By CHINEDU IBEABUCHI
The value of investors’ equities on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE, gained N151.36 billion to end the Christmas week on a positive note.
Specifically, the total value of equities listed on the exchange, also known as market capitalization, appreciated by 1.73 per cent to close at N8.907 trillion from N8.75 trillion.
Another market indicator, the NSE All-Share Index also appreciated by 1.69 per cent to close at 27,866.51 from 27,402.54 points.
The stock market opened for three days as Tuesday and Wednesday were declared Public Holidays to celebrate the Christmas and Boxing Day.
A review of the equity price movements indicated that price of thirty-one (31) equities appreciated while twenty-one (21) equities recorded price losses and prices of one hundred and forty-three (143) equities remained constant. When compared with the preceding week, forty (40) equities gained while thirty five (35) equities recorded price losses and prices of one hundred and twenty (120) equities remained constant.
Guinness Nigeria Plc recorded the highest gain, appreciating by N11.12 to close at N272.12 from N261.00 per share. This was followed by Dangote Cement Plc that gained N6.10 to close at 128.10 per share, while Okomu Oil Palm Plc rose by N3.89 to close at N41.89 per share.
Other price gainers in the top ten category include: Lafarge Wapco Plc- N1.35, National Salt Company Nigeria Plc -N0.96, UACN Property Development Company Limited -N0.8, Nigerian Breweries Plc -N0.70, Zenith Bank Plc -N0.43, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated -N0.38, and B.O.C. Gases Plc -N0.29, among others.
On the other hand, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc recorded the highest loss, depreciating by N0.35 to close at N 23.00 from N23.35 per share.
This was followed by Oando Plc that lost N0.23 to close at N12.22 per share, and Portland Paints & Products Nigeria Plc dropped by N0.21 to close at N4.16 per share.
Other share price losers in the ten top category include: Presco Plc N0.20, John Holt Plc N0.17, Trans-Nationwide Express Plc N0.14, U B A Plc N0.11, FBN Holdings Plc N0.11, May & Baker Nigeria Plc N0.07, and Nestle Nigeria Plc N0.06, among others.
Meanwhile, equity transactions depreciated 55.84 per cent last week, with a turnover of 571.077 million shares valued at N5.246 billion in 7,579 deals in contrast to a total of 1.293 billion shares valued at N13.725 billion that exchanged hands penultimate week in 20,499 deals.
The Financial Services sector was the most active during the week under review (measured by turnover volume) with 387.860 million shares valued at N3.163 billion that exchanged hands by investors in 4,454 deals
Volume in the sector was largely driven by activity in the shares of UBA Plc, Zenith Bank Plc, FBN Holdings Plc and First City Monument Bank Plc. Trading in the shares of the four Banks accounted for 202.626 million shares, representing 52.24 per cent and 35.48 per cent of the sector turnover and total turnover traded during the week respectively.
The Conglomerates sector boosted by activity in the shares of Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc followed on the week’s activity chart with a turnover of 94.154 million shares valued at N107.592 million in 271 deals.
The Consumers Goods sector (measured by turnover volume) was third with 35.693 million shares valued at N1.494 billion traded in 1,578 deals. The top three sectors accounted for 517.708 million shares valued at N4.765 billion traded in 6,303 deals, thus accounting for 83.16 per cent, 90.65 per cent and 90.82 per cent, of the volume, value and number of deals respectively.