The Nigerian equities market returned to Bullish sentiments on Thursday following investors’ interest in Union Bank and United Bank for Africa(UBA) and the first gain of the week.
Specifically, the market capitalisation rose by N29 billion or 0.11 percent to close at N26.782 trillion from N26.753 trillion on Wednesday.
Also, the All-Share Index advanced by 52.52 points or 0.11 percent to close at 49,652.25 against 49,644.92 achieved on Wednesday.
Accordingly, the year-to-date return increased to 16.24 percent.
The upturn was impacted by gains recorded in large and medium capitalised stocks, amongst which are: Ardiva, Chams and Etranzact.
Overall, the market was positive with 19 gainers relative to 9 losers.
Etranzact drove the gainers’ chart in percentage terms by 9.81 percent to close at N2.91 per share.
Ardova followed with a gain 8.94 percent to close at N13.40, while Chams rose by 7.41 percent to close at 29k per share.
Union Bank and FTNCocoa went up by 7.14 percent each to close at N6 and 30k, respectively.
On the other hand, Vitafoarm led the losers’ chart in percentage terms by 9.96 percent to close at N21.25 per share.
Multiverse Mining & Exploration followed with 9.92 percent to close at N2.36 per share.
Champion Breweries shed 4.16 percent to close at N3.69, while African Prudential Assurance lost 3.51 percent each to close at N5.50 per share.
Honeywell Flour Mills fell by 2.77 percent to close at N2.50 per share.
Also, the total volume traded rose by 2.5 percent to 161.88 million units valued at N1.63 billion and exchanged in 3,541 deals.
Transactions in the shares of Transcorp topped the activity chart with 30.97 million shares valued at N34.45 million.
Fidelity Bank followed with 28.71 million shares worth N101.72 million, while Sterling Bank traded 19.82 million shares valued at N29.12 million.
First City Monument Bank (FCMB) traded 11.51 million shares valued at N37.95 million, while UBA transacted 9.4 million shares worth N67.84 million.