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For the first time in weeks, Nigeria’s equity market closed flat on Thursday, reflecting a wait-and-see attitude among investors.

The Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) saw active trading in stocks such as FBN Holdings, Fidelity Bank, Transcorp, Access Holdings, and AIICO, with 1,299,961,984 shares worth N25.326 billion exchanged in 8,364 deals.

The NGX All-Share Index (ASI) and Market Capitalisation, which were 99,842.19 points and N56.478 trillion the previous trading day, slightly moved to 99,842.94 points and N56.479 trillion, respectively.

This flat close happened despite gains in stocks like Champion Breweries and Chams, while Transcorp Hotels Plc, NEM Insurance, and Fidelity Bank led the laggards.

Analyst Insights On the Equity Market

Analysts from Lagos-based Vetiva Research noted in their post-trading report, “We anticipate a mixed trading session with potential buy-side pressure in key names that could steer the market to a green close. Investors are expected to monitor movements in high-performing stocks as well.”

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Investor Reactions

Market participants expressed varied reactions to the flat market. Chinedu Okafor, a retail investor, shared his thoughts: “I’ve been watching the market closely. The flat close is not surprising given the current economic climate. Investors are being cautious.”

Economic Context

The cautious approach by investors comes amidst broader economic concerns. Dr. Amina Yusuf, an economist, explained, “Nigeria’s economy is facing several challenges, including inflation and foreign exchange volatility. These factors contribute to the cautious sentiment in the equity market.”

What to Watch

Market watchers are keeping an eye on key stocks that have the potential to influence future market directions. “Stocks like FBN Holdings and Fidelity Bank are crucial,” said Johnson Adewale, a financial analyst. “Their performance could set the tone for the market in the coming days.”

Looking Ahead

The future of Nigeria’s equity market remains uncertain. As investors remain cautious, the market may continue to experience flat or mixed trading sessions. “It’s a wait-and-see situation,” remarked Ngozi Chukwu, an investment advisor. “Investors are looking for clear signals before making significant moves.”

Nigeria’s equity market’s flat close on Thursday reflects a broader cautious sentiment among investors.

With economic challenges persisting, market participants are closely monitoring key stocks for indications of future trends. As the situation unfolds, both investors and analysts remain vigilant, waiting for clearer signs of market direction.

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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.

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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