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Nigerian Blue Chip stocks suffer heavy losses amid high profit-taking

The market breadth closed positive as UAC-PROP led 31 Gainers as against 9 Losers topped by LIVESTOCK.

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Closed Period, Investors' demand for Nigerian stocks climb, as portfolio investment gains N223.4 billion, NSE CGI down by 0.93%, as shares of Unilever, Dangote Sugar, PZ decline

Nigerian stocks closed the last trading session on a bearish note. The All Share Index plunged by 1.40% to close at 40,439.85 index points as against the 0.78% gain recorded yesterday. Its Year-to-Date (YTD) returns currently stands at +0.42%.

Nigerian Stock Exchange market value now stands at N21.16 trillion.

  • Nigerian bourse market turnover at Friday trading session printed negative as volume dipped by 68.96% as against +247.40% uptick recorded on Thursday. ZENITHBANK, TRANSCORP, and FBNH were the most active to boost market turnover.
  • Among major sectoral indexes, the Industrial Goods sector emerged as the sole loser today on BUACEMENT and DANGCEM’s selloffs.
  • On the flip side, the Banking (+0.52%), Consumer Goods (+0.28%), Oil and Gas (+0.14%), and Insurance (+0.04%) sectors closed higher.
  • The market breadth closed positive as UAC-PROP led 31 Gainers as against 9 Losers topped by LIVESTOCK at the end of today’s session – an improved performance when compared with the previous outlook.

Top gainers

  1. UAC-PROP up 9.59% to close at N0.8
  2. LINKASSURE up 9.26% to close at N0.59
  3. JAPAULGOLD up 9.23% to close at N0.71
  4. UNITYBNK up 9.23% to close at N0.71
  5. AFRINSURE up 9.09% to close at N0.24

Top losers

  1. LIVESTOCK down 9.78% to close at N2.03
  2. NEM down 9.69% to close at N2.05
  3. BUACEMENT down 7.22% to close at N73.3
  4. SOVRENINS down 7.14% to close at N0.26
  5. DANGCEM down 3.51% to close at N220

Outlook

The Nigerian All Share Index reverted into the negative territory, losing 1.40% in the week’s final session. The index’s pullback was at cement makers’ helms – DANGCEM (-3.51%) and BUACEMENT (-7.22%).

Nairametrics envisages cautious buying amid renewed profit-making seen across the market spectrum.

Olumide Adesina is a France-born Nigerian. He is a Certified Investment Trader, with more than 15 years of working expertise in Investment trading. Follow Olumide on Twitter @tokunboadesina. He is a Member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Society.

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