NGX: Investors Lose N252bn Amidst Bearish Nigerian Exchange Trend

Investor Sentiment Wavers As NGX Sees Sharp Reversal: N184bn Lost After Previous Day’s Gain Of N101bn

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In a rollercoaster ride on the Nigerian Exchange (NGX), investor sentiment took a hit as the equity market witnessed a reversal, shedding approximately N184 billion in market capitalization.

This downturn comes on the heels of a promising N101 billion gain the day prior, underscoring the volatility that has become emblematic of today’s trading landscape.

The All-Share Index (ASI) bore the brunt of this downturn, moderating by 0.33 percent to settle at 101,707.70 points, while the market capitalization mirrored this decline, dropping by an equivalent percentage to N55.652 trillion.

Despite a robust year-to-date gain of 36.02 percent for the index, Tuesday’s downturn highlighted the fragility of market sentiment amidst prevailing economic uncertainties.

Sectoral indices mirrored the broader market sentiment, with three out of five sub-sectors experiencing adverse movements. The Banking index led the decliners, witnessing a 1.85 percent decline propelled by sell pressure in key banking stocks such as Unity Bank, Wema Bank, United Bank for Africa, and Zenith Bank Plc.

Similarly, the Consumer and Industrial Goods indexes registered losses of 0.22 percent and 0.10 percent, respectively, primarily attributable to share price declines in notable companies like PZ, Cussons, Guinness Nigeria, Nigerian Breweries, and Lafarge Africa.

However, amidst the sea of red, the Insurance and Oil/Gas sectors managed to eke out gains of 1.13 percent and 0.09 percent, respectively, offering a glimmer of hope in an otherwise bearish session.

Trading activity exhibited a mixed trend, with total deals and value witnessing declines of 1.16 percent and 16.09 percent, respectively, while the total traded volume saw a modest uptick of 8.56 percent, reaching 263.19 million units.

The market breadth skewed towards the negative, with more losers (30) outnumbering gainers (24) as trading concluded. PZ, MORISON, and Computer Warehouse Group found themselves at the receiving end of investor sell-offs, witnessing significant declines of 9.87 percent, 9.84 percent, and 9.70 percent, respectively.

On the flip side, Honeywell Flour Mill, Juli Plc, and Cornerstone Insurance emerged as the day’s gainers, enjoying share price appreciations of 9.92 percent, 9.90 percent, and 9.88 percent, respectively.

VeritasKap emerged as the most traded security in terms of volume, with 49.07 million units changing hands in 143 deals, while UBA led in traded value at N587.50 million.

As investors navigate the choppy waters of the NGX, today’s sharp reversal serves as a poignant reminder of the inherent volatility and uncertainty that define today’s financial markets, underscoring the importance of prudent risk management and long-term investment strategies.


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