Bargain hunting buoys performance… ASI up 1.2%

Today, the All-Share index gained 124bps to 20,925.19 points following bargain hunting in MTNN (+3.0%), ZENITH (+7.5%) and UBA (+9.0%). Accordingly, YTD return moderated to -22.0% while investors gained ₦133.3bn as market capitalisation increased to ₦10.9tn. Activity level improved as volume and value traded rose 1.8% and 20.3% to 342.6m units and ₦5.0bn respectively. The most active stocks by volume were GUARANTY (161.1m units), FBNH (32.4m units) and ZENITH (28.6m units) while GUARANTY (₦2.9bn), NESTLE (₦591.7m) and MTNN (₦383.3m) led the value chart.  

Sectors under our coverage returned a mixed performance today. The Insurance index led the laggards, down 2.2% following losses in MANSARD (-9.7%). Likewise, sell pressures in ARDOVA (-9.8%), CADBURY (-10.0%) and FLOURMILL (-2.3%) dragged the Oil & Gas (0.6%) and Consumer Goods (0.1%) indices down. Conversely, the Banking and AFR-ICT indices gained 3.2% and 1.5% respectively due to buying interest in ZENITH (+7.5%), UBA (+9.0%) and MTNN (+3.0%). Lastly, gains in WAPCO (+9.7%) boosted performance in the Industrial Goods index (0.3%).

Investor sentiment as measured by market breadth (advance/decline ratio) strengthened to 2.3x from the 1.6x recorded yesterday as 23 stocks gained relative to 10 decliners. The best performers were FBNH (+10.0%), STERLNBANK (+9.9%) and FIDELITY (+9.8%) while CADBURY (-10.0%), ARDOVA (-9.8%) and MANSARD (-9.7%) led the laggards. We attribute today’s positive performance to bargain hunting albeit, we expect the bearish run to resume as investors maintain risk-off approach.

Market Statistics for Tuesday, 7th April 2020 

Market Cap (N’bn) 10,905.2
Market Cap (US$’bn) 30.3
NSE All-Share Index 20,925.19
Daily Performance % 1.2
WTD Performance % (0.8)
MTD Performance % (1.8)
QTD Performance % (1.8)
YTD Performance % (22.0)
Daily Volume (Million) 342.6
Daily Value (N’bn) 5.0
Daily Value (US$’m) 13.8

Source: Afrinvest

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