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Investors Trade N7.4m Unlisted Shares as Index Sheds 0.50%



By Adedapo Adesanya

Transactions at the NASD Over-the-Counter (OTC) Securities Exchange further closed bearish on Wednesday, July 8 on the back of the 0.50 percent loss printed by the market.

At the previous session, the market lost 0.73 percentage points and yesterday, the woes continued despite an improvement in the trading volume.

Business Post reports that the NASD Unlisted Securities Index (NSI) depreciated at the midweek session by 3.54 points to 708.20 points from 711.74 of the previous day.

In the same vein, the market capitalisation of the exchange reduced by N2.6 billion to N520.22 billion compared with N522.82 billion it ended in the preceding session.

It was observed that yesterday’s loss was caused by Central Securities Clearing Systems (CSCS) Plc just like it did on Tuesday.

The securities depository company saw its share price lose 4 percent or 52 kobo at the bourse to close at N13.01 per share versus N13.53 per share it previously closed. On Tuesday, the stock dropped N1.45.

On the activity chart, the volume of shares transacted by investors improved by 726.2 percent as NASD investors traded 315,967 units yesterday compared with 38,245 units they traded the previous day.

These securities were executed in 10 deals compared with Tuesday’s 11 deals, representing a decline by 9.1 percent or one deal.

A further analysis showed that Wednesday’s 10 deals were carried out on only two securities at the OTC market; FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria Plc (three deals) and CSCS Plc (eight deals).

The total value of the transactions recorded at the midweek trading day, however, depreciated by 0.4 percent as shares worth N7.4 million were traded at the bourse, with FrieslandCampina contributing N3.7 million and CSCS Plc accounting for N3.71 million.

ARM Life Plc closed the session as the company with the highest volume of shares traded so far this after trading 7.4 billion units worth N4.6 billion. CSCS followed with 196.8 million units valued at N2.6 billion, while Food Concept Plc has transacted 115 million units worth N77 million.

By the trading value (year-to-date), ARM Life Plc also maintained the top spot with 7.4 billion units of securities traded for N4.6 billion, while CSCS Plc has exchanged 196.8 million units for N2.6 billion, with Niger Delta Exploration and Production (NDEP) Plc trading 7.9 million units of its securities valued at N2.4 billion.

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.



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