At the close of trade today, the Nigerian equities market rebounded from a 5-day losing streak as the All Share Index (ASI) rose 0.6% to close at 35,609.07 points while YTD return advanced to 32.5%. Accordingly, investors gained N70.7bn as market capitalization settled at N12.3tn. The major drivers were DANGCEM (+1.0%), ZENITH (+2.9%), NIGERIAN BREWERIES (+1.4%) and GUINNESS (+10.2%). Similarly, activity level improved as volume and value traded rose 22.5% and 13.6% to 281.8m units and N5.4bn respectively.
Mixed Sector Performance
Sector performance was mixed as 3 of 5 indices closed positive. The Oil & Gas index led sector gainers, up 1.3% as a result of bargain hunting in SEPLAT (+3.4%). In the same vein, buy interest in NIGERIAN BREWERIES (+1.4%), GUINNESS (+10.2%), ZENITH (+2.9%) and STANBIC (+1.3%) buoyed the Consumer Goods and Banking indices by 0.8% and 0.1% respectively. On the flip side, despite an uptick in DANGCEM (+1.0%), the Industrial Goods index closed 0.5% lower due to losses in WAPCO (-2.5%). Likewise, the Insurance index fell 0.4% on account of price depreciation in CUSTODYINS (-2.8%) and LINKASSURE (-4.5%).
Investor Sentiment Remains Soft
Investor sentiment remained soft as market breadth stayed flat at 0.9x after 22 stocks advanced against 23 decliners. Today’s top gainers were GUINNESS (+10.2%), REDSTAREX (+9.8%) and AIRSERVICE (+4.9%) while the top losers were PZ (-5.0%), MORISON (-4.9%) and LINKASSURE (-4.5%). Whilst today’s performance comes in positive, the relatively soft market breadth suggests investors are still taking profit. Hence, we are of the view that the equities market may trade sideways in the short term.