Equities Market Extend Losses to Third Consecutive Session

The negative trend in the equities market was extended into the third consecutive trading day as the All Share Index (ASI) fell 2.7% to close on Wednesday at 36,102.38 points, whilst YTD gain further moderated to 34.3%. Accordingly, market capitalization declined by N346.1bn to settle at N12.4tn. The poor performance was majorly attributable to negative sentiment towards DANGCEM (-4.9%) and GUARANTY (-4.7%) in addition to profit taking in NIGERIAN BREWERIES (-2.6%) and ZENITH (-3.3%). However, activity level on the exchange waned as volume and value traded dipped 42.6% and 6.4% to 224.8m units and N5.1bn respectively.
Industrial Goods Index Tops Sector Losers
Performance across sectors was bearish as all indices trended southwards. The Industrial Goods index led losers, down 3.1% on account of sustained losses in DANGCEM (-4.9%) and WAPCO (-1.7%). The Banking index followed suit, down 2.8% due to declines recorded in GUARANTY (-4.7%), ZENITH (-3.3%) and ACCESS (-5.0%). GUARANTY released its H1:2017 earnings result today, growing Gross Earnings and PAT by 2.0% and 16.6% to N214.1bn and N83.7bn respectively. In the same vein, the Consumer Goods and Oil & Gas indices fell 1.0% apiece on account of price depreciation in NIGERIAN BREWERIES (-2.6%), GUINNESS (-2.2%), TOTAL (-4.0%) and FORTE (-2.9%) respectively. Similarly, the Insurance index marginally declined 0.1% owing to a drop in price of LINKASSURE (-1.3%).    
Investor Sentiment Remains Weak
In line with benchmark performance, market breadth remained weak, as the ratio of advancers to decliners settled at 0.3x (same as yesterday’s close of 0.3x) after 10 stocks gained against 30 losers. CILEASING (+5.2%), VITAFOAM (+4.4%) and UPL (+3.7%) led the gainers’ chart while ACCESS (-5.0%), FCMB (-5.0%) and STANBIC (-4.9%) were the worst performers. As we noted yesterday, market performance remains driven by profit taking after the sustained rally in prior weeks. Nonetheless, we believe this negative trend will be reversed on account of bargain hunting. Hence we anticipate a rebound in the equities market in subsequent sessions this week.