The Nigerian Stock market ended Thursday’s trading session on a bearish note as investors continued to price in the risk of increasing cases of COVID-19. Altogether, investors lost N115.07 billion
The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) All-Share Index plunged by 0.90% to 24,374.40 points at the close of the trading session from the preceding day high of 24,594.99 points. Consequently, the value of listed stocks on the Nigerian stock market reduced from N12.830trillion to N12.715trillion.
Although the volume of shares traded fell slightly by 9.03% to 180.12 million units, value traded improved by 78.25% to N1.84billion as 3,889 deals exchanged hands.
UBA was the most traded stock by volume at 23.9million units, followed by FBNH, with 21.5 million units of trades.
Market sentiment, as measured by market breadth, was negative as 26 tickers declined, relative to 7 gainers. UNILEVER and CADBURY were the top losers of the day with 9.80%and 8.78% declines, while NEIMETH and JAIZBANK recorded the largest gains with 9.40% and 7.27% appreciation in share value.
On the sectoral breakdown, bearish sentiment characterized the sectors. We highlight sell-offs in Tier-1 banking stocks like, ZENITH (-5.73%), GUARANTY (-5.26%) and ETI (-3.03%), which placed the Lender’s index as the worst performer, fell by 4.58%.
The Insurance index trailed to slump by 1.02%, as a result of a decline in CORNERSTONE (-9.09%) and AIICO (-1.11%), the Consumer Goods followed with 0.93% depreciation as UNILEVER, CADBURY and FLOUR MILL shed -9.80%; -8.78% and -5.36% respectively.
Finally, price declines in OANDO and WAPCO close the Oil and Gas and Industrial Goods Indexes distantly by -0.30% and -0.02%.
NEIMETH up 9.40% to close at N1.63, JAIZBANK up 7.27% to close at N0.59, UNITYBNK up 6.38% to close at N0.5, NAHCO up 5.53% to close at N2.1, REDSTAREX up 4.76% to close at N3.3
UNILEVER down 9.80% to close at N13.8, CADBURY down 8.78% to close at N6.75, ZENITHBANK down 5.73% to close at N14.8, FLOURMILL down 5.36% to close at N17.65, GUARANTY down 5.26% to close at N20.7
Nigeria bourse intensified its bearish trend on Thursday, as top tier-1 bank stock price plunged amidst thin market liquidity observed in the Nigerian bourse trading session. Nairametrics envisages cautious buying as many investors still remain on the sideline