Equities investors on the floor of the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) went on a selling rampage in the local bourse after the 2023 presidential election victory announcement. After five-day gaining streaks, investors’ mood switched towards profit-taking amidst efforts to rebalance portfolios, dragging lower key performance indicators.
The market capitalisation dropped by N162 billion or 0.53 percent, to close at N30.238 trillion as against the N30.4 trillion recorded on Tuesday. Also, the All-Share Index (ASI) declined by 297.65 points to close at 55,508.61 compared with 55,806.26 posted in the previous session.
The downturn was due to selloffs in mainly in Telco heavyweight, Airtel Africa and others. As a result, the year-to-date return fell to 8.31 percent. Positive sentiments remain in the market, as seen in the number of gainers versus losers.
“We expect to see profit taking in some selected stocks that have rallied in recent sessions, while market breadth remains in the green,” said analysts at Vetiva Securities Ltd.
Also, market breadth closed positive with 24 stocks on the gainer’s table, and 10 on the losers’. Veritas Kapital Assurance led the gainers’ chart in percentage terms by 10 percent to close at 22k, per share.
Ardova followed with 9.76 percent to close at N18.55, while Wema Bank grew by 8.75 percent to close at N4.35, per share. The initiative rose 8.33 percent to close at 52k, while Geregu Powers appreciated by 8.20 percent to close at N298.10, per share.
On the other hand, John Holt led the losers’ chart in percentage terms by 6.66 percent to close at N1.59, per share. Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI) followed with 7.69 percent to close at N12, while Airtel Africa dropped by 5.25 to close at N1,535, per share.
United Capital shed 3.91 percent to close at 14.75, while FTN Cocoa Processors lost 3.45 to close at 28k, per share. The trade turnover increased by 36.73 percent to 228.49 million units, valued at N4.44 billion and exchanged in 3,6 deals.
Transactions in the shares of Capital Hotel topped the activity chart with 333.24 million shares valued at N2.33 billion. Transcorp followed with 44.89 million shares worth N67 million, while Guaranty Trust Holding Company (GTCO) traded 46.63 million shares valued at N126 billion.
Oando traded 19.98 million shares valued at N102.33 million, while Access Holdings transacted 19.42 million shares worth N186.21 million. Sectoral performance was mixed, as the Consumer Goods (+2.5%), Oil & Gas (+0.8%), and Insurance (+0.2%) indices recorded gains, while the Banking index closed flat.
The Industrial Goods (-0.1%) index was the sole loser of the day.