Trading activities on the floor of The Nigerian Stock Exchange ended in the red as the lead performance pointer NSEASI gave up 8Bpts and closed at 32,417.70 from 32,444.96. It was a mixed performance amongst the observed market indices as shown in the index movement table. Week to Date activities index is up by 11Bpts while the Month to Date loss is 106Bpts. See the index movement table for details.
Value loss by the market capitalization of the listed equities during today’s trading activities was N9.949 billion, same as 8Bpts below the opening value. Meanwhile, trading activities for the day produced 16 advancers and 11 lagers. NSEASI Year to Date loss is now 15.23% while the Market Capitalization Year to Date loss stood at N1.774 trillion same as 13.04% below the year’s opening value.
As seen on the first trading day of the week, only few equities emerged on both activities logs, and good percentage of listed equities closed on a flat note. Investors had evidently remained cautious around the market arena. It is also clear that most listed equities currently trades at an attractive prices and are very good for entries. We maintained that giving the underlining market fundamentals, investors are better off with both long and medium positions, we believe that the expected nine months financial performances will give better guidance on choice of stocks for considerations in trading baskets. Finally, we warn against panic exits in current positions.
As at the time we compiled this report, Brent Crude trades at $84.80/bbl having loss 0.20% from the last close price.
At the interbank rate today, the Naira closed unchanged at N306.40 against the USDollar. See below table for BDC rates by four major locations within the country. Meanwhile, the I&E FX Window started from N363.78 traded as high as N363.30 before rounding up at N364.27, having transacted a total of $128.04 million through the day. Please note that, margin between the close and open value is an equivalent of 9Bpts drop. We are of the opinion that the FX-Market will trade within same range tomorrow.
In the money market, the Overnight (O/N) rate closed at 10.00%, same as 0.58% below yesterday’s closing position. Meanwhile, Open Buy-Back (OBB) rate ended at 19.17%, that is, 0.33% below the previous trading day’s close. We are of the opinion that the money market will maintain this range on the next business day. Safe Trade.