The Guardian (Nigeria)

Profit- taking costs market 0.57 per cent loss

- By Helen Oji

PROFIT- TAKING resurfaced on the Nigerian Exchange Limited ( NGX) on Thursday, halting three successive sessions of bulls run as investors booked profits after the recent rally.

Consequent­ly, the NGX AllShare Index ( ASI) and market capitalisa­tion depreciate­d by 0.57 per cent and 0.62 per cent to close the week at 37,994.19 and N19.796 trillion respective­ly.

Other indices finished higher except NGX All- Share, NGXmain board, NGX consumer goods and NGX Lotus II indices which depreciate­d by 0.57 per cent, 2.22 per cent, 0.32 per cent and 0.23 per cent respective­ly, while the NGX ASEM and NGX Growth Indices closed flat.

Last week, a turnover of 1.348 billion shares worth N12.14 billion was recorded in 21,581 deals by investors on the floor of the exchange, in contrast to a total of 1.021 billion units valued at N14.145 billion that exchanged hands in 17,565 deals during the preceding week.

The financial services industry led the activity chart with 892.212 million shares valued at N7.065 billion traded in 11,592 deals; thus contributi­ng 66.2 per cent to the total equity turnover volume.

The ICT Industry followed with 110.067 million shares worth N776.402 million in 744 deals. The third place was the conglomera­te industry, with a turnover of 100.008 million shares worth N216.504 million in 788 deals.

Trading in the top three equities namely Fidelity Bank Plc, FBN Holdings Plc and Zenith Bank Plc ( measured by volume) accounted for 310.779 million shares worth N3.166 billion in 3,289 deals, contributi­ng 23.06 per cent to the total equity turnover.

Analysts said the slowdown in momentum has created opportunit­ies for discerning investors to reposition in interim dividend- paying stocks, ahead of the earnings season.

They argued that there are sectors that are economical­ly vibrant which investors are expected to realign their positionin­g despite, slow and weak economic recovery and rising insecurity that had made prices of goods and services exorbitant in the market.

Specifical­ly, Investdata Consulting Limited said: "There is no need to panic at this point because profit taking is an integral part of stock market dynamics anytime. It drives oscillatio­n that creates room for entry and exit.

"So Investors and traders should not be carried away with any rally or rebound, but be guided by their investment objectives, while taking profit immediatel­y reasonable profit targets are met."

Vetiva Dealings and Brokerage firm said: "We expect next week’s activity to follow the same pattern observed in the last few sessions, with sell- offs followed by price appreciati­on.

"We anticipate a mixed activity level in the market with the banking sector likely to dominate trading once more. Finally, with a few Q2 results expected in the coming week ( this week), this will also shape market outcomes in the new week."

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