectors was mixed, as the Insurance (+2.1%), Oil & Gas (+0.2%) and Consumer Goods (+0.1%) indices posted gains while the Banking (-1.8%) index declined. Meanwhile, the Industrial Goods index closed flat.

As measured by market breadth, market sentiment was positive (1.3x), as 28 tickers gained relative to 22 losers. NEM (+10.0%) and CWG (+10.0%) topped the gainers’ list, while NSLTECH (-10.0%) and FBNH (-9.9%) recorded the highest losses of the day.


The naira appreciated by 4.6% to NGN1,492.61/USD at the Nigerian Autonomous Foreign Exchange Market (NAFEM).


The overnight lending rate contracted by 217bps to 26.6%, despite debits for the March 2024 FGN bond PMA (NGN588.87 billion).

Trading in the Treasury bills secondary market was bullish, as the average yield declined by 114bps to 17.3%. Across the curve, the average yield contracted at the short (-24bps), mid (-114bps) and long (-169bps) segments following interest in the 36DTM (-52bps), 127DTM (-180bps) and 323DTM (-342bps) bills, respectively. Likewise, the average yield pared by 1bp to 18.8% in the OMO segment.

Sentiments in the FGN bond secondary market were bearish, as the average yield expanded by 29bps to 18.8%. Across the benchmark curve, the average yield advanced at the short (+68bps), mid (+37bps) and long (+6bps) segments due to profit-taking activities on the APR-2029 (+100bps), APR-2032 (+116bps) and JUN-2053 (+60bps) bonds, respectively.

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