Nigerian Stock Market Soars To N2.42 Trillion As Investors Embrace Pro-Market Reforms

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In a remarkable surge driven by intensified bargain-hunting for Nigerian equities, the Nigerian equities market has achieved a staggering total transaction value of N2.42 trillion in the first eight months of 2023.

A report released by the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) unveiled this impressive growth, showcasing an increase of 28.04 percent or N530 billion when compared to the same period in 2022.

According to the NGX’s trading report, this surge in activity encompasses both foreign and domestic investors, providing an insightful gauge of market sentiment during this timeframe.

Commenting on the substantial month-on-month changes, a spokesperson for the NGX stated, “Foreign portfolio inflows witnessed an impressive increase of 45.9 percent in August 2023, reaching N13.79 billion, up from N9.45 billion in July. On the other hand, foreign outflows decreased from N31.09 billion in July to N23.37 billion in August.”

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The report highlighted the significant growth of transactions attributed to domestic investors, surging from N1.585 trillion in the first eight months of 2022 to a substantial N2.19 trillion by August 2023.

Meanwhile, foreign transactions experienced a dip from N301.37 billion in 2022 to N222.78 billion in 2023, largely due to a notable decline in foreign transactions earlier in the year.

Market experts have attributed this robust performance to what they have dubbed the “post-inauguration rally,” signifying the positive sentiments surrounding the pro-market reforms of the Bola Tinubu administration.

The NGX emphasized that these reforms and other macroeconomic developments, including the formation of the economic cabinet, have had a significant impact on investor sentiment.

“The audacious macroeconomic reforms under the new administration have led to the rise in the fortunes of investors,” the NGX reported.

This year has seen a remarkable 22 percent increase in transactions at the NGX, crossing the N2 trillion threshold to reach N2.15 trillion in the first seven months.

This achievement marks the best performance in a decade since 2014 when the NGX began publishing its monthly foreign portfolio investment report.

Additionally, the report revealed that foreign investors have taken note of the reforms, with increased transactions in the second quarter of 2023 and a shift from outflows to inflows. The NGX also highlighted a surge in retail domestic transactions, signaling the optimism of individual Nigerians about the economy.

In a global context, African stock markets have shone brightly, with the top five global market returns dominated by African exchanges. Egypt’s EGX 30 Index led the African group with a return of 37.6 percent, while Nigeria claimed the third spot globally with an average return of 31.4 percent, further solidifying its position as a top-performing market in 2023.

While challenges still persist, this impressive growth in the Nigerian equities market showcases the resilience and potential of the nation’s financial landscape in the face of evolving economic dynamics.

Investors and market participants continue to watch closely, eager to seize opportunities in this thriving market.

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