Losses on the Nigerian Stock Exchange extended into the fifth consecutive trading session on Tuesday as the All Share Index declined by 1.02 per cent, dragging the year-to-date return to -0.4 per cent two days after the governorship and House of Assembly polls.
The investors lost N289bn after the presidential and National Assembly elections, and N228bn in two days as the market capitalization of equities listed on the floor of the NSE dropped from N11.998tn on Tuesday last week to N11.978tn on Wednesday and N11.937tn on Thursday.
On Friday, the market capitalisation dropped further to N11.905tn.
The bearish sentiment persisted as the market opened this week on a bearish note, recording a loss of N108bn on Monday and a further N120bn on Tuesday to close at N11.677tn.
The market recorded positive performance in the first 24 minutes of trading on Tuesday, after which it started to decline at 10:43 am.
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The biggest decline for the day was recorded at 12:37 pm, shedding 102.6 basis points in two minutes.
The banking sector recorded the biggest loss, down by 2.26 per cent on the back of major sell-offs witnessed in Guaranty Trust Bank Plc and Zenith Bank Plc.
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Nissan to recall over 40,000 cars due to malfunction of brake fluid leak
Japanese automaker gaint Nissan says, it’s recalling nearly 400,000 vehicles in the U.S. because of a braking system defect that could cause them to catch fire.
Users and Owners are advised to park affected vehicles outside and away from structures if the anti-lock brake system warning light comes on for more than 10 seconds.
The Japanese automaker says a pump seal may become worn down and cause brake fluid to leak. “If the warning is ignored … the brake fluid leak may potentially create an electrical short in the actuator circuit, which in rare instances, may lead to a fire,” the company says in documents sent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The recall affects four different models in the U.S.: the Nissan Murano SUV, model years 2015 to 2018; Maxima sedans, model years 2016 to 2018; and the Infiniti QX60 and Nissan Pathfinder SUVs, model years 2017 to 2019.
Nissan says in a statement emailed to NPR that it is working on a fix and that owners of affected vehicles will be notified beginning in early December 2019. “Once the remedy is available, owners will receive a final notification letter asking them to bring their vehicle to an authorized Nissan dealer or INFINITI retailer to have the remedy work completed at no cost for parts or labor,” the company says.
This isn’t the first time Nissan has had problems with brake fluid leaks. Last year, for example, Nissan recalled more than 215,000 vehicles. The automaker says vehicles in the 2018 recall that haven’t been repaired are included in the current recall.
World food prices hike for first time in five months: U.N. FAO
World food prices rose for the first time in five months in October, boosted by jumps in quotations for sugar and cereals, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) food price index, which measures monthly changes for a basket of cereals, oilseeds, dairy products, meat and sugar, averaged 172.7 points in October, up 1.7% on the previous month and 6.0% year-on-year.
FAO also predicted that cereal production would be 2.704 billion tonnes in 2019, slightly lower than its last forecast.
The FAO sugar price index jumped 5.8% from September levels, largely because of expectations of lower supplies in the year ahead following forecasts of large reductions in sugar output in India and Thailand.
The cereal price index rose 4.2%, with wheat and maize export prices climbing on the back of reduced crop prospects in several major producing countries and “robust trade activity”. By contrast, rice prices fell, hit by subdued demand and expectations of an abundant basmati harvest.
The vegetable oil price index increased 0.5% to reach its highest level in more than a year, while the meat price index rose 0.9%, driven by higher import demand especially from China.
By contrast, the dairy price index dropped 0.7% in October, as lower quotations for cheese offset increases in those for skimmed and whole milk powders, FAO said.
FAO lowered its forecast for global cereal production in 2019 by some 2 million tonnes, pegging world cereal output at 2.704 billion tonnes, but still up 1.8% from 2018 levels.
The U.N. agency said worldwide coarse grain production in 2019 was seen at 1.425 billion tonnes, down 1.3 million on the previous forecast.
Wheat output was seen at 765 million tonnes, down nearly 1 million tonnes on the last outlook, but still on course to set a new record and up 4.5% on 2018 levels.
The forecast for global rice production was put at 513.4 million tonnes, little changed on the previous forecast and slightly below 2018 levels.
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