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Market turnover increased by 40 per cent in Q2

By Helen Oji
04 July 2022   |   4:04 am
Following improved liquidity in the country's bourse, both local and foreign investors traded N485.4 billion value of equities in the second quarter (Q2) of the year.

Following improved liquidity in the country’s bourse, both local and foreign investors traded N485.4 billion value of equities in the second quarter (Q2) of the year.

This is an increase of 40.11 per cent when compared to N346.43 billion traded in the first quarter (Q1).

Data by the bourse noted that the growth in value of equities market traded also reflected in volume as it gained 143.83per cent to 54.27 billion in Q2, 2022 from 22.26 billion reported in Q1 2022 while deals on the bourse rose by 8.5 per cent to 320,778 in Q2 2022 from 295,533 reported by the NGX for Q1 2022.

The equities market segment of the NGX in 2022 has witnessed positive sentiment trading by investors’ participation in listed fundamental stocks, leading to the market capitalisation closing Q2 2022 at N27.94 trillion from N25.31trillion it closed in Q1 2022.

Consequently, the NGX All-Share Index appreciated by 10.3 per cent to 51,817.59 basis points in Q2 2022 from 46,965.48 basis points in Q1 2022.

The data disclosed that the value of fixed Income traded rose by 38.7 per cent to N1.0 1trillion in Q2 2022 from N728.9billion reported in Q1 2022.

According to the data by the NGX, the volume of fixed income traded moved to 972,206 in Q2 2022 from 688,564 reported in Q1 2022.

In addition, the market capitalisation of fixed income moved from N21.42 trillion in Q1 2021 to N22.23 trillion in Q2 2022.

Chief Executive Officer, Wyoming Capital & Partners, Tajudeen Olayinka, noted that improved liquidity in the system in the last six months is responsible for the positive performance of the Nigerian stock market.

He also listed other factors driving liquidity in the equities market to include instant payment of dividends to shareholders through electronic means and opportunities for immediate reinvestment of these dividends, especially by institutional investors, who manage funds and portfolios for clients.

“This did not leave out other traditional investors, who took advantage of low prices, in the run-up to financial year-end rallies that we saw at the beginning of the year 2022. Negative real return in the fixed income market and the need to hedge against inflation.

“The equities market is an inflation adjusting market, and so, some investors who were willing to hedge against inflation, irrespective of the downside risk that the market poses, decided to bring liquidity back to the equity market,’ Olayinka said.

He said the ongoing crash in the crypto market also brought liquidity back to the equity market.

“It has been said that more Nigerian investors participate actively in the crypto space, and so, the sudden, though long expected crash in that market, made some affected Nigerian investors cut their losses, for less volatile and recoverable opportunities in the equities market”, he added.

Olayinka added that the availability of derivative products is encouraging more institutional investors to embrace the equity market.

“Investors can now short or long the market at ease. All these activities provide liquidity to the market.”

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