Financial Markets Today

Financial Markets Today

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Global financial markets continued in highly volatile and uncertain territories, with rising investors’ fears pushing commodity prices to new highs, as price of gold rose to new eight-month’s high of ca $1,310.20 per ounce while U.S. 10yr treasury bonds dropped to +2.726%. The rise in demand for these safe-haven assets can be attributed to rising expectation of global economic slowdown in 2019, increasing U.S./China trade concerns, possible U.S. economic growth slowdown and low optimism of a consistent rise in global crude oil prices. This comes as the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank begins its 1st meeting of 2019 today while U.S. and China hold trade negotiations beginning tomorrow, 30 January.

We expect the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank to maintain current benchmark interest rate of 2.25% – 2.50% at the close of its meeting tomorrow. We also expect continued investors’ interest in safe-haven investments and debt instruments of developed economies on continued global financial markets’ volatility and rising uncertainties.





Banking system liquidity opened positive today, at ca ₦65.27bn. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) conducted an Open Market Operation (OMO) auction today, In line with its tight monetary policy.

Treasury Bills
A relatively quiet trading day in the treasury bills secondary market today, with activities focused at the short-end of the curve. Average rate lost ca -4ps day-on-day, with the 28 February 2019 maturity trading the most to close at 11.93% from 12.11%. Pease find below a summary of the results of today’s Open Market Operations (OMO) auction:

Tenor 87-Days 192-Days 360-Days
Maturity Date: 25-Apr-19 15-Aug-19 07-Nov-19
Amount Offered: ₦ 20.00billion ₦ 50.00billion ₦ 60.00billion
Subscription: ₦ 10.47billion ₦ 12.25billion ₦ 55.07billion
Amount Allotted: ₦ 10.47billion ₦ 12.25billion ₦ 55.07billion
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 Treasury Bills auction tomorrow offering ca ₦254.64bn. Please find below our expectation for stop rates at the auction:

1 30-Jan-19 27-Apr-23 ₦ 50.00 bi l l i on 15.2500% 15.05% – 15.30%
2 30-Jan-19 21-Mar-25 ₦ 50.00 bi l l i on 15.5000% 15.20% – 15.45%
3 30-Jan-19 28-Feb-28 ₦ 50.00 bi l l i on 15.5000% 15.25% – 15.50%

Bank Placements

Open Buy Back (OBB) and Overnight (O/N) rates dropped to 10.17% and 10.83% from 16.07% and 17.31%. 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.

A relatively quiet trading day in the bonds secondary market today, with very little activities across the curve. Average yields declined ca -6bps day on-day, with the February 2028 maturity trading the most to close at 15.35%. Please find below our expectation at tomorrow’s auction:

1 30-Jan-19 91 Day 7,851,744,000.00 11.00% 10.85% – 11.05%
2 30-Jan-19 182 Day 69,565,347,000.00 13.10% 13.05% – 13.30%
3 30-Jan-19 364 Day 177,219,063,000.00 15.00% 14.80% – 15.05%

The Nigerian equities market declined further today, as the Nigerian Stock Exchange All Share Index (NSE ASI) lost ca -0.53% day-on-day to close at 31,178.71pts, with market’s year-to-date returns at -0.80%. This was majorly due price depreciation in Guaranty Trust Bank Plc (-1.31%), Nigerian Breweries Plc (-2.38%) and Zenith Bank Plc (-2.13%).

The NSE Oil & Gas, Banking and Consumer Goods indices lost ca -13bps, -145bps and -56bps day-on-day, while the NSE Industrial index remained flat. Consolidated Hallmark Insurance Plc led the volume chart with 100.41m units while United Bank for Africa Plc led the value chart with trades worth ₦354.75mn.

The Naira appreciated against the dollar at the interbank market window today, at ₦306.75/$1 from ₦306.80/$1. In the parallel market, it remained stable against the Dollar, Pound Sterling and Euro at ₦363/$1, ₦470/₤1 and ₦411/€1 respectively. The Naira depreciated at the Nigerian Autonomous Foreign Exchange (NAFEX) window at ₦362.42/$1 from ₦362.12/$1.

Crude oil prices recovered above the $60 per barrel mark today, as U.S. government imposed new sanctions on Venezuela state-owned oil firm, PDVSA which may limit crude oil output from the member of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). Brent crude oil price rose ca +2.57% at $61.47pb, while WTI crude also gained ca +3.12% at $53.61pb, as at report time. Spot gold was up ca +0.54% day-on-day at $1,310.20 per ounce.

Top 5 Equitiy Advancers
Name (Symbol) Closing Price Gain(N) % Change
REDSTAREX 5.50 0.50 +10.00%
UAC-PROP 1.27 1.72 +9.55%
WAPIC 0.42 0.42 +7.69%
PZ 12.15 12.15 +7.52%
ABCTRANS 0.31 0.31 +6.90%
Top 5 Equity Decliners
Name (Symbol) Closing Price Gain(N) % Change
ACADEMY 0.45 -0.05 -10.00%
NEIMETH 0.63 -0.07 -10.00%
LINKASSURE 0.56 -0.06 -9.68%
IKEJAHOTEL 1.52 -0.16 -9.52%
VERITASKAP 0.22 -0.02 -8.33%
Benchmark T-Bills Discount Rates
29-Jan-19 28-Jan-19 Change in Rates
65Days 12.93% 13.22% -0.29%
170Days 13.23% 13.41% -0.18%
317Days 14.89% 14.89% 0.00%
Source: FMDQ DQL for 29 January 2019
*T-Bills Discount Rates are slightly different from current market rates
Benchmark FGN Bond Yields
29-Jan-19 28-Jan-19 Change in Yield
3 yrs: 16.00% 29-Jun 2019 13.86% 14.04% -0.18%
5 yrs: 15.54% 13-Feb 2020 15.41% 15.41% 0.00%
10 yrs: 16.29% 17 Mar 2027 15.14% 15.14% 0.00%
20 yrs: 16.25% 18-Apr 2037 15.09% 15.09% 0.00%
Source: FMDQ DQL for 29 January 2019
AIICO Money Market Fund (AMMF)
Net Yield (As at current date) 13.09% 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
28-Feb-19 30 12.40% 12.52%
21-Mar-19 51 10.75% 10.91%
01-Aug-19 184 13.10% 14.03%
07-Nov-19 282 14.35% 16.14%


Select Macro-economic Indices
Inflation % (December 2018) 11.44 (-25.57% ytd)
PMI (December 2018) 61.10
MPR (%) 14 (-5%/+2% around mid-point)
CRR (%) 22.5
Brent Crude Price US$ pbbl 61.47 (+2.57% d/d)
External Reserve (US$’billion) 43.16 (+0.11% ytd)
GDP % (Q3 2018) +1.81% (Q2 2018: +1.50% y/y)
NSE All Share Index (ASI) 31,178.71 (-0.53% d/d; -0.80% ytd)
Market Capitalisation (₦’Trillion) 11.63

Financial Markets Update – 29 January 2019

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