Q1’ 2020 GDP 4.9%
BoG Policy Rate – May 2020 14.50%
Weekly Interbank Interest Rate 13.69%
Inflation for June, 2020 11.2%
End Period Inflation Target - 2020 8.0%
Budget Deficit (% GDP) – Mar, 2020 3.4%
2020 Budget Deficit Target (%GDP) 7.8%
Public Debt (billion GH¢) – Mar, 2020 236.1
Debt to GDP Ratio – Mar, 2020 59.3%
STOCK MARKET REVIEW
The stock market closed weaker in the review week on the back of losses in 3 tickers. The GSE Composite Index (GSE CI) shed 11.53 points (0.62%) to close at 1,861.24 points, compared to 1,872.77 points at the close of the previous week. This translates into a year-to-date (YTD) loss of 17.54%. The GSE Financial Stocks Index also added 2.65 points to close the week at 1,722.38 points, translating into YTD loss of 14.72%.
Market capitalization decreased by 0.54% for the week from GH¢52,837.03 million at the close of the previous week to GH¢52,551.92 million at the close of the week. This represents YTD decline of 7.46%
There was increased activity on the market compared with that of the preceding week. A total of 30,693,707 shares, valued at GH¢17,523,060.96 changed hands for the week, compared with 6,580,784 shares valued at GH¢3,950,670.76 recorded in the preceding week. MTNGH dominated both volume and value of shares traded for the week. MTNGH accounted for 97.81% (30,023,037 shares) of total volume of shares traded and 97.40% (GH¢17,067,261.36) of total value of shares traded for the week.
The market closed on Friday with three laggards and a lone gainer. Ecobank Transnational Inc. led the laggards for the week after closing trading at GH¢0.06 from GH¢0.07 (-14.29%) at week open. GCB Bank Ltd. was the lone gainer for the week closing trading at GH¢3.74 from GH¢3.40 (+10.00%) at week open.
Thirty-six (36) counters remained flat at the closing bell on Friday.
The graphs and table below highlight activity on the market during the week.
Best 5 &Worst 5 Performing Stocks
Best Performing Stocks: YTD Return
SIC Insurance Company Ltd. 25.00%
Camelot Ghana Ltd. 22.22%
Aluworks Limited 10.00%
Dannex Ayrton Starwin Plc. 2.56%
SCB Preference Share 1.16%
Worst Performing Stocks:
Fan Milk Ltd. -59.95%
Guinness Ghana Breweries Ltd. -28.99%
Republic Bank (Ghana) Ltd. -28.57%
Cal Bank Ltd -26.97%
The Cedi strengthened against the USD on the week. It traded at GH¢5.6709/$ on Friday, compared with GH¢5.6720/$ at week open, reflecting w/w appreciation and YTD depreciation of 0.02% and 2.42% respectively against the USD. This compares with YTD depreciation of 8.32% a year ago.
The Cedi also strengthened against the GBP on the week. It traded at GH¢7.1102/£, compared with GH¢7.1768/£ at week open, reflecting w/w and YTD appreciations of 0.94% and 2.90% respectively against the GBP. This compares with YTD depreciation of 6.08% a year ago.
The Cedi meanwhile weakened against the Euro for the week. It traded at GH¢6.4791/€, compared with GH¢6.4179/€ at week open, reflecting w/w and YTD depreciations of 0.95% and 4.13% respectively against the Euro. This compares with YTD depreciation of 6.51% a year ago.
The Cedi however weakened against the CAD on the week. It opened trading at GH¢4.1733/C$ but closed at GH¢4.1767/C$, reflecting w/w depreciation and YTD appreciation of 0.08% and 2.19% respectively against the CAD. This compares with YTD depreciation of 12.00% a year ago.
Weekly Interbank Foreign Exchange Rates
Currency Pair Year Open Week Open Week Close Change
01/01/20 13/07/20 17/07/20
USD/GHS 5.5337 5.6720 5.6709 0.02 -2.42
GBP/GHS 7.3164 7.1768 7.1102 0.94 2.90
EUR/GHS 6.2114 6.4179 6.4791 -0.95 -4.13
CAD/GHS 4.2681 4.1733 4.1767 -0.08 2.19
Source: Bank of Ghana
GOVERNMENT SECURITIES MARKET
Government raised a total of GH¢1,090.23 million in the week under review across the 91-Day and 182-Day Treasury Bills and a 6-Year Bond. This compared with GH¢933.19 million raised in the previous week.
The 91–Day Treasury Bill and 6-Year Bond both shed 12bps and 150bps to settle at 13.87% and 19.50% respectively. The 182-Day Treasury Bill on the contrary, added 4bps to settle at 14.06%.
Please see below for more details.
Security Year Open Previous Yield % Current Yield % Chg % YTD
01/01/20 10/07/20 17/07/20
91 Day TB 14.70 13.99 13.87 -0.85 -5.62
182 Day TB 15.15 14.02 14.06 0.27 -7.19
364 Day TB 17.90 16.92 16.92 0.00 -5.50
2-Yr FXR TN 20.95 18.75 18.75 0.00 -10.50
3-Yr Bond 19.7 18.85 18.85 0.00 -4.31
5-Yr Bond 19.50 19.25 19.25 0.00 -1.28
6-Yr Bond 21.00 21.00 19.50 -7.14 -7.14
7-Yr Bond 16.25 16.25 16.25 0.00 0.00
10-Yr Bond 19.8 19.8 19.8 0.00 0.00
15-Yr Bond 19.75 19.75 19.75 0.00 0.00
20-Yr Bond 20.2 20.2 20.2 0.00 0.00
Source: Bank of Ghana
Gold prices closed higher for the sixth straight week supported by a new wave of Corona Virus infections and uncertainties over the prospect of a global economic recovery. Gold futures settled at US$1,812.65 per ounce on Friday, reflecting w/w and YTD gains of 0.60% and 19.18% respectively.
Oil prices closed lower for the week on news that OPEC and its allies will roll back 20% of its production cuts from August 2020. Brent futures traded at US$43.14 a barrel on Friday, reflecting w/w and YTD losses of 0.23% and 34.64% respectively.
Prices of Cocoa traded lower for the week. Cocoa futures settled at US$2,166.00 per tonne, reflecting w/w and YTD losses of 4.92% and 14.72% respectively.
International Commodity Prices
Commodities Year Open Week Open Week Close Chg
01/01/20 13/07/20 17/07/20
Brent crude oil (USD/bbl)
66.00 43.24 43.14
Gold (USD/t oz.)
1,520.95 1,801.90 1,812.65
2,540.00 2,278.00 2,166.00
BUSINESS TERM OF THE WEEK
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