Stocks hit 15-year high as investors gain N510bn

Investors on the Nigerian Exchange Limited, NGX, have gained N510 billion in two days of trading this week, a record not seen in 15 years.

Investors recorded N325 billion on Monday trading which increased to N185 billion on Tuesday.

The All-Share Index of the Nigerian Exchange Limited rose to 66,490.34 basis points at the close of trading on Tuesday, breaking a 15-year record.

The ASI rose by 0.51 per cent to 66,490.34 points from 66,151.38 on Monday, surpassing the highest value of 66,371.20 recorded on the Exchange on March 5, 2008.

The milestone is in part attributed to a surge in buy interests in banking stocks as investors positioned themselves, taking advantage of the recent record earnings posted by banks.

Similarly, the market capitalisation also increased by 0.51 per cent to close at N39.69tn from N36.21tn recorded on Monday.

Across sectoral indices, the NGX Banking Index experienced the most significant daily gain, rising by 1.63 per cent. Following closely were the NGX Consumer Goods Index, with a 0.99 per cent increase, and the NGX Industrial Index, which saw a 0.21 per cent uptick. Conversely, the NGX Oil/Gas Index dipped by 0.09 per cent, and the NGX Insurance Index recorded a substantial decline of 1.56 per cent, both attributable to investors reallocating their funds.

An analysis of Tuesday’s market activities revealed a substantial increase in trade turnover compared to the previous session, with transaction values surging by an impressive 79.18 per cent. Consequently, the total volume of stocks traded reached 436.95 million units, valued at N7.02bn, across 7,933 deals. This marked a significant uptick from the 311.12 million units valued at N3.92bn traded in 7,193 deals on Monday.

FBN Holdings topped the activity chart with 55.15 million units valued at N911.21m. Following closely was Japaul Gold with the sale of 33.11 million units worth N29.92m, while UBA transacted 30.17 million units valued at N41.21m.

Market breadth closed positive, with 35 stocks appreciating in value while 32 stocks depreciated. Champion Breweries led the pack of gainers with 10 per cent increase in stock value. Conversely, Linkage Assurance led the group of 32 declining securities, with a 10 per cent decrease in its equity value.

The strong performance has been attributed to a combination of factors, including investor sentiment influenced by macroeconomic developments such as the formation and swearing-in of the economic cabinet by President Bola Tinubu.

Additionally, movements in yields within the fixed-income market played a role in shaping market dynamics. They emphasized the importance of strategically positioning investments in fundamentally strong stocks, given the ongoing challenges posed by the weak macroeconomic environment on corporate earnings.

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