Stock Market Wipes Off ₦15.2Bn as Benchmark Index Tumbles

Stock Market Wipes Off ₦15.2Bn as Benchmark Index Tumbles

Amidst sustained bearish trend, the Nigerian stock market wipes off ₦15.1 billion on Wednesday as market index tumbles amidst rising inflation rate readings.

Activities at the domestic bourse recorded a bearish performance as the benchmark index declined 7 basis points (bps) to 40,465.32 points.

Sustained bearish trade appears to reduced early gain reported in 2021 amidst profit-takings activities.

Notably, conservative investors like Pension Fund Administrators appear to be enticed with upward yield repricing at the fixed income market segment.

Today’s loss was driven sell-offs in BUACEMENT (-1.8%), ACCESS (-1.8%), and BETAGLASS (-7.8%).

Consequently, year to date return declined to 0.5% while market capitalisation inched lower by ₦15.2bn to settle at ₦21.2 trillion.

Activity level waned as volume and value traded declined 31.5% and 54.0% respectively to 244.2m units and ₦2.7 billion.

The most traded stocks by volume were FBNH (52.3 million units), TRANSCORP (24.8 million units) and GUARANTY (16.5 million units).

Meanwhile, MTNN (₦557.1 million), GUARANTY (₦512.5 million) and FBNH (₦381.5 million) led by value in the chart.

Afrinvest stated that performance across sectors was mixed as 3 of 6 indices under its coverage closed lower.

The Industrial Goods and Banking indices lost the most, down 0.8% and 0.2% respectively due to declines in BUACEMENT (-1.8%), ACCESS (-1.8%) and FCMB (-3.0%).

Similarly, the Consumer Goods index inched lower by 7bps as a result of losses in GUINNESS (-3.4%) and ZENITH (-0.6%).

On the flip side, the Insurance and AFR-ICT indices appreciated 1.9% and 0.5% respectively as CORNERST (+9.3%), WAPIC (+7.3%) and MTNN (+0.9%) ticked higher.

But, the Oil & Gas index appreciated 0.2% due to gains in OANDO (+2.7%).

Investor sentiment as measured by market breadth weakened to 0.8x from the 1.1x recorded previously as 17 stocks gained against 22 losers.

JBERGER (+9.7%), HONYFLOUR (+9.6%) and CORNERST (+9.3%) were the top gainers while BETAGLASS (-9.7%), FIDSON (-8.5%) and CHIPLC (-7.9%) were the top losers.

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“We believe bargain hunting would boost the performance of the market this week as prices remain attractive”, Afrinvest said.

Stock Market Wipes Off ₦15.2Bn as Benchmark Index Tumbles