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Equity Market Maintains Positive Momentum, Rises By 0.23% Despite Low Activity

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Positive Performance in the Nigerian Equity Market

Nigeria’s equity market recorded a 0.23 per cent increase at the close of trading on Wednesday, marking the second consecutive positive trading session this week.

The positive close comes despite a generally low market activity due to companies closing periods ahead of their half-year (H1) financial reports.

Key Performers Drive Equity Market Gains

Among the top performers, Cornerstone Insurance, led the rally by rising from N2.09 to N2.29, a gain of 9.57 percent. RT Briscoe followed, moving up from 64kobo to 70kobo, adding 9.38 per cent.

IMG also saw a significant increase, climbing from N11.90 to N13, a rise of 9.24 per cent.

“We are pleased with the performance of our stock, reflecting investor confidence in our strategic direction,” said a spokesperson from Cornerstone Insurance.

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Other Notable Movements

Other notable performers included UPDC REIT, which rose from N5 to N5.45, a 9 per cent increase, and Caverton Offshore Support Group, which increased from N1.30 to N1.39, a rise of 6.92 percent.

Market Activity Overview

Despite the positive performance, market activity remained tepid. Investors executed 7,592 deals, exchanging a total of 342,195,678 shares valued at N4.752 billion.

This subdued activity is attributed to the impending release of half-year scorecards, which has caused a cautious approach among investors.

A market analyst noted, “Investors are in a wait-and-see mode ahead of the H1 results. This is typical during reporting seasons as stakeholders assess financial health and performance before making significant moves.”

All Share Index and Market Capitalisation

The Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) All Share Index (ASI) and Market Capitalisation both increased from the previous day’s figures.

The ASI rose from 100,067.77 points to 100,299.48 points, while the Market Capitalisation grew from N56.606 trillion to N56.737 trillion. The stock market’s year-to-date (YtD) return also improved, standing at 34.14 percent.

“We are witnessing a resilient market despite current uncertainties,” said Mr. Johnson, a financial analyst. “This positive trend is encouraging, suggesting underlying investor confidence.”

Outlook and Investor Sentiment

While the market has shown resilience, investor sentiment remains cautious. The anticipation of half-year financial results is a significant factor, and the market’s performance in the coming weeks will likely hinge on these outcomes.

The Nigerian equity market continues to navigate through a period of cautious optimism. The positive performance on Wednesday underscores a resilient market, bolstered by key stock movements and sustained investor confidence.

However, the overall market activity reflects a wait-and-see attitude as stakeholders brace for the upcoming financial disclosures.

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Emmanuel Ochayi is a journalist. He is a graduate of the University of Lagos, School of first choice and the nations pride. Emmanuel is keen on exploring writing angles in different areas, including Business, climate change, politics, Education, and others.


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