Flour Mills Nigeria, Others Bolster Nigerian Equity by N323 Billion

The Nigerian equities market rebounded with a 0.24 percent gain on Wednesday following two consecutive losses recorded earlier in the week.

The Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) All-Share Index (ASI) and Market Capitalization rose from the previous day’s 99,051.02 points and N56.031 trillion to 99,284.38 points and N56.163 trillion, respectively.

This increase pushed the stock market’s year-to-date (YtD) return to an impressive 32.78 percent.

Investors’ renewed interest was evident in the trading volumes and value as total of 308,136,231 shares worth N4.862 billion were exchanged in 7,690 deals.

Leading the charge were stocks like Eterna, Red Star Express, Stanbic IBTC Holdings, Fidelity Bank, and International Breweries, which saw significant buying activity.

Stanbic IBTC Holdings emerged as the top gainer, with its share price climbing from N52 to N57, adding N5 or 9.62 percent.

Eterna also posted a substantial gain, rising from N12.25 to N13.45, an increase of N1.20 or 9.80 percent.

Fidelity Bank followed suit, with its share price moving from N10 to N10.80, up by 80 kobo or 8 percent.

Despite the gains, some investors remain cautious, retaining an unclear near-term outlook on the equities market due to Nigeria’s high-interest-rate environment.

However, the day’s performance suggests a degree of resilience and optimism among market participants.

The day’s most traded stocks included Fidelity Bank, Oando, Veritas Kapital Assurance, Unity Bank, and Transcorp, highlighting a diverse range of interest across different sectors.

Market analysts attributed the rebound to strategic buying by investors seeking to capitalize on the lower prices following the recent declines.

“This bounce-back indicates that investors are taking advantage of the attractive valuations,” said Olufemi Awoyemi, a market analyst. “While the high-interest-rate environment poses challenges, the underlying fundamentals of some listed companies remain strong, attracting discerning investors.”

The positive close on Wednesday signals a potential shift in sentiment, with market watchers keenly observing whether this upward trend will sustain in the coming sessions.

The Nigerian equities market, known for its volatility, continues to offer opportunities for those willing to navigate its complexities.

As the market moves into the third quarter, the performance of key economic indicators, corporate earnings, and global market trends will likely play crucial roles in shaping investor sentiment and market direction.

For now, the rebound provides a glimmer of hope for a sustained rally through the early summer.

With the influx of retail investors typically seen in July, coupled with strong seasonal trends, there is cautious optimism that the Nigerian equities market may continue its upward trajectory, providing further opportunities for growth and investment.


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