JUST IN: Stock Market Starts Week Down With N238bn Loss

Stock Market Starts Week Down With N238bn Loss

Stock Market Starts Week Down With N238bn Loss

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The domestic stock market yesterday started the week in negative territory as the overall capitalization declined by N238 billion.

The All-Share Index (ASI) lost 421.91 points, representing a loss of 0.40 per cent to close at 104,663.34 points. Also, market capitalisation dipped by N238 billion to close at N59.178 trillion.

The downturn was driven by price depreciation in large and medium capitalised stocks amongst which are; MTN Communications (MTNN), Sugar Refinery, Guaranty Holding Company (), Zenith and Transnational Corporation (Transcorp).

This week, United Capital Plc stated that, “we expect mixed sentiments towards the equities market, with bearish sentiment persisting at the background, given the elevated regime. 

However, we expect solid corporate actions and fundamentals to continue to spur pockets of bargain hunting activities among investors.”

However, market breadth closed positive, as 27 stocks gained relative to 18 losers. Associated Company emerged the highest price gainer of 9.86 per cent to close at 78 kobo, per share.  

NEM Insurance followed with a gain of 9.77 per cent to close at N7.30, while Livestock Feeds advanced by 9.68 per cent to close at N1.70, per share.

Exchange Group rose by 9.55 per cent to close at N24.10, while Thomas Wyatt Nigeria appreciated by 9.34 per cent to close at N1.99, per share. On the other side, McNichols led others on the losers' chart with 9.30 per cent to close at N1.17, per share. DAAR Communications followed with a decline of 8.97 per cent to close at 71 kobo, while UPDC shed 7.89 per cent to close at N1.40, per share.

MTNN lost 7.58 per cent to close at N247.50, while Regency Alliance Insurance depreciated by 5.13 per cent to close at 37 kobo, per share.

The total volume traded went up by 32.34 per cent to 287.446 million units, valued at N10.801 billion, and exchanged in 9,077 deals.

Transactions in the shares of United Bank for (UBA) led the activity with 46.232 million shares worth N1.190 billion. GTCO followed with account of 35.350 million shares valued at N1.651 billion, while Transcorp traded 21.506 million shares valued at N325.986 million.

Zenith Bank traded 21.488 million shares worth N834.055 million, while FBN Holdings (FBNH) traded 17.920 million shares worth N698.140 million.

 

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