By Motolani Oseni
The key market indices of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Tuesday rallied to an all-time high, appreciating by 4.92 per cent.
Specifically, the market capitalisation which opened at ₦14.402 trillion rose by ₦949 billion to close at ₦15.110 trillion.
Also, the All Share Index rose by 1,354.88 or 4.92 per cent to close at 28,909.37 against 27,554.49 points on Monday.
The uptrend was impacted by gains recorded in large and medium capitalised stocks, amongst which are; Dangote Cement, MTN Nigeria Communication, Presco, Nigerian Breweries and Stanbic IBTC Holdings.
Consequently, the market breadth closed positive with 45 gainers compared with eight losers.
Mr Ambrose Omordion, the Chief Operating Officer, InvestData Ltd., said that low interest and undervalued state of the stock market had triggered inflow of funds to blue chip and growth stocks in search of better return in a hyperinflation environment.
Omordion said the possibility of oil prices sustaining uptrend in the last quarter of the year, being the most active period in the world, contributed to the trend.
He said that the trend was likely to persist till third-quarter numbers started hitting the market. Cornerstone Insurance, International Breweries and Presco led the gainers’ chart in percentage terms, with 10 per cent each, to close at 66k, ₦4.29 and ₦60.50 per share, respectively.
FBN Holdings followed with 9.91 per cent to close at ₦6.10, while Northern Nigeria Flour Mills rose by 9.88 per cent to close at ₦4.45 per share.
Dangote Cement gained 9.86 per cent to close at ₦158.20, while Lafarge Africa appreciated by 9.69 per cent to close at ₦17.55 per share.
Conversely, NPF Microfinance Bank led the laggards’ chart in percentage terms, losing 8.76 per cent to close at ₦1.25 per share.
Wapic Insurance lost 7.69 per cent to close at 36k, while Academy Press dipped 6.90 per cent to close at 27k per share.
Berger Paints dropped 6.15 per cent to close at N6.10, while Neimeth International Pharmaceuticals shed 5.13 per cent each to close at N1.85 per share.
Transactions in the shares of Zenith Bank topped the activity chart, accounting 135.69 million shares valued at ₦2.77 billion.
United Bank for Africa followed with 112.89 million shares worth ₦768.18 million, while FBN Holdings traded 89.91million shares valued at ₦544.41 million.
Access Bank sold 56.03 million shares worth ₦426.27 million, while Guaranty Trust Bank transacted 40.06 million shares valued at ₦1.22 billion.
In all, the total volume of shares traded rose by 24.1 per cent with an exchange of 749.47 million shares, worth ₦9.49 billion traded in 8,075 deals.
This was in contrast with 603.95 million shares valued at ₦7.42 billion transacted in 5,984 deals on Monday.