The Nigerian bourse reversed its previous days gain, as the All Share Index declined by 0.38% to close at 25,312.05 index points. Thus, YTD loss currently stands at -5.71%.
Activity levels closed weak compared to the previous trading session, as total volume and value declined by -23.53% and -24.72% to close at 270.19million units and N5.29billion respectively. FBNH was the most traded stock by volume at 41.3 million units, while DANGCEM topped by value at N2.57 billion.
Market breath was slightly negative with 17 losers led by CUSTODIAN (-7.14%), against 16 gainers, topped by SKYAVN (+9.69%).
Performance across sectors closed bearish, as three out of the five major sub-indices posted losses. Decline in ACESS (-5.11%) and GUARANTY (-2.00%) spurred sustained losses in the Lenders’ Index (-2.12%), trailed distantly by the Oil & Gas (-0.39%) and Insurance index (-0.555), on the back of price decline in OANDO (-3.57%), CUSTODIAN (-7.14%) and AIICO (-5.22%).
Gains in DANGSUGAR (+6.76%), FLOURMILL (+4.25%) and DANGCEM (+1.00%) buoyed a 0.89% and 0.23% improvement in the Consumer Goods and Industrial indices respectively.
SKYAVN up 9.69% to close at N2.49; CILEASING up 9.28% to close at N4.85; DANGSUGAR up 6.76% to close at N15; FLOURMILL up 4.25% to close at N20.85; DANGCEM up 1.00% to close at N141.9.
CUSTODIAN down 7.14% to close at N5.85; ACCESS down 5.11% to close at N6.5; GLAXOSMITH down 5.06% to close at N7.5; GUARANTY down 2.00% to close at N24.5; and MTNN down 1.69% to close at N116.
Market sentiment finished bearish on Thursday, as significant profit taking was noticed, especially among financial stocks. Nairametrics envisages cautious buying of Nigerian stocks.