Nigerian stocks fell the most in two years as skittish investors shied away from assets they deem too risky. Analysts and money managers said the declines weren’t justified and didn’t reflect positive developments in Africa’s largest oil producer.
The Nigeria Stock Exchange All Share Index tumbled 3.4 percent to 36,816.29 by the close in Lagos Friday, the biggest decline since May 2016 and the lowest level since November. The benchmark index, the world’s best-performing in January, on Thursday gave up its gains for 2018.
“Sentiment globally is less positive than it was on emerging and frontier markets and it is probably floating over to Nigeria,” said Paul Clark, a money manager in Johannesburg at Ashburton Investments, which owns Nigerian stocks including Seplat Petroleum Development Co. “Fundamentally, I don’t see any reason why the Nigerian market should be weak.”
Nigerian stocks surged earlier this year as rising prices for oil, the nation’s biggest export, eased foreign currency shortages and as investors from outside the country were attracted to the market by higher-yielding assets than those in developed markets. The Nigerian is striving to achieve economic growth targets before the continent’s most-populous country holds elections in February.
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- [By Peter Graham]
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- [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
vTv Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: VTVT) shares surged 115 percent to $2.56.
Seadrill Limited (NYSE: SDRL) gained 77 percent to $0.3935. On Tuesday, a U.S. court approved the company's plan to exit Chapter 11 bankruptcy that includes raising around $1 billion in new debt and equity through a rights offering which will be led by its biggest shareholder.
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Sibanye Gold Limited (NYSE: SBGL) gained 6.5 percent to $3.59 after dropping 4.53 percent on Tuesday.
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CSX Corporation (NASDAQ: CSX) gained 6.1 percent to $60.01 after reporting upbeat quarterly earnings
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- [By Chris Lange]
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- [By Stephan Byrd]
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- [By Lisa Levin]
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- [By Jeremy Bowman]
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- [By JJ Kinahan]
It’s all retail all the time this week, with Kohl’s Corporation (NYSE: KSS), Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT), Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW), Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS), Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL), and Tiffany & Co (NYSE: TIF) among the big names scheduled to report. Last week saw mixed signals from retailers, with Macy’s Inc. (NYSE: M) and Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) both delivering impressive results while J.C. Penney Company Inc. (NYSE: JCP) and Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) received poor reviews from the Street. TGT is arguably the biggest one to watch in the days ahead (see more detail below).
- [By Steve Symington]
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