Stock market records losses, capitalisation down by N20bn

Bearish sentiment resurfaced at the Nigerian stock market on Monday, following sell-off in some bank stocks such as  Fidelity Bank, Sterling Bank, Access Bank, First Bank of Nigeria Holdings (FBNH), among others. 

Specifically, the market capitalisation lost N20.6 billion or 0.07 per cent to close at N27.921 trillion from N27. 941 trillion on Friday.

Also, the All-Share Index (ASI) declined by 38.22 points or 0.07 per cent to close at 57,791 against 51,829 the same day.

Accordingly, the year-to-date returns increased to 21.24 per cent.

Overall, the market was negative with 17 losers, relative to 18 gainers.

Fidson Pharmaceutical drove the gainers’ chart in percentage terms by 9.82 per cent to close at N12.30 per share. 

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Learn Africa followed with a gain 9. 79 per cent to close at N2.47, while UPDC  rose by 9.71 per cent to close at N1.13 per share.

Prestige Insurance went up by 8.33 per cent to close at 39k, while Regent Alliance Insurance appreciated by 7.69 per cent to close at 28k per share.

On the other hand, Conoil led the losers’ chart in percentage terms by 9.9 per cent to close at N25.95 per share.

Redstar Express and RT Briscoe followed with 9.09 per cent each to close at N2.50 and 40k per share.

Cutix  shed 7.69 per cent to close at N2. 28 per share, while Unity Bank lost 6.67 per cent to close at 42k per share. 

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Also, the total volume traded increased  to 194.122 million units valued at N2.82 billion and exchanged in 4,899 deals.

Transactions in the shares of Transcorp topped the activity chart with 25.07 million shares valued at N31.77 million.

Guaranty Trust Holding Company (GTCO) followed with 20.18 million shares worth N413.02 million, while United Bank for Africa (UBA) traded 15.59 million shares valued at N131.22 million.

AIICO traded 13.61 million shares valued at N8.32 million, while First Bank of Nigeria (FBNH) transacted 11.63 million shares worth N131.92 million.

Analysist at GTI Securities  said, “Equity market closed transaction for today negative, as bargain hunting resumes. We expect cautious trading to continue in the week.’

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