Equities: Boom as investors gain N2.11trn to end week’s session

Consequently, the Year-To-Date (YTD) return rose to 41.39 per cent.

NGX market capitalisation rises 0.53%, investors gain N294bn

Equities, boom, investors gain n2. 11trn. To end week’s session. NgxThe equities market of the Nigerian Exchange Ltd. (NGX) ended the week on a positive note, with a gain of N2.11 trillion week-on-week.

Specifically, the market capitalisation gained N2.11trillion week-on-week and on Friday closed at N57.849 trillion with a gain of N888 billion or 1.56 per cent, as against N56.961 trillion recorded on Thursday.
Similarly, the All-Share Index closed 3.79 per cent week-on-week higher, having gained in four of five trading sessions of the week.

Also, the All-Share Index on Friday rose by 1.56 per cent or 1,623 points to close at 105,722.78 points, compared to 104,100 posted previous session.

Consequently, the Year-To-Date (YTD) return rose to 41.39 per cent.
Buy interests in BUAFOODS, Zenith Bank, Airtel and Geregu  offset selloffs in Guaranty Trust Holding Company (GTCO), Access Corporation and BUA Cement to drive the market’s positive performance.
Meanwhile, an analysis of the market activities showed trade turnover settled higher relative to the previous session, with the value of transactions up by 16.43 per cent.
A total of 342.52 million  shares valued at N8.05 billion were exchanged in 8,395 deals, as against 284.49 million shares valued at N6.91 billion were exchanged in 8,168 deals posted previously.
First Bank of Nigeria Holdings (FBNH) led the activity log both the volume and value with 49.92 million shares worth N1.40 billion.
United Bank of Africa(UBA) followed with 36.90 million shares traded in value of N912.42 million, Unity Bank sold 29.76 million shares worth N757.81 million.
GTCO traded 27.58  million shares valued at N1.10 billion, while Access Corporation sold 19.26 million shares worth N43.40 million.
On the gainers’ log, BUAFOODS and PZ Nigeria led in percentage terms of 10 each to close at N357.50 and N30.25 per share respectively.
Geregu followed by 9.90 per cent to close at N901, Julius Berger garnered 9.88 per cent to close at N55.60 and Juli Plc rose by 9.70 per cent to close at N1.47 per share.
On the other hand, Livestock Feed Plc and FlourMill Nigeria Plc led the losers’ log in percentage terms of 10 each to close at N1.17 and N35.10 respectively.
Meyer trailed closely by 9.97 per cent to close at N5.60, The Initiative Plc(TIP) lost 9.70 per cent to close at N2.14, while Sunu Assurances lost 9.18 per cent to close at N1.78.
However, market breadth closed negative with 28 equities on the laggard’s log and 23 others on the leader’s log.