Stock Investors Lose N12bn Amid Extremely Low Trading Volume

September 22, 2022
Trading Volume

By Dipo Olowookere

Investors trading stocks at the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited lost N12 billion on Wednesday on the back of fresh profit-taking.

Also, the market was significantly quiet during the session as traders stayed away to monitor happenings in the global space, especially in the United States, where the Federal Reserve further increased interest rates to curb rising inflation.

Yesterday, only 51.9 million shares worth N590.0 million exchanged hands in 2,981 deals compared with the 147.6 million shares worth N2.4 billion transacted on Tuesday in 3,323 deals, indicating a decline in the trading volume, value and number of deals by 64.85 per cent, 75.35 per cent and 10.29 per cent, respectively.

Zenith Bank, which recorded the highest volume of trades, sold 6.3 million shares valued at N125.5 million and was followed by GTCO, which sold 5.0 million stocks for N94.9 million. Sterling Bank transacted 4.9 million equities for N7.3 million, Fidelity Bank exchanged 3.9 million shares for N13.6 million, while Transcorp traded 3.0 million equities worth N3.1 million.

Business Post reports that the banking sector witnessed bargain hunting in the midweek session, but the 0.49 per cent rise it reported could not save the market from falling.

This was because the losses posted by the other sectors were too heavy on the exchange as the insurance space crashed by 1.21 per cent, the energy counter weakened by 0.10 per cent, the industrial goods sector fell by 0.03 per cent, and the consumer goods sector depreciated by 0.02 per cent.

When the market closed for the day, the All-Share Index (ASI) was down by 0.05 per cent or 23.40 points to 49,421.91 points from 49,445.31 points, while the market capitalisation decreased by N12 billion to N26.658 trillion from N26.670 trillion.

The market breadth was negative yesterday as there were 12 price losers and 10 price gainers.

Academy Press lost 9.78 per cent to finish at N1.66, NEM Insurance dropped 6.08 per cent to settle at N5.25, Cadbury Nigeria declined by 5.45 per cent to N13.00, Jaiz Bank retreated by 4.76 per cent to 80 Kobo, while NGX Group went down by 4.38 per cent to N18.55.

On the flip side, Unity Bank appreciated on Wednesday by 10.00 per cent to quote at 44 Kobo, Multiverse improved by 9.82 per cent to N3.13, Fidelity Bank grew by 5.46 per cent to N3.67, Honeywell Flour expanded by 3.98 per cent to N2.35, and Chams rose by 3.45 per cent to 30 Kobo.

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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