Bearish sentiments dominated the local bourse last week, as the market recorded losses on four of the five trading sessions following profit-taking activities.
Accordingly, the All-Share Index (ASI) of the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) declined 53.74 points or 0.12 per cent week-on-week (W-o-W) to 43,199.27 basis points, just as investments of equities investors reduced by N28 billion as the market capitalisation close the week at N22.554 trillion.
Also, the sub-sector gauges mirrored the benchmark index as most of the indices closed southwards. The NGX Banking, NGX Insurance, NGX Consumer Goods, NGX Oil & Gas, and the NGX Industrial indices plummeted by 1.60 per cent, 0.47 per cent, 1.41 per cent, 3.63 per cent and 0.10 per cent to close at 391.61 points, 176.79 points, 560.85 points, 368.03 points, and 2,194.36 points respectively.
The market breadth for the week was positive as 15 equities appreciated at price, 49 equities depreciated in price, while 92 equities remained unchanged. Vitafoam Nigeria led the gainers’ table by 17.11 per cent to close at N21.90, per share. e-Tranzact International followed with a gain of 10.00 per cent to close at N2.09, while Prestige Assurance went up by 9.30 per cent to close to 47 kobo, per share.
On the other side, Cutix Plc led the decliners table by 42.68 per cent to close at N3.21, per share. Nigerian Exchange Group (NGXGroup) followed with a loss of 11.88 per cent to close at N15.95, while TotalEnergies Marketing Nigeria declined by 9.97 per cent to close at N216.80, per share.
Overall, a total turnover of 1.392 billion shares worth N27.886 billion in 19,990 deals were traded last week by investors on the floor of the Exchange, in contrast to a total of 1.471 billion shares valued at N20.941 billion that exchanged hands last week in 20,410 deals.
The Financial Services Industry (measured by volume) led the activity chart with 1.082 billion shares valued at N11.579 billion traded in 11,612 deals; contributing 77.72 per cent and 41.52 per cent to the total equity turnover volume and value respectively. The Consumer Goods Industry followed with 105.796 million shares worth N11.831 billion in 2,657 deals, while the Conglomerates Industry traded a turnover of 56.136 million shares worth N73.687 million in 575 deals.
Trading in the top three equities; FBN Holdings (FBNH), Guaranty Trust Holding Company (GTCO), and Sterling Bank accounted for 638.319 million shares worth N8.542 billion in 4,116 deals, contributing 45.85 per cent and 30.63 […]