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Operators foresee further lull in capital market till end of Q1


Lagos – Some capital market operators on Tuesday predicted that the current lull in the capital market might persist till the second quarter of 2016.

They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the market might not recover until the implementation of 2016 budget would have started.

Mallam Garba Kurfi, the Managing Director, APT Securities and Funds Ltd., Lagos, said that activities in capital market would continue to be low key because of investors’ apathy.

Kurfi said the slide in crude oil price, the security challenges and depreciation of the nation’s currency were major issues affecting the capital market.

He said the government’s stance on currency devaluation was scaring foreign investors away from the capital market because they felt the naira was ‘unfairly’ valued.

Kurfi urged the government to close the wide margin between the official and parallel markets’ rates to boost foreign investors’ confidence.

Alhaji Rasheed Yussuf, the immediate Past President, Association of Stockbroking Houses of Nigeria (ASHON), said that there were other factors which were yet to be addressed.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”70560″]
Yussuf said there was no attraction to the market at the moment although the market fundamentals were strong.

He called on investors to take advantage of the relatively low price of some stocks to increase their stakes in the market.

NAN reports that investors on the Nigerian Stock Exchange lost N555 billion as a result of price losses between Jan. 4 and Jan. 11.

The All-Share Index, which opened for the year at 28,642.25, has also lost 2252.07 points by Jan. 11 to close trading at 26,390.16 points.

The market capitalisation, which opened for the year at N9.850 trillion, shed N555 billion to close at N9.295 trillion due to massive sell pressure. (NAN)

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