The nation’s bourse resumed Monday trading on a negative trend dropping by 0.13 per cent due to profit taking on blue chips, including Nestle and 27 other stocks.
Specifically, the All-Share Index lost 54.76 points or 0.13 per cent to close at 42,357.90 in contrast with 42,412.66 on Friday.
Accordingly, the month-to-date return settled at -0.1 per cent, while the year-to-date gain moderated to 5.2 per cent. Also, the market capitalisation declined by N29 billion or 0.13 per cent to close at N22.157 trillion when compared with N22. 186 trillion posted on Friday.
The downturn was impacted by losses recorded in medium and large capitalised stocks, amongst which are; Nestle Nigeria, Julius Berger, Flour Mills of Nigeria, Vitafoam and Access Bank.
Royal Exchange led the losers’ chart in percentage terms, losing 10 per cent to close at 36 book per share.
It was trailed by Guinea Insurance followed 9.09 per cent to close at 20 kobo, while African Alliance Insurance shed eight per cent to close at 23 kobo per share. Julius Berger dipped 7.28 per cent to close at N21, while Multiverse shed 4.55 per cent to close at 21 kobo per share.
Conversely, Honeywell Flour Mill dominated the gainers’ chart in percentage terms gaining 10 per cent to close at N1.43 per share.
Champion Breweries followed 9.97 per cent to close at N3.42, while McNichols rose by 9.80 per cent to close at 56 kobo per share.
Wapic Insurance rose by 9.26 per cent to close at 59 kobo, while Jaiz Bank appreciated by 9.23 per cent to close at 71 kobo per share.
Also, the total volume traded declined by 12.4 per cent as investors bought and sold 586.81 million shares, worth N6.02 billion traded in 7,611 deals. This was in contrast with 669.88 million shares valued at N6.59 billion exchanged in 6,663 deals on Friday.