NSE index rises 0.14%, as Naira gains marginally at parallel market

WorldStage Newsonline– The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) market indices on Tuesday sustained growth, posting a marginal gain of 0.14 per cent in a cautious trading.

Specifically, the All-Share Index rose by 43.72 points or 0.14 per cent to close at 32,173.66 against 32,129.94 achieved on Monday.

Also, the market capitalisation which opened at N11.981 trillion increased by N17 billion to close at N11.998 trillion.

A breakdown of the price movement table shows that NASCON recorded the highest price gain of 80k to lead the gainers’ table to close at N20 per share.

Dangote Flour followed with a gain of 60k to close at N11, while Guaranty Trust Bank appreciated by 40k to close at N37.60 per share.

Union Bank of Nigeria grew by 30k to close at N7, while Zenith Bank added 20k to close at N24.70 per share.

Conversely, Dangote Cement topped the laggards’ table, shedding N1 to close at N196 per share.

Redstar Express trailed with a loss of 50k to close at N5, while Caverton lost 15k to close at N2.30 per share.

Custodian and Investment also declined by 15k to close at N5.90, while UACN went down by 15k to close at N8.10 per share.

Also, the volume of shares traded improved by 75.45 per cent, while the value of shares transacted rose by 32.57 per cent.

Consequently, investors bought and sold 400.87 million shares worth N3.46 billion traded in 3,885 deals.

This was in contrast with a turnover of 228.48 million shares valued at N2.61 billion traded in 3,544 deals on Monday.

Diamond Bank was the most active stock for the day, trading 119.79 million shares worth N299.33 million.

FBN Holdings followed with an account of 44.39 million shares valued at N358.98 million, while United Bank for Africa sold 40.82 million shares worth N314.48 million.

Guaranty Trust Bank traded 32.51 million shares valued at N1.22 billion, while Zenith Bank sold 24.40 million shares worth N604.99 million. 

Naira gains marginally against dollar

Meanwhile, the Naira on Tuesday gained 50 kobo to exchange at N358 to the dollar at the parallel market in Lagos, stronger than N358.5 traded on Monday.

The Pound Sterling and the Euro closed at N470 and N408, respectively.

At the Bureau De Change (BDC) window, the naira traded at N360 to the dollar, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro closed at N470 and N408, respectively.

Trading at the investors segment saw the naira closing at N360.77 as market turnover stood at 91.66 million dollars.

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