Gains in NPFMCRFB (+9.5%), STANBIC (+9.4%) and TRANSCORP (+8.9%) moved the All-Share Index up 19bps to 21,741.16 points. Consequently, YTD return eased to -19.0% while market capitalisation appreciated ₦20.9bn to ₦11.3tn. Activity level waned as volume and value traded fell 28.9% and 7.7% to 330.1m units and ₦3.6bn respectively. The most active stocks by volume were GUARANTY (78.9m units), ZENITH (77.9m units) and ACCESS (36.0m units) while GUARANTY (₦1.3bn), ZENITH (₦852.9m) and NESTLE (₦484.6m) led by value.
Sector performance was mixed as 3 of 6 indices under our coverage gained. The Oil & Gas index led the gainers, up 0.3% due to price appreciation in OANDO (+7.0%). Similarly, the Insurance and Industrial Goods indices inched higher by 12bps and 2bps respectively due to gains in WAPIC (+4.8%) and CAP (+2.4%). On the flip side, the Banking and Consumer Goods indices declined 33bps and 24bps respectively due to sell-offs in ETI (-9.0%), UBN (-7.7%), NASCON (-9.6%) and CADBURY (-8.9%). Finally, the AFR-ICT index closed flat.
Investor sentiment as measured by market breadth (advance/decline ratio) improved to 1.8x from the 0.4x recorded in the previous trading session as 18 stocks advanced relative to 10 decliners. The best performers were NPFMCRFBK (+9.5%), STANBIC (+9.4%) and TRANSCORP (+8.9%) while CAVERTON (-10.0%), CONOIL (-9.9%) and NASCON (-9.6%) led the laggards. We are not optimistic of a positive trend in the market as the COVID-19 continues to spread in the country.
Market Statistics for Tuesday, 24th March 2020
|Market Cap (N’bn)||11,329.9|
|Market Cap (US$’bn)||31.5|
|NSE All-Share Index||21,741.16|
|Daily Performance %||0.2|
|WTD Performance %||(2.1)|
|MTD Performance %||(17.1)|
|QTD Performance %||(19.0)|
|YTD Performance %||(19.0)|
|Daily Volume (Million)||330.1|
|Daily Value (N’bn)||3.6|
|Daily Value (US$’m)||9.9|