NSE All-Share Index extends growth by 0.61%
The Nigerian equities market sustained upward trend on Wednesday with a growth of 0.61 per cent, as investors continued to position in high capitalised stocks.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the All-Share Index (ASI) increased by 160.43 points or 0.61 per cent to close at 26,415.54 against 26,255.11 on Tuesday.
Similarly, the market capitalisation inched N83 billion to close at N13.765 trillion compared with N13.681 trillion on Tuesday.
The upturn was impacted by gains recorded in medium and large capitalised stocks, amongst which are, Nigerian Breweries, UACN, Access Bank, Ecobank Transnational Corporation and FBN Holdings.
Analysts at Afrinvest expected market gains in subsequent trading days of the week due to the opportunity for bargain hunting.
Market breadth closed positive with 22 gainers and 10 decliners.
NEM Insurance and Royal Exchange recorded the highest gain in percentage terms, appreciating by 10 per cent each, to close at N1.87 and 22k per share, respectively.
AXA Mansard Insurance followed with 9.80 per cent to close at N1.68 per share.
FBN Holdings rose by 9.71 per cent to close at N5.65, while ETI appreciated by 9.26 per cent to close at N5.90 per share.
On the other hand, Ardova, formerly Forte Oil led the losers’ chart in percentage terms, dropping by 10 per cent to close at N15.30 per share.
Deap Capital Management and Trust followed with 8.33 per cent to close at 33k, while Consolidated Hallmark Insurance declined by 7.41 to close at 25k per share.
Chams lost 4.76 per cent to close at 20k, while Law Union and Rock Insurance dipped four per cent to close at 96k per share.
In spite of the growth in market indices, the total volume of shares traded declined by 20.7 per cent as investors bought and sold 307.72 million shares worth N2.81 billion in 4.419 deals.
This was in contrast with a turnover of 387.89 million shares worth N5.08 billion exchanged in 4,901 deals on Tuesday.
Transactions in the shares of FBN Holdings topped the activity chart with 50.25 million shares valued at N279.76 million.
Zenith Bank followed with 49.37 million shares worth N966.29 million, while United Bank for Africa accounted for 32.38 million shares valued at N224.61 million.
Guaranty Trust Bank sold 24.82 million shares worth N616.27 million, while Transcorp transacted 20.05 million shares valued at N17.08 million.