Performance was mixed across major global stock markets within our coverage this week, as investors respond swiftly to development in the immediate environment.
In the US, there was “deep bear claw” on tech stocks (the major driver of the US stock market buoyant performance post-COVID-19 lockdown period) as a result of the weaker than expected consumer spending data in August.
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In the just concluded week, total debt figure released by the Debt Management Office (DMO) showed that Nigeria’s total public debt stock for the second quarter of 2020 increased by 8.31% to N31.01 trillion as at June 2020 (from N28.63 trillion as at March 2020).
Fitch Ratings’ new interactive country-by-country map of bank rating trends shows that the balance of Outlooks globally has turned sharply negative since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. The proportion of bank ratings on Negative Outlook or Rating Watch Negative (RWN) shot up to over 60% at end-1H20 from 13% at end-2019. The proportion on RWN was 10%, the highest in recent years, reflecting near-term risks to many banks’ ratings. There were virtually no ratings on Positive Outlook or Rating Watch Positive.
The Debt Management Office on Wednesday, 9th September, announced that Nigeria’s public debt has risen to N31.01 trillion at the end of June.
Hyundai Motor Company is leading the digital transformation in the era of COVID-19 and beyond with the launch of ‘Channel Hyundai’, an interactive app for smart TVs featuring multimedia content and a digital interface for customers to experience the brand in a new way.
An agriculture development firm, Agro-Allied Resources and Processing Nigeria Limited has commenced the development of a 14,000-hectare oil palm plantation in Odighi Community, in Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo State.
Nigerian genetics startup 54gene has partnered US firm Illumina to power the creation of a world-class genomics facility in Lagos.
Over 1,000 women of the Magboro Makogi community, through a Coca-Cola Foundation-sponsored program; Catalyst For Change, were trained for over four weeks on relevant skills with more than 200 empowered to start their own businesses.
The Debt Management Office (DMO), on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN), has introduced a retail savings product that will be accessible to all income groups – the FGN Savings Bonds.
With COVID-19 lockdown measures around the world easing, just under three-quarters of global consumers (71%) now report feeling comfortable returning to physical stores since local lockdowns have eased, according to research published today by Mood Media, the world’s leading on-premise media solutions company dedicated to elevating the Customer Experience.
In the stock market, the technology sector is among the best performing categories in recent years based on their Return on Investment (ROI). Despite being vulnerable just like other stocks, the category has remained resilient.
The Nigerian equity market today began the trading week on a negative note as the All-Share-Index depreciated by 0.09% to halt previous positive sentiment of six consecutive trading day.