Financial Markets Today

Financial Markets Today

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Global crude oil prices rallied today, with Brent crude oil price rising above $60 per barrel during trade, after gaining ca +2.5% day-onday. This comes as the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission, indicated plans to implement additional fiscal stimulus in the near term, in an attempt to stabilize and boost economic activities in the world’s 2nd largest economy and largest crude oil consumer, and comes in reaction to yesterday’s import and export data from China which indicated continued weakening in economic activities, further heightening investors’ fears of a global economic slowdown in 2019.

With increasing expectation of a global economic slowdown in 2019, led by an expected economic slowdown in China, we expect a rise in the number of fiscal stimulus to be implemented by the Chinese government in Q1 2018, particularly on a rise in uncertainties of the U.S./China trade negotiations.





Banking system liquidity opened on a negative note today, at ca -₦134.46bn. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) also conducted an Open Market Operations (OMO) today to further tighten system liquidity, in line with its current tight monetary stance.

Treasury Bills
Another relatively quiet trading day in the treasury bills secondary market, with average rate gaining ca +7bps day-on-day, with the 07 March 2019 maturity trading the most to close at 13.95%. Please find below the results of the Open Market Operations (OMO) auction held today:

Tenor 100-Days 163-Days 317-Days
Maturity Date: 25-Apr-19 27-Jun-19 28-Nov-19
Amount Offered: ₦ 20.00 billion ₦ 30.00 billion ₦ 50.00 billion
Subscription: ₦ 0.0028 billion ₦ 0.5086 billion ₦ 22.00 billion
Amount Allotted: ₦ 0.0028 billion ₦ 0.5086 billion ₦ 22.00 billion
Range of bids: 11.9000% – 11.9000% 13.5000% – 15.0000% 15.0000% – 15.0000%
Stop Rates 11.9000% 13.5000% 15.0000%

Also, there will be a primary market auction of treasury bills tomorrow, with ca ₦225.449 billion of maturing treasury bills being rolled over. Please find below our expectation of stop rates at the auction:

1 28-Nov-18 91-Day 5,849,034,000.00 10.90% 10.85% – 11.05%
2 28-Nov-18 182-Day 26,600,000,000.00 13.10% 13.05% – 13.30%
3 28-Nov-18 364-Day 193,000,000,000.00 14.50% 14.30% – 14.55%

Bank Placements

Open Buy Back (OBB) and Overnight (O/N) rates dropped to 21.67% and 24.17% from 31.67% and 35.25%respectively. Average fixed deposit rates amongst banks monitored showed:

– tier-1 rated banks at 3.00% for 30 – 60 days tenor on ₦10mln – ₦100mln.
– tier-2 rated banks at 7.50% for 30 – 60 days tenor on ₦10mln – ₦100mln.

Yields dropped across all maturities in the bonds secondary market today, as investors anticipate the release of the Q1 2019 bonds primary auction calendar. Average yields dropped ca -15bps day-on-day, with the March 2027 maturity trading the most to close at 15.17%.

The Nigerian equities market appreciated for a 4th consecutive trading day, as the Nigerian Stock Exchange All Share Index (NSE ASI) gained ca +0.58% day-on-day to close at 30,137.53pts, with market’s year-to-date returns at -4.11%. This was due to price appreciation in Zenith Bank Plc (+0.69%) and Stanbic IBTC Holding Plc (+2.93%).

The NSE Banking, Industrial, Consumer Goods and Oil and Gas indices all gained ca +34bps, +311bps, +22bps and +28bps, respectively. Diamond Bank Plc led the volume chart with 100.67m units while Guaranty Trust Bank Plc led the value chart with trades worth ₦1.318bn.

The Naira remained stable against the dollar at the interbank market window today, at ₦306.85/$1. In the parallel market, it remained stable against the Dollar, Pound Sterling and Euro at ₦362/$1, ₦462/₤1 and ₦412/€1, respectively. The Naira appreciated at the Nigerian Autonomous Foreign Exchange (NAFEX) window at ₦363.91/$1 from ₦364.41/$1.

Crude oil prices appreciated today, supported by China’s plans to introduce additional economic stimulus to stabilize and possibly boost economic activities in the world’s largest crude oil consumer expected and 2nd largest global economy. Brent crude oil price gained ca +2.75% at $60.61pb, while WTI crude gained ca +3.15% at $52.10pb, as at report time. Spot gold was down ca -0.18% day-on-day at $1,289.00 per ounce.

Top 5 Equitiy Advancers
Name (Symbol) Closing Price Gain(N) % Change
CCNN 22.00 2.00 +10.00%
IKEJAHOTEL 1.52 0.13 +9.35%
ROYALEX 0.24 0.02 +9.09%
CILEASING 9.04 0.75 +9.05%
NEM 1.88 0.15 +8.67%
Top 5 Equity Decliners
Name (Symbol) Closing Price Gain(N) % Change
AIRSERVICE 7.15 -0.75 -9.49%
VERITASKAP 0.20 -0.02 -9.09%
NEIMETH 0.64 -0.06 -8.57%
FIRSTALUM -0.03 -0.03 -8.33%
ABCTRANS 0.27 -0.02 -6.90%
Benchmark T-Bills Discount Rates
15-Jan-19 14-Jan-19 Change in Rates
79 Days 13.74% 13.63% 0.11%
149 Days 13.66% 13.85% 0.08%
331 Days 14.49% 15.00% -0.51%
Source: FMDQ DQL for 15 January 2019
*T-Bills Discount Rates are slightly different from current market rates
Benchmark FGN Bond Yields
15-Jan-19 14-Jan-19 Change in Yield
3 yrs: 16.00% 29-Jun 2019 14.39% 14.14% 0.25%
5 yrs: 15.54% 13-Feb 2020 15.19% 15.52% -0.33%
10 yrs: 16.29% 17 Mar 2027 15.17% 15.38% -0.21%
20 yrs: 16.25% 18-Apr 2037 15.18% 15.26% -0.08%
Source: FMDQ DQL for 15 January 2019
AIICO Money Market Fund (AMMF)
Net Yield (As at current date) 12.98% per annum
Added Benefit Personal accident insurance cover
AIICO Capital Guaranteed Income Note (GIN) Rates p.a.
Amount (NGN) 30 Days 60 Days 90 Days 180 Days 364 Days
10,000,001 – 50,000,000 10.00 10.50 11.00 12.00 13.00
50,000,001 – 100,000,000 11.00 11.25 11.50 12.50 14.00
100,000,001 – 400,000,000 12.00 12.25 12.50 13.00 14.50
Trading Treasury Bills Rates p.a.
Maturity Dates Tenor (Days) Discount Rate Effective Yield
31-Jan-19 16 14.30% 14.39%
14-Feb-19 30 13.10% 13.24%
21-Mar-19 65 12.90% 13.20%
07-Nov-19 296 14.35% 16.24%


Select Macro-economic Indices
Inflation % (November 2018) 11.28 (-26.61% ytd)
PMI (December 2018) 61.10
MPR (%) MPR (%) 14 (-5%/+2% around mid-point)
CRR (%) 22.5
Brent Crude Price US$ pbbl 60.61 (+2.75% d/d)
External Reserve (US$’bi l l ion) 43.05 (-0.16% ytd)
GDP % (Q3 2018) +1.81% (Q2 2018: +1.50% y/y)
NSE Al l Share Index (ASI) 30,137.53 (+0.58% d/d; -4.11% ytd)
Market Capi tal i s ati on (₦’Tri l l i on) 11.24

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