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NGX: Market capitalisation continues on negative note, sheds N622bn



The domestic stock market on Nigeria Exchange Ltd. (NGX) continued to fall on Monday, with market capitalisation falling by N622 billion due to profit-taking.

As a result, investors lost N622 billion as market capitalisation fell to N29.281 trillion from N29.903 trillion the previous session.

The All-Share Index (ASI) fell by 1,141.76 points, or 2.08 percent, to close at 53,750.77 points, down from 54,892.53 points on Friday.

As a result, the ASI’s year-to-date (YTD) return has dropped to 4.88 percent.

The downturn was impacted by losses recorded in large and medium capitalised stocks, amongst which are; Airtel Africa, Seplat Energy, MTN Nigeria Communications (MTNN), Nigerian Breweries and Lafarge Africa.

“We expect risk-on sentiments to be sustained in the equities markets even as the depressed interest rate environment will continue to favour the local bourse in line with our expectations for Q1, 2023.

“Taking positions in stocks with solid valuations and dividend yields ahead of the dividend-paying season remains the choice strategy.

“However, we see room for extended profit-taking activities,” Analysts at United Capital Plc said.

The market breadth was negative as 21 stocks lost relative to five gainers.

Courteville Business Solutions recorded the highest price gain of 6.67 per cent to close at 48k per share.

NPF Microfinance Bank followed with a gain of 2.7 per cent to close at N1.90 and AIICO Insurance up by 1.75 per cent to close at 58k per share.

FBN Holdings (FBNH) rose by 0.92 per cent to close at N11, while Zenith Bank gained 0. 2 per cent to close at N25 per share.

Conversely, NCR Nigeria led the losers’ chart by 9.79 per cent to close at N2.12, per share.

Unity Bank followed with a decline of 9.43 per cent to close at 48k, while Prestige Assurance declined by 8.89 per cent to close at 41k, per share.

SUNU Assurance declined 8.33 per cent to close at 44k, while Multiverse Mining and Exploration and Airtel Africa shed 8.31 per cent each to close at N2.98 and N1,420 respectively per share.

Also, the total volume traded decreased by 26.66 per cent to 100.883 million units, valued at N4.342 billion and exchanged in 3,279 deals.

Transactions in the shares of Guaranty Trust Holding Company (GTCO) topped the activity chart with 12.836 million shares valued at N318.513 million.

Zenith Bank followed with 11.920 million shares worth N297.982 million, while United Bank for Africa (UBA) traded 10.038 million shares valued at N80.242 million.

MTNN traded 8.264 million shares valued at N1.927 billion, while FBNH transacted 7.719 million shares worth N84.577 million. (NAN)