Q3, 2020 GDP Growth -1.1%
Average GDP Growth for 2020 0.2%
2020 Projected GDP Growth 0.9%
BoG Policy Rate 14.50%
Weekly Interbank Interest Rate 13.58%
Inflation for Feb, 2021 10.3%
End Period Inflation Target - 2021 8.0%
Budget Deficit (% GDP) – Dec, 2020 11.7%
2020 Budget Deficit Target (%GDP) 11.4%
Public Debt (billion GH¢) – Dec, 2020 291.6
Debt to GDP Ratio – Dec, 2020 76.1%
STOCK MARKET REVIEW
The Ghana Stock Exchange edged higher for the week due to MTN Ghana Limited. The GSE Composite Index (GSE CI) added 19.48 points (+0.89%) to close at 2,214.58 points reflecting a year-to-date (YTD) gain of 14.06%. The GSE Financial Stocks Index (GSE FI) meanwhile remained flat at 1,849.04 points, reflecting YTD gain of 3.72%.
Market capitalization for the week was GH¢57,175.68, representing 0.36% increase from GH¢56,968.74 million at the close of the previous week. This reflects YTD increase of 5.15%.
Trading activity weakened for the week relative to activity in the prior week. A total of 1,084,142 shares, valued at GH¢1,830,192.38 changed hands for the week, compared with 10,045,138 shares, valued at GH¢8,491,484.62 in the preceding week.
Cal Bank PLC dominated volume of trades for the week, accounting for 33.25% of total shares traded. GCB Bank on the other hand dominated total trades by value, accounting for 53.10% of total value of shares traded.
The market closed the week with a lone price advancer and decliner as indicated on the table below.
Price Movers for the Week
Equity Opening Price Closing Price Gain/
MTNGH 0.83 0.85 2.41%
Unilever Ghana Ltd. 6.73 6.06 -9.96%
5 Best & Worst Performing Stocks
Best 5 Performing Stocks: YTD Return
MTN Ghana Ltd. 32.81%
Societe Generale Ghana PLC 15.63%
Standard Chartered Bank Gh. PLC 11.28%
GCB Bank Ltd. 11.11%
Total Petroleum Ghana Ltd. 9.89%
Worst 5 Performing Stocks:
Cal Bank PLC -1.45%
Access Bank Ghana PLC -2.05
Aluworks Limited -9.09%
Ecobank Transnational Inc. -12.50%
Unilever Ghana PLC -26.90%
The Cedi strengthened against the USD at close of week. It traded at GH¢5.7268/$ on Friday, against GH¢5.7275/$ at week open, reflecting w/w and YTD appreciations of 0.01% and 0.58% respectively against the USD. This compares with YTD appreciation of 3.23% a year ago.
The Cedi also strengthened against the GBP at week close. It traded at GH¢7.9042/£, compared with GH¢7.9358/£ at week open, reflecting w/w appreciation and YTD depreciation of 0.40% and 0.38% respectively against the GBP. This compares with YTD appreciation of 15.68% a year ago.
The Cedi again strengthened against the Euro for the week. It traded at GH¢6.7537/€, compared with GH¢6.8098/€ at week open, reflecting w/w and YTD appreciations of 0.83% and 4.60% respectively against the Euro. This compares with YTD appreciation of 7.97% a year ago.
The Cedi likewise strengthened against the CAD. It opened at GH¢4.5750/C$ but closed at GH¢4.5508/C$, reflecting w/w appreciation and YTD depreciation of 0.53% and 0.47% respectively against the CAD. This compares with YTD appreciation of 14.24% a year ago.
Weekly Interbank Foreign Exchange Rates
Currency Pair Year Open Week Open Week Close Change
01-01-21 22-03-21 26-03-21
USD/GHS 5.7602 5.7275 5.7268 0.01 0.58
GBP/GHS 7.8742 7.9358 7.9042 0.40 -0.38
EUR/GHS 7.0643 6.8098 6.7537 0.83 4.60
CAD/GHS 4.5292 4.5750 4.5508 0.53 -0.47
Source: Bank of Ghana
GOVERNMENT SECURITIES MARKET
Government raised a sum of GH¢1,682.20 million for the week across the 91-Day, 182-Day and 364-Day Treasury Bills. This compared with GH¢2,729.25 million raised in the previous week.
The 91-Day, 182-Day and 364-Day Bills shed 3bps, 1bp and 10bps each to settle at 12.87% p.a, 13.65% p.a and 16.57% p.a respectively.
Security Year Open Previous Yield % Current Yield % WoW Chg (%) YTD Chg (%)
01-01-21 19-03-21 26-03-21
91 Day TB 14.10 12.90 12.87 -0.17 -8.66
182 Day TB 14.15 13.66 13.65 -0.02 -3.50
364 Day TB 16.96 16.67 16.57 -0.57 -2.31
2-Yr FXR TN 18.50 17.60 17.60 0.00 -4.86
3-Yr Bond 19.25 17.70 17.70 0.00 -8.05
5-Yr Bond 19.85 18.30 18.30 0.00 -7.81
6-Yr Bond 19.50 19.25 19.25 0.00 -8.33
7-Yr Bond 20.50 20.50 20.50 0.00 0.00
10-Yr Bond 19.80 19.80 19.80 0.00 0.00
15-Yr Bond 19.75 19.75 19.75 0.00 0.00
20-Yr Bond 20.20 20.20 20.20 0.00 0.00
Source: Bank of Ghana
Oil prices posted marginal gains for the week following a blockage of the Suez Canal by a huge container ship that disrupted the movement of oil vessels. Brent futures traded at US$64.57 a barrel on Friday, reflecting w/w and YTD gains of 0.06% and 24.65% respectively.
Gold prices closed stronger on Friday but ended the week lower pressured by the strength of the USD. Gold futures settled at US$1,732.30 per ounce on Friday, reflecting w/w and YTD losses of 0.54% and 8.59% respectively.
Prices of Cocoa weakened for the third straight week. Cocoa futures settled at US$2,458.00 per tonne, reflecting w/w and YTD losses of 1.40% and 5.57% respectively.
International Commodity Prices
Commodities Year Open Week Open Week Close Chg
01-01-21 22-03-21 26-03-21
Brent crude oil (USD/bbl)
51.80 64.53 64.57
Gold (USD/t oz.)
1,895.10 1,741.70 1,732.30
2,603.00 2,493.00 2,458.00
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