The subdued activity level on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) continued in the week ended 17th July, 2020. The benchmark market index; NSE All-Share Index (NSE ASI), declined by -0.08%, shading 18.70 points to close the week at 24,287.66 points.
In the week in review, Investors’ lost N9.757 billion as the market capitalization settled at N12.669 trillion.
A total turnover of 1.016 billion shares worth N7.436 billion in 18,092 deals were traded this week by investors on the floor of the Exchange, in contrast to a total of 901.542 million shares valued at N13.453 billion that exchanged hands last week in 18,676 deals.
The Financial Services industry (measured by volume) led the activity chart with 784.322 million shares valued at N3.305 billion traded in 10,592 deals; thus contributing 77.23% and 44.45% to the total equity turnover by volume and value respectively.
The Oil and Gas industry followed with 61.822 million shares worth N418.191 million traded in 984 deals. The third place was the Consumer Goods industry, with a turnover of 42.999 million shares worth N1.102 billion in 2,848 deals.
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Trading in the top three equities namely Sterling Bank Plc, FCMB Holdings Plc and FBN Holdings Plc. (measured by volume) accounted for 416.989 million shares worth N791.078 million in 2,752 deals, contributing 41.06% and 10.64% of the total equity turnover volume and value respectively.
A chart of the activity level since the beginning of the year, shows the continuation of the downward trend of the volume of shares traded, the value of shares traded, and in recent weeks the no of deals executed.
At the end of trading on Friday, 17th July, the NSE ASI loss increased to -9.52% YTD. Below is the YTD performance of the 5 indices under our watch;
- NSE Insurance Index: -1.98%
- NSE Oil and Gas Index: -27.20%
- NSE Banking Index: -23.75%
- NSE Consumer Goods Index: -31.55%
- NSE Industrial Goods Index: +2.27%
All the 5 indices closed the week in negative territory; Insurance Index -1.88%, Oil & Gas Index -1.93%, Banking Index -3.92%, Consumer Goods Index -1.93%, Industrial Goods Index +0.52%.
Twenty-six (26) equities appreciated in price during the week, higher than twenty-five (25) equities in the previous week. Thirty-six (36) equities depreciated in price, higher than thirty-three (33) equities in the previous week, while one hundred and one (101) equities remained unchanged, lower than one hundred and five (105) equities recorded in the previous week.
The top gainers and losers in the week were;
We maintain our cautious outlook on the market, heading into the Half Year earnings season.
Stock Pick for the next week of trading
United Capital Plc on Thursday 16th July, 2020 released its unaudited financial results for the half year period ended 30th June, 2020. The result showed a double digit (16%) growth in Profit after Tax for the period despite the lockdown instituted over the COVID-19 Pandemic.
All the other companies will be holding their board meetings in the week, to review and approve their respective half year financial results, and subsequently release the financial statements for the NSE and the investing public.