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Nigerian Exchange records marginal gain

Joseph Oyekanmi

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The Nigerian equity market halted last week’s downtrend on Monday, driven by gains recorded by WEMA BANK, GTCO and PRESCO.

The All Share Index increased was marginally up 0.01% to settle at 3 7,952.6 5 points, Market Capitalization increased by ₦2.8 4billion to settle at ₦1 9.8tn, bringing the year to date loss to -5.7 6%.

The volume stocks traded increased by 73.50% to 462.8 million units while the value traded declined by -60.59% to ₦1.20billion.

The most active stocks by volume were JAIZ BANK (217.1 2million units), STERLING BANK (7 8.18 million units) and WEMA BANK (19.15 million units) while NB (₦138.7 4million), STERLING BANK (₦119.5 5million) and JAIZ BANK (₦116.6 2mn) led by value.

Bargain hunting in LIVESTOCK (+4.7 9%), PRESCO (+2.9 4%) and UPL (+9.9 3%) ensured that the Agriculture and Services sector led the gainers with an increase of 1.2 4% and 0.3 3% respectively.

In addition, the Oil & Gas and Consumer Goods indices gained 0.16% and 0.06% respectively due to buy interests in ETERNA (+1 0.0 0%), CHAMPION (+7.1 4%) and HONEY FLOUR ( +6.7 5%).

Also, the Industrial Goods index gained 0.0 2% due to buy interest in CUTIX (+9.9 2%).

On the flip side, the Banking Index stood at (-0.3 6%) due to Sell-offs in STERLING BANK (-3.2 1%), UBN (-2.6 8%) and FBNH (-0.6 8%).

The Healthcare and ICT indices closed flat.

The top gainers were ETERNA (+1 0.0 0%), UPL (+9.9 3%), CUTIX ( +9.9 2%) , REGALINS (+8.8 9%) and LEARNAFRCA ( +8.7 6%) while FTNCOCOA (-7.3 2%), SOVRENINS (-6.0 6%), ETI (-3.7 7%), STERLNBANK (-3.2 1%) and UBN (-2.6 8%) lost the most. We expect sentiment to remain upbeat in the next trading session.

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