By Charles Abuede
- As All-Share Index goes red
- But UBA leads day’s trading in volume, value
- Money, Fixed-income market tepid
With the equities market opening the trading week on a bearish note, profit booking activities ensued, as investors sold off on stocks that gained in the last trading session.
Thus, selling pressures permeated stocks such as Ecobank (-8.5%), Nigerian Breweries (-1.8%) and Zenith Bank (-1.0%), shrinking the all-share index to 0.21 per cent and consequently placing the year to date return at +30.6 per cent.
Meanwhile, market activity levels, however, were mixed as the volume of transactions rose 10.7 per cent and value of exchanged units tapered by 25.5 per cent. UBA led the chart for the most traded stock both in volume and value with 89.1m units (27.5%) and N730.8 million (22.9%) respectively. The market breadth was pegged at 1.13x, as seventeen (17) gainers outpaced fifteen (15) losers.
On the NSE sectoral front, the performance was broadly mixed as the insurance (+0.5%) and oil & gas (+0.2%) sectors topped the gainer’s chart, while the banking (-0.8%), consumer goods (-0.3%) and industrial goods (-0.1%) sectors closed in the negative region.
The NSE 30
The NSE 30 Index decreased by 0.25 per cent to close at 1,459.61 points as against 1,463.33 points as on the previous day. Market turnover closed with a traded volume of 237.59 million units. Sterling and FCMB were the key gainers, while Ecobank and UBN were the key losers.
Foreign Exchange market
The Naira reversed gains on the street FX market and traded at N482 per dollar from N472 a dollar, staying N10 weaker, after easing off its year-high last week. At the I&E FX market, the naira remained stable at N395 per dollar. Most participants maintained bids between N384.50 and N404.91 per dollar
Given the low yield environment and an expected weakness of the bills on the back of the scheduled primary market auction (PMA) this week where the CBN will roll over NT-Bills maturities worth N50.93 billion, the NT-Bills secondary market closed on a flat note, with the average yield across the curve remaining unchanged at 0.12 per cent. Average yields across short-term, medium-term, and long-term maturities closed flat at 0.06 per cent, 0.09 per cent, and 0.18 per cent, respectively.
In the OMO bills market, the average yield across the curve increased by 8 basis points to close at 0.26 per cent as against the last close of 0.18 per cent. Thus, selling pressure was seen across short-term, medium-term, and long-term maturities with average yields rising by 3 basis points, 24 basis points, and 6 basis points, respectively. Yields on 11 bills advanced with the 2-Mar-21 maturity bill registering the highest yield increase of 32 basis points, while yields on 11 bills remained unchanged.
FGN bonds secondary market closed on a negative note Monday, as the average bond yield across the curve cleared higher by 11 basis points to close at 1.73 per cent from 1.62 per cent on the previous day. Average yields across short tenor and medium tenor of the curve widened by 14 basis points and 7 basis points, respectively, while the average yield across long tenor of the curve remained unchanged. The 27-APR-2023 maturity bond was the best performer with a decline in yield of 3 bps, while the 23-FEB-2028 maturity bond was the worst performer with an increase in yield of 62 basis points.