Equities market advances by N42bn over gain in MTN Nigeria, others


Transactions on the Nigerian Stock Exchange on Tuesday rebounded further N42billion, just as the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) reduced interest rate to 11.5 per cent from previous 12.5 per cent.

The market capitalisation rose by N42 billion or 0.31 per cent to close at N13.407 trillion against N13.365 trillion achieved on Monday.

Also, the All-Share Index which opened at 25,574.35 basis points inched higher by 80.55 basis points to close at 25,654.90 basis points following gains posted by MTN Nigeria and eight other equities.

Accordingly, the month-to-date gain increased to 1.3 per cent while the year-to-date loss moderated to -4.4 per cent.

Sector performances were broadly negative today as the Banking (-0.60 per cent), Oil & Gas (-0.15 per cent), Industrial (-0.11per cent) and Consumer Goods (-0.10 per cent) sectors all closed in the red.

The upturn was impacted by gains recorded in large and medium capitalised stocks, amongst which are; MTNN, Red Star Express, FBN Holdings, Dangote Sugar Refinery and Trans-Nationwide Express.

Analysts at Afrinvest Limited expected bargain hunting to persist in the market.

Red Star Express led the gainers’ chart in percentage terms, gaining 9.80 per cent to close at N3.25 per share.

Consolidated Hallmark Insurance followed with 9.68 per cent to close at 34k, while Trans-Nationwide Express rose by 9.33 per cent to close at 82k per share.

Lasaco Assurance rose by four per cent to close at 26k, while MTNN appreciated by 2.41 per cent to close at N123 per share.

Conversely, Union Bank of Nigeria topped the losers’ chart in percentage terms, dropping 6.54 per cent to close at N5 per cent.

Cornerstone Insurance trailed with 6.25 per cent to close at 60k, while Linkage Assurance lost five per cent to close at 38k per share.

Mutual Benefits Assurance, Chams and Courteville Business Solutions shed 4.76 per cent each to close at 20k per share each.

In the same vein, the volume of shares traded rose by 33.62 per cent with 262.05 million shares worth N4.39 billion achieved in 3,254 deals.

This was in contrast with 196.12 million shares valued at N1.73 billion exchanged in 3,542 deals on Monday.

Transactions in the shares of Zenith Bank topped the activity chart with 45.88 million shares worth N766.27 million.

FBN Holdings accounted for 24.14 million shares valued at N119.50 million, while Transcorp sold 20.97 million shares worth N12.55 million.

FCMB Group traded 20.53 million shares valued at N42.28 million, while Guaranty Trust Bank transacted 20.33 million shares worth N516.43 million.

“The equities market closed up today on the back of the gains recorded in MTN Nigeria  (+2.41 per cent). Going forward, we expect investors sentiments to be tepid in the absence major news flows that may sway the direction of the market.

“Nonetheless, we reiterate that this may be a great period to pick up some quality names with a medium to long term investment horizon,” analysts at InvestmentOne research explained.