Bellwethers dip equities further
13 July 2019 | 2:23 pm
Nigeria's Equities market continued its negative run for the fourth consecutive session, as some market bellwethers continue to falter. Peju Siyanbola, Research Analyst at FSDH Merchant Bank joins CNBC Africa for more.
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