The Nigerian equity market on Monday, November 16, 2020 closed in favour of the Bears, as the All Share Index declined by 0.75% to settle at 34,774.08 points against the previous close of 35,037.46 points. Market Capitalisation declined by 0.75% to close at N18.170 from the previous close of N18.308, thereby shedding N138 billion. Year-to-date, the market has returned 29.55%.
Most times, the Bears rule the affairs on the floor of the NSE to start a new week. The admittance of the Bears is premised on the profit taking from stocks that have posted sizeable profits over the past week. The market is hopeful of a possible come back of the Bulls against the activities in the fixed income space and the low yields in the money market.
An aggregate of 668.53 million units of shares were traded in 10,319 deals, valued at N7.85 billion.
The market breadth closed negative as 11 equities gained while 43 equities declined in their share prices.
BOC Gas led other gainers with 9.92% growth to close at N5.32 from the previous close of N4.84.
Neimeth, Unity Bank and Ardova among other gainers also grew their share prices by 8.99%, 8.86% and 8.11% respectively.
NAHCO and Oando led other price decliners as they as they shed 10% of their share prices respectively.
Dangote Sugar, Fidelity Bank and Livestock Feed among other price decliners also shed their share prices by 9.91%, 9.69% and 9.66% respectively.
Zenith Bank traded about 94.03 million units of its shares in 1,143 deals, valued at N2.5 billion.Transcorp traded about 75.48 million units of its shares in 386 deals, valued at N82.99 million.FBN Holdings traded about 65.22 million units of its shares in 683 deals, valued at N499.297 million.
STOCKS TO WATCH
Neimeth Pharmaceuticals is currently trading at N2.91 and that translates to 369.35% growth year to date from the share price of N0.62 at the beginig of the year.
The current bull extends to other firms in the pharmaceutical space including Fidson, May& Baker, Glaxosmith. A new 52 weeks high of N2.91 was achieved by Neimeth at the close of trade on Monday.
It is obvious that pharmaceutical companies are benefiting from government intervention. Covid-19 vaccine is out and when the government will bring it in they will have to go through the pharmaceutical firms.
On the technical chart, a strong BUY recommendation is indicated for Neimeth International Pharmaceuticals.
BUA Cement is one of the heavy weight stocks on NSE with market capitalization of N1.2 trillion. It emerged after a merger of BUA Group’s two Cement subsidiaries – CCNN and Obu Cement.
The share price of BUA Cement grew to N56 from the previous close of N52, recovering back its 52 weeks high, thus creating a new support level.
On the technical chart a strong BUY is recommended for BUA Cement.
Airtel at the close of trade on Monday attained a new 52 weeks high of N500 from the previous close of N489.9.
Airtel Africa has a market capitalization of N1.84 trillion on NSE and of course it’s among the four heavy weight stocks that determines the direction of the market.
Year to date, the share price of Airtel appreciated by 67.28% from N298.9 to N500. On the technical chart, a strong BUY recommendation is indicated for Airtel Africa.
Lafarge (WAPCO) closed at N22, shedding 8.71% from N24.1 due to profit taking by investors. Year to date, the share price appreciated by 43.79% from N15.30. Two years back, WAPCO has traded at N52 and that shows that it has not reached anywhere.
On the technical chart, MACD indicated a BUY recommendation for WAPCO.
Year to date, the share price of Zenith Bank has grown by 39.78% to N26 from N18.60.
With the earnings per share (EPS) of N6.65, Zenith bank has a low P.E ratio of 3.91x. This suggest that Zenith Bank is considered cheap at the current price and has further growth potential.
On the technical char