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Crude Oil: Nigerian Capital Market Loses N1.63Tr in January

Investors net worth on the Nigerian Stock Exchange has depreciated by 14.70 per cent for January, from 0.33 per cent growth achieved in December, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Statistics from the NSE for the period under review showed that the All-Share Index decreased by 5095.08 basis points to close the month at 29,562.07 against 34,657.15 posted in December 2014.
The Market Capitalisation dropped by N1.63 trillion to close at N9.847 trillion compared with a growth of N74 billion achieved in December, having closed at N11.478 trillion.
Also, the volume of shares declined by 32.20 per cent with an exchange of eight billion shares worth N94.87 billion traded in 85,032 deals.
This is against 11.80 billion shares valued at N129.03 billion transacted in 90,989 deals in December.
The Financial Services sector remained the toast of investors during the period, accounting for 5.81 billion shares worth N44.24 billion traded in 48,362 deals.
The Oil & Gas industry came second with an exchange of 975.14 million shares valued at N21.05 billion in 7,692 deals.
It was trailed by Consumer Goods Industry with 452.33 million shares worth N20.26 billion in 13,941 deals.
Some market operators attributed the decline in the market growth, during the period, to political uncertainties surrounding the general elections and the exit of foreign investors due to drop in crude oil price.
They told NAN in separate interviews in Lagos that the development led to selling pressure and redirection of funds from the equities market.
Mr Emeka Madubuike, the President, Association of Stock broking Houses of Nigeria (ASHON), said the devaluation of the Naira and tight monetary policies led to the development in the growth.
He said that political and security uncertainties and continuous drop in crude oil price at the international market, which led to exit of portfolio investors, contributed to unimpressive market performance.
Madubuike said that the market direction would be determined by free and fair elections and that the trend would likely continue till March.
Mr Olaleye Williams, the Managing Director, GlobalView Consult & Investments Ltd., said the exit of foreign investors from the equities market to due foreign exchange pressure was the major reason for dismal performance.
He noted that market operators and regulators should seek ways aimed at improving domestic investors’ participation to reduce overbearing effect of foreign investors.
He said that government should encourage participation of pension fund administrators in the stock market.
Williams noted that the Sovereign Wealth Fund should be invested in the market to reduce share glut.

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