Equity market further appreciates, investors gain N227bn

Investors also gained N227 billion or 0.4 per cent, as the market capitalisation which opened at N56.083 trillion, closed at N56,310 trillion.

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Equity market,further appreciates, investors gain N227bnThe domestic bourse on Wednesday closed on the positive with a gain of 0.4 per cent, as investors sustained buy interest in the shares of Transcorp Power(TransPower), alongside Tier-one banks.

Specifically, the shares of Transpower, which opened at N290.40, gained 9.99 per cent to  close at N319.40 per share.

Consequently, the Nigerian Exchange Ltd(NGX) All-Share Index gained 0.4 per cent or 744 points to close at 99,591.64, as against 99,190.46 recorded on Tuesday.

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Investors also gained N227 billion or 0.4 per cent, as the market capitalisation which opened at N56.083 trillion, closed at N56,310 trillion.

As a result, the Year-To-Date  return rose to 33.19 per cent.
Sustained investor interest in Transpower, FBN Holdings, Transnational Corporation (Transcorp) and C& I Leasing kept the market’s performance green.
However, an analysis of the market activities showed trade turnover which settled lower relative to the previous session, with the value of transactions down by 38.63 per cent.
A total of 416.48 million shares valued at N19.51 billion were exchanged in 9,338 deals, compared to 429.64 million shares valued at N19.92 billion exchanged in 10,749 deals posted in previous session.
Meanwhile, TransPower led the gainers log by 9.99 per cent to close at N319.40, Transcorp followed closely by 9.96 per cent to close at N18.99 per share.
FBNH added 9.95 per cent to close at N34.25, Africa Prudential Plc rose by 9.49 per  cent to close at N7.50 and C&I Leasing Plc appreciated by 9.48 per cent to close at N3.81 per share.
Conversely, Tantalizers and Ikeja Hotels led the losers’ log in percentage terms of 10 each to close at 36k and N6.75 per share respectively.
National Salt Company of Nigeria(NASCON) lost 9.97 per cent to close at N48.15, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated(ETI) shed 9.96 per cent to close at N24.10.
Also, Livestock Feed Plc went down by 9.82 per cent to close at N1.47 per share.
Transcorp led the activity log in volume with trade of 67.34 million shares valued at N1.28 billion, FBNH followed with 47.69 million shares worth N154.79 million.
Guaranty Trust Holding Company (GTCO) traded 37.47 million shares valued at N1.56 billion, TransPower sold 36.86 million shares worth N11.78 billion to lead the chart in value.
United Bank of Africa (UBA) transacted 29.78 million shares worth N660.45 million.
However, market breadth closed negative with 29 equities on the laggards table and 18 others on the leaders table.