NGX Mid-Week Market Capitalisation Decline by N191 Billion

The Nigerian Stock Exchange finished Wednesday negatively, leading market capitalisation down. 

The NGX All-Share Index (ASI) declined 336.82 points, representing a 0.32% decline, to close at 104,181.32 points. Also, market capitalisation declined by N191 billion to close at N58.905 trillion.

Price depreciation in large and medium-capitalisation stocks, such as FBN Holdings (FBNH), Access Holdings, Stanbic IBTC Holdings, NEM Insurance, and Guaranty Trust Holding Company (GTCO), were said to be the primary cause of the downturn.

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As measured by market breadth, market sentiment was positive, as 21 stocks gained relative to 32 losers. 

Top Gainers: University Press led with a gain of 9.84% to close at N2.68 per share. SCOA Nigeria followed with a gain of 9.69% to close at N2.15, while Morison Industries advanced by 9.66% to close at N1.93 per share. Cutix rose by 9.62% to close at N2.85, while Mutual Benefits Assurance appreciated by 9.38% to close at 70 kobo per share. 

Top Losers: International Energy Insurance and Caverton Offshore Support Group led the chart with 10% each to close at N1.44 and N1.62, respectively, while Thomas Wyatt Nigeria followed with a decline of 9.63% to close at N1.97 per share. NEM Insurance lost 9.60% to close at N8.95, while Tantalizers depreciated by 9.52% to close at 38 kobo per share.

The total volume traded declined by 25.75% to 405.026 million units, valued at N8.908 billion, and exchanged in 10,364 deals. Transactions in the shares of Access Holdings led the activity with 50 million shares worth N1.242 billion. United Bank for Africa (UBA) followed with 49.006 million shares valued at N1.370 billion, while Transnational Corporations (Transcorp) traded 45.947 million shares valued at N612.799 million.

Zenith Bank traded 41.877 million shares worth N1.864 billion, while Guaranty Trust Holding Company traded 29.703 million shares worth N1.569 billion.

This week, United Capital Plc said, “We expect bargain-hunting activities to continue, with the recent release of a flurry of full-year 2023 audited financial statements and corporate actions. We expect a sustained southward trend of short-term rates in the fixed income market to motivate further bullish sentiments toward equity investments at different intervals.”

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