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Market Indices: NSE Releases Result Of Full Year Review

-by our correspondent.

The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), the premier sustainable exchange servicing Africa’s largest economy, has announced the results of its annual full year market index review for the following indices – the NSE 30, NSE Lotus Islamic, NSE Pension, Corporate Governance Index, Afrinvest Bank Value Index, Afrinvest Dividend Yield Index, Meristem Growth Index, Meristem Value Index; and the five Sectoral Indices of The Exchange – NSE Banking, NSE Insurance, NSE Industrial, NSE Consumer Goods and NSE Oil & Gas.

The review has led to the entry and exit of major companies from several indices which will take effect when the market opens on Monday, January 4, 2021.

Under the NSE 30 Index; Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc replaces the outgoing Julius Berger Nigeria, and under the NSE Insurance Index;  Veritas Kapital Ass. Plc and African Alliance Insurance Plc both incoming, replace                Niger Insurance Plc as the NSE Oil & Gas Index sees the exit of MRS Oil Nigeria Plc which is being replaced by Eterna Plc.

For the Meristem Growth Index, two incoming banks;, Guaranty Trust Bank and Access Bank Plc, alongside Julius Berger Nig. Plc and Cadbury Nigeria Plc saw to the exit of BUA Cement Plc, Glaxo Smithkline Consumer Nig. Plc,  Okomu Oil Plc and  Wema Bank Plc.

Similarly, under the Meristem Value Index; Dangote Sugar Plc and Total Plc replaced Cadbury Nigeria Plc, Dangote Cement Plc, Fidelity Bank Plc and UACN Property Development Company Plc. The NSE Lotus Islamic Index witnessed the exit of PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc without a replacement as the Afrinvest Div. Yield Index also saw the exit of five companies without any incoming. The Corporate Governance Index, Afrinvest Bank Value Index, NSE Pension Index and the NSE Industrial Index recorded no activities.

Chief Executive Officer, NSE, Oscar Onyema

The indices were developed to allow investors follow market movements and properly manage investment portfolios. Designed using the market capitalization methodology, the indices are rebalanced on a semi-annual basis on the first business day in January and in July.

The Nigerian bourse began publishing the NSE 30 Index in February 2009 with index values available from January 1, 2007. On July 1, 2008, the NSE developed five sectoral indices with a base value of 1,000 points, designed to provide investable benchmarks to capture the performance of specific sectors. The sectoral indices comprise the top fifteen most capitalized and liquid companies in the Insurance and Consumer Goods sectors; the top ten most capitalized and liquid companies in the Banking and Industrial Goods sector; and the top seven most capitalized and liquid companies in the Oil & Gas sector.

In July 2012, the Nigerian bourse launched The NSE Lotus Islamic Index (NSE LII) which consists of companies whose business practices are in conformity with Sharia Investment Principles, with the aim of increasing the breadth of the market and creating an important benchmark for investments as the alternative ethical and noninterest investment space widened. The companies that appear on the Islamic Index have been thoroughly screened by Lotus Capital Halal Investment, in accordance with a methodology approved by an internationally recognized Sharia Advisory Board comprising of renowned Islamic scholars.

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