Oct 24 (Lagos) - Amidst a rise in inventories, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation
last week cut the official selling prices (OSPs) of a number of its crude grades in a bid to become more competitive in the global oil market.
Specifically, the premium on Qua Iboe and Bonny Light over Dated Brent were cut to $0.17 (prev: $1.07) and $0.07 respectively whilst the discount on Forcados was increased to $0.41, according to the price list. The price cut comes on the heels of complaints from Nigeria’s crude marketers about high OSPs.
After hitting a 15-month high last Wednesday on the back of an output curb deal by OPEC, oil prices retreated last Friday following Nigeria’s price cut and after Russia said it could boost production. In a related development, the World Bank raised its oil price forecast for 2017
to $55 per barrel (prev: $53 per barrel), citing the growing likelihood of the OPEC agreement to freeze production levels.
Meanwhile, the September FAAC allocation fell to ?420 billion, representing an 18% m/m decrease. The Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Finance - Dr. Mahmoud Isa-Dutse attributed this to a shock in crude oil volumes owing to attacks on oil facilities and pipeline vandalism.
He further stated that allocations from Value Added Tax and Customs duty collection
also slumped compared to August.
The Nigerian bourse traded lower for the first three sessions amidst thin market volumes as investors trod waters ahead of major earnings releases. However, market sentiment turned on Thursday, particularly in the banking sector following investor reaction to 9M’16 earnings (PAT up 60% y/y) of Guaranty Trust Bank PLC. Also, during the course of the week, Mobil Oil
Nigeria PLC announced Exxon Mobil’s (its majority shareholder) decision to sell its 60% equity stake to NIPCO Investments Limited.
At week close, the NSE
ASI traded flat amidst investor reaction to CADBURY’s 9M’16 earnings (net loss: ?842 million). Overall, the NSE
ASI posted w/w decline of 95bps
with ytd loss extended to 3.65%.
Whilst analysts at Vetiva Capital Management Ltd in Victoria Island
observe that Friday’s market turnover returned to the low levels typical of the past week, we note that investors remained quite active on GUARANTY
(accounted for 30% of market trade) following impressive 9M’16 earnings. They think this market pattern will persist in the week ahead
as investors react to earnings release.
reporting for easykobo.com on Monday, Oct 24 2016 from Lagos, Nigeria
Source - analysts at Vetiva Capital Management Ltd in Victoria Island
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