Weekly Market Review & Stock Recommendations – August 23, 2021

Weekly Market Review & Stock Recommendations – August 23, 2021

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Global Economic Roundup

OPEC+ sees no need to meet U.S. call for more supply.

OPEC and its allies, including Russia, believe oil markets do not need more oil than they plan to release in the coming months, despite U.S. pressure to add supplies to check an oil price rise. The price of international benchmark Brent crude has risen 35% this year towards $70 a barrel, driven by economic recovery from the pandemic and supply restraint by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its partners in the alliance known as OPEC+. The latest data from OPEC and from the West’s energy watchdog – the International Energy Agency (IEA) – also indicated there was no need for extra oil.

Stocks Suffer Worst Drop in a Month; Dollar Climbs: Markets Wrap

Stocks posted their biggest decline in a month amid concern that the global economic recovery will lose momentum with further shutdowns to contain coronavirus resurgence. Traders watched closely Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s remarks during a town hall with educators and students, where he noted the central bank’s “powerful tools” have limitations. Powell also said that Covid-19 will likely stay “for a while,” and we’re not going back to a pre-pandemic economy. Policy makers will gather next week for the Jackson Hole symposium, the Fed’s most-prominent annual conference.

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the Petroleum Industry Bill 2021 into law.

The Petroleum Industry Act aims to improve transparency in the petroleum sector, calls for 30% of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation’s (NNPC) profit from petroleum sharing contracts to be spent on frontier exploration and proposes a 3% share of oil revenues to be distributed to oil-producing communities. The Senate had passed the bill on July 15, 2021, while the House of Representatives did the same on July 16, thus ending a long wait since the early 2000s. Some activists from civil society organisations have condemned the bill for failing to address critical issues in the oil and gas sector, especially as they concern oil-rich communities.

Some of our recommended stocks are mentioned below;

DANGSUGAR PLC:

Dangsugar Plc’s result for Q2’2021 showed that revenue increased from N103.23bn in Q2  2020 to N131.95bn in Q2 2021 by 28%. Operating profit also increased by 35% from N17.39bn in Q2’2020 to N23.48bn in Q2 2021. Profit before tax rose by 10% from N17 bn in Q2’2020 to N18.75bn in the current period. Profit after tax increased by 9% to N12.6bn in Q2 2021 from N11.5bn in Q2 2020. EPS increased by 7% from N0.97 in Q2’2020 to N1.04 in the current period. Dangsugar Plc has a BVPS of N9.80, P/BV of 1.82x and P/E ratio of 8.58x.

MTNN PLC:

MTNN’s Q2 2021 results showed an increase in revenue by 24% from N638bn in Q2’2020 to N791.26bn in Q2’2021. Operating profit advanced from N204bn in Q2’2020 to N273.7bn in Q2’2021, reflecting an increase of 34%. Profit before tax went up by 54% from N139.57bn in Q2’2020 to N215bn in the current period, due to an 11.41% decrease in finance cost. Profit after tax grew by 49% from N95bn in Q2’2020 to N141.83 bn in Q2’2021, despite a 64% surge in taxes. EPS grew by 49% to N6.97 in Q2’2021 from N4.66 in Q2’2020. MTNN has a BVPS of N9.83, P/BV of 17.50x and P/E ratio of 12.34x.

Please find here our Weekly Market Review & Stock Recommendations for this week.

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