Equities Market Gains N141bn In Market Capitalization
Recovering from the previous session’s loss, the equities market of the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) on Thursday posted gains that jacked up the overall capitalization rose by N141 billion on gains in the shares of NASCON Allied Industries Plc and 23 others.
The NGX All-Share Index (ASI) gained 87.91 basis points or 0.13 per cent to close at 66,570.19 basis points. Also, market capitalisation rose by N141 billion to close at N36.527 trillion.
The upturn was driven by price appreciation in large and medium capitalised stocks amongst which are; NASCON Allied Industries, Vitafoam Nigeria, Julius Berger, Dangote Sugar Refinery and GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Nigeria.
Market breadth closed positive as 24 stocks advanced relative to 19 decliners. Wema Bank emerged as the highest price gainer of 9.93 per cent to close at N4.65, while Thomas Wyatt Nigeria followed with a gain of 9.74 per cent to close at N2.14, per share.
Regency Alliance Insurance advanced by 8.82 per cent to close at 37 kobo, while Royal Exchange and DAAR Communications rose by 8.70 per cent each to close at 50 kobo and 25 kobo respectively, per share.
On the other side, Champion Breweries led others on the losers’ chart with 9.87 per cent to close at N3.38, per share. Chellarams followed with a decline of 9.84 per cent to close at N3.48, while Associated Bus Company shed 9.72 per cent to close at 65 kobo, per share.
UACN Property Development Company (UPDC) went down by 8.57 per cent to close at N1.28, while McNichols depreciated by 7.69 per cent to close at 60 kobo, per share.
The total volume of trade increased by 54.27 per cent to 1.014 billion units, valued at N4.733 billion, and exchanged in 6,959 deals. Transactions in the shares of NEIMETH International Pharmaceuticals led the activity with 657.095 million shares worth N985.650 million. Oando followed with an account of 75.146 million shares valued at N771.244 million, while Universal Insurance traded 47.225 million shares valued at N11.203 million.
Fidelity Bank traded 35.143 million shares worth N288.092 million, while Sterling Financial Holdings Company traded 24.430 million shares worth N87.370 million.