Local Equities Regain Strength as Investors Gain N33bn

September 16, 2023
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By Dipo Olowookere

Data about Nigeria’s rising debt and inflation had a minor impact on the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited on Friday, as late bargain-hunting lifted the bourse by 0.09 per cent at the close of business.

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said yesterday that inflation rose by 25.80 per cent in August from 24.08 per cent in July, just as the Debt Management Office (DMO) revealed that the country’s debt rose by 75.3 per cent to N87.38trn in the second quarter of this year.

Investors shrugged off these concerns, including news that Brent sold at $94 per barrel, to mop up some equities with sound fundamentals, particularly MTN Nigeria, Zenith Bank, and others.

Consequently, the All-Share Index (ASI) went up by 60.44 points to 67,395.74 points from 67,335.30 points, and the market capitalisation grew by N33 billion to N36.886 trillion from N36.853 trillion.

It was observed that at midday, the stock exchange was looking like the bears would maintain the dominance until things changed due to strong investor sentiment, leading to 29 stocks finishing on the gainers’ table, as 19 stocks ended on the losers’ log, indicating a positive market breadth index.

Chams finished on top of the gainers’ chart after its value rose by 10.00 per cent to N1.10, Cutix gained 9.95 per cent to settle at N2.43, Cornerstone improved by 9.38 per cent to N1.40, Caverton jumped by 8.46 per cent to N1.41, and United Capital surged by 8.13 per cent to N17.30.

Leading the losers’ gang was Conoil, which fell by 10.00 per cent to N89.10, MRS Oil shed 9.96 per cent to close at N98.55, ABC Transport went down by 9.64 per cent to 75 Kobo, Tantalizers dropped 9.52 per cent to 38 Kobo, and Neimeth crumbled by 9.36 per cent to N1.55.

Business Post reports that the insurance, banking and consumer goods sectors appreciated by 2.15 per cent, 0.48 per cent, and 0.37 per cent apiece, as the energy and industrial goods counters depreciated by 1.80 per cent and 0.08 per cent, respectively.

The activity level waned on the last trading session of the week, with the trading volume, value, and the number of deals going down by 48.14 per cent, 63.38 per cent, and 20.86 per cent apiece as investors transacted 408.9 million shares valued at N5.2 billion in 6,972 deals versus the 788.5 million shares worth N14.2 billion exchanged in 8,810 deals on Thursday.

Sterling Holdings traded 82.3 million equities worth N314.2 million to lead the activity chart, Transcorp traded 59.7 million shares valued at N364.9 million, UBA transacted 48.1 million stocks for N787.6 million, GTCO sold 26.4 million equities for N926.9 million, and Oando exchanged 21.9 million shares valued at N231.3 million.

Dipo Olowookere

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan.

Mr Olowookere can be reached via [email protected]

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