Market rises by 0.22% as positive sentiment persists on Nigerian Exchange

Nigeria’s equities market strengthened its journey into the green zone on Monday by 0.22percent as the record positive sentiment persists on the Nigerian Bourse. This month, the market has risen by 6.40percent. The stock market’s positive return year-to-date (YtD) increased to 15.78percent.

The Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) All-Share Index and its equities Market Capitalisation which stood at 59,206.63 points and N32.237 trillion respectively as at Friday increased to 59,338.76 points and N59.338trillion.

Future view research analysts in their June 26 stock recommendation said, “Considering that there are many stocks trading at attractive discount, we expect positive sentiment in the market this week. However, we note the attractive yields in the fixed-income space could serve as a distraction to investors. Profit-taking could also take a toll on market direction”.

In 8,052 deals, investors exchanged 552,688,767 shares valued at N13.056billion. Access Corporation, BUA Cement, GTCO, Universal Insurance and ETI were actively traded stocks.


“We anticipate a cautious stance to the market this week, as investors look to book profits from gains recorded in previous session,” according to analysts at Lagos-based Vetiva research.

Academy Press led other advancers after moving from N2 to N2.20, adding 20kobo or 10percent. Thomas Wyatt also rose from N1.30 to N1.43, adding 13kobo or 10percent, while Transcorp Hotels rose from N17.60 to N19.36, adding N1.76 or 10percent.

“This week, we expect the positive momentum in the local bourse to continue, despite the decline in market turnover {-32.74percent week-on-week (WoW)} and volume traded (-21.74percent WoW) witnessed last week.

“Our expectation is premised on investors’ optimism in the Nigerian equities market. Additionally, the robust system liquidity ahead of the scheduled T-bills auction minimises the likelihood of a significant flow of fund from the equities market.

“Nevertheless, we recognise the potential of profit-taking on certain stocks that have appreciated significantly in recent weeks. In general, our outlook for the week is optimistic, we anticipate that the overriding sentiment is positive, barring significant selloffs on large cap stocks that could potentially sway the market in a contrary direction,” said Meristem research analysts in their recent note.