NGX All-Share Index Crosses Historic 80,000 Basis Points Mark

NGX All-Share Index Crosses Historic 80,000 Basis Points Mark

Kayode Tokede

The Nigerian equities market opened the second week of January 2024 on a positive note yesterday as it crossed the 80,000 basis point historic mark amid gain recorded by 54 stocks.

The Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX)  All-Share Index (ASI) gained 663.92 basis points or 0.83 per cent to close at 80,328.58 basis points from 79,664.66 basis points.

Also, market capitalisation rose by N363 billion to close at N43.957 trillion from N43.594 trillion the stock market closed for trading last week.

Accordingly, the stock market investors Year-to-Date (YtD) return increased to 7.4per cent.

From a sectoral perspective, gains in the NGX Insurance gained 6.3 per cent, NGX Banking added 2.2 per cent, NGX Industrial Goods rose by 0.7 per cent, NGX Oil & Gas appreciated by 0.6per cent), and NGX Consumer Goods grew by 0.1 per cent to reflect the overall market performance.

As measured by market breadth, market sentiment was positive, as 54 stocks gained relative to 18 losers. Cornerstone Insurance, Cutix, Julius Berger, Lasaco Assurance, Omatek Ventures and Jaiz Bank emerged the highest price gainer of 10 per cent each to close at N1.87, N2.75, N46.75, N2.42, 99 kobo and N2.53 respectively, per share.

Wema Bank followed with a gain of 9.89 per cent to close at N8.11, while BUA Foods advanced by 9.29 per cent to close at N152.90, per share.

AXA Mansard Insurance rose by 6.85 per cent to close at N3.90, while Sterling Financial Holdings Company and Royal Exchange appreciated by 9.88 per cent each to close at N6.34 and 89 kobo respectively, per share.

On the other side, DAAR Communications led others on the losers’ chart with 9.30 per cent to close at N1.17, per share. Eterna followed with a decline of 9.30 per cent to close at N15.05, while CWG shed 7.05 per cent to close at N8.30, per share.

PZ Cussons Nigeria lost 6.90 per cent to close at N27.00, while Fidelity Bank depreciated by 5.99 per cent to close at N13.35, per share.

The total volume traded increased by 33.3 per cent to 1.19 billion units, valued at N15.26 billion, and exchanged in 16,081 deals. Transactions in the shares of Transnational Corporation (Transcorp) led the activity with 298.303 million shares worth N4.078 billion. FCMB Group followed with account of 106.053 million shares valued at N1.084 billion, while Fidelity Bank traded 87.654 million shares valued at N1.189 billion.

Sterling Financial Holdings Company traded 62.547 million shares worth N395.090 million, while Unity Bank traded 32.566 million shares worth N82.329 million.

On equities’ performance, United Capital Plc stated that “in January 2024, we expect the Bulls to prevail, as bargain hunting continues. Given the global developments across major central banks in advanced economies, high base expectations for inflation, and improved economic growth prospects, we expect the local bourse to record a positive performance this new week.

“Investors may continue to cherry-pick stocks with strong fundamentals, (value or growth). However, value stocks may be choice for dividend scouting investors, ahead of full year, 2023 earnings season. At different intervals, we expect mild sell-offs, albeit insignificant.”

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