Despite the economic downturn recorded in the second quarter of the year, Q2’20, investors in the Nigerian stock market gained about N332 billion in the month of August 2020, thus defying the negative sentiment from the country’s abysmal Gross Domestic Product, GDP, ﬁgures which show -6.1 percent.
Consequently, the Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE major market indicator, All Share Index, ASI went up 2.6 percent to close at 25,327.13 points on Monday from 24,693/73 points it opened in the ﬁrst trading day of August. Market capitalisation which represents the value of stocks traded in the market appreciated by N332 billion to close at N13.2 trillion from N12.8 trillion at the beginning of August 2020.
Meanwhile, market operators have stated that the contraction in the GDP did not come as a surprise and so, did not have any negative impact on the stock market in the near term.
They argued that the contraction has long been expected and investors have priced the eﬀect into their investment, noting that the ﬁnancial performance of companies quoted in the stock market would determine how the market fares in the near term.
The operators said that the government must, as a matter of urgency, accelerate policy implementation in the
power, energy and other key sectors of the economy in order to pull the economy out of the negative zone or forestall further dive to the red zone.