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Cautious Optimism in the Stock Market

Thursday’s trading session on the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) ended in red, despite a generally cautious optimism among investors.

The stock market experienced a notable dip as some major stocks saw significant declines.

Key Stocks Under Pressure

Investors mainly sold shares of MTN Nigeria Communications (MTNN), leading the list of laggards. The stock dropped from N214 to N200, a decrease of N14 or 6.54 percent.

UPDC Real Estate Investment Trust (UPDC REIT) followed, declining from N5.45 to N5, a loss of 45 kobo or 8.26 percent. University Press also saw a drop, falling from N2.25 to N2.10, losing 15 kobo or 6.67 percent.

Market Performance and Liquidity Issues

The Nigerian stock market depreciated by 0.23 per cent on Thursday, almost erasing the week’s gains.

Liquidity remained low, contributing to the market’s volatility. Week-to-date (WtD), the market has seen an increase of just 0.01 percent, with two days of gains offset by two days of losses.

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Impact on Market Indicators

At the close of trading, the NGX All Share Index (ASI) and Market Capitalisation decreased from the previous day’s highs of 100,299.48 points and N56.737 trillion, respectively, to 100,063.32 points and N56.604 trillion. Investors lost approximately N133 billion on Thursday.

Active Stocks and Trading Volume

Fidelity Bank, United Bank for Africa (UBA), Veritas Kapital Assurance, Zenith Bank, and Guaranty Trust Holding Company (GTCO) were among the most actively traded stocks. In 7,931 deals, investors traded 863,583,360 units of shares, amounting to N12.561 billion.

Expert Insights

“Market conditions are currently quite challenging due to low liquidity and a general sense of caution among investors,” said financial analyst Adebola Johnson. “While some sectors show promise, overall market sentiment is tepid.”

Looking Ahead

Despite the current dip, some investors remain cautiously optimistic about the future of the stock market. “We are seeing a mixed bag of reactions from the market,” noted market strategist Chioma Okeke.

“While some stocks are under pressure, others have the potential for growth, provided the liquidity situation improves.”

The stock market’s performance on Thursday highlights the challenges faced by investors in a low-liquidity environment.

With major stocks like MTNN and UPDC REIT experiencing declines, the market’s cautious optimism remains a key theme as investors navigate uncertain waters.

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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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