NSE Searches For Direction Amidst Weak Fundamentals, Confidence.
As the economic and financial market await policy direction of the government in clear terms this New Year, the stock market volatility continues following which the benchmark Nigerian Stock Exchange All-Share index closes positive one day and negative in the next session due to the uncertainty that brings about caution and the need to play safe associated with the January effects.
Add this to the fear that the government might continue with its old style of 2016 and fail to tackle challenges in the economy heads-on, a situation that continues to negatively impact investor confidence that is still affecting the financial system and by implication, the market till date.
However, as a discerning investor and smart trader, this is the time to go for the best strategy that meets your investment goal or objective. Instead of allowing the up and down movement of stock prices affect your position, go for value stocks and position in stages before their numbers (earnings score-cards) start hitting the market in a matter of weeks.
At the close of Wednesday’s trading, the composite NSE All-Share index gained 39.56 points to close at 26, 385.80 as against the opening level of 26,346.24, representing a 0.15% slide on relatively low volume of trades as stock prices marginally appreciated during trades with slowdown in selling pressure. This pushed the market capitalization slightly up by N10 billion to close at N9.08 trillion from opening value of N9.07 trillion.
Consequently, the Year-to-Date negative returns of the NSE’s All Share Index fell to 1.89%, just like market capitalisation also for the period.
The market breadth turned positive, as the number of advancers outpaced decliners in the ratio of 19:16., while volume of transactions was down by 47.18% to 197 million shares, worth N1.05 billion as against the previous session’s 373 million units valued at N1.33 billion.
Transactions in the shares of UBN, DIAMOND BANK, TRANSCORP, FBNH and FCMB, topped the activity chart as most traded equities by volume.
At the close of trading, all the sectorial indexes and the All Share index were up except for NSE INS, NSE CONSUMER GOODS and NSE OIL/GAS that closed lower, while NSE ASem closed flat.
One feature that cannot be glossed over about Wednesday’s trading was the fact that major agribusiness sector stocks: Okomu and Presco, which are into oil palm and rubber plantations and the value-chain, led the advancers table with significant 10.21% and 10.20% to close at N44.27and N44.19 per share respectively. Leading the decliners’ table were brewer of alcoholic and malt beverages- Guinness and construction giant- Julius Berger (despite news on Tuesday that the Federal Government has approved N14.446 billion additional funds for the construction of the 2nd Niger Bridge linking Delta in the South-South to Anambra in the South East and part of the North Central zones). Guinness lost 6.37% and Julius Berger, 4.98% to close at N74.9 and N36.66 respectively.