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Equities Market Extends Growth By 0.46%

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Key indicators of the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) closed upbeat on Friday with a growth of 0.46 per cent, amid gains by some blue chips.

Specifically, the All-Share Index inched higher by 177.86 basis points or 0.46 per cent to close at 38,726.10 basis points from 38,548.24 basis points on Thursday.

Also, the market capitalisation increased by N92 billion or 0.46 per cent to N20.184 trillion from N20.092 trillion reported on Thursday.

A breakdown of the price movement chart shows that 21 stocks posted price appreciation in contrast with 10 laggards.

Morison Industry led the gainers table in percentage terms, gaining 9.71 per cent to N1.13 per share.

Veritas Capital came second with 9.09 per cent to 24k, while UPL increased by 9.09 per cent to N1.68 per share.

NPF Micro Finance Bank added 6.59 per cent to N1.78, while Honey Well Flour gained 6.03 per cent to close at N1.23 per share.

On the other hand, CWG topped the losers’ chart in percentage terms, dropping by 9.47 per cent to N1.53 per share.

Regence Insurance trailed with a loss of 9.09 per cent to 50k, while Royal Exchange dipped 7.69 per cent y2k per share.

Lasaco Insurance declined by 6.71 per cent to close at N1.39, while Africa Prudential shed 4.84 per cent to N5.90 per share.

However, the volume of shares transacted dipped 20.28 per cent as investors bought and sold 199.06 million shares valued at N1.59 billion in 3,150 deals.

This was against a turnover of 249.69 million shares worth N1.88 billion traded in 3,524 deals on Thursday.

Sovereign Trust Insurance was the toast of investors, exchanging 31.79 million shares valued at N8.35 million.

FCMB Group followed with an account of 28.27 million shares worth N9.53 million, while Royal Express traded 10.85 million shares valued at N7.75 million.

Fidelity Bank accounted for 10.29 million shares worth N23.12 million, while Royal Insurance traded 9.69 million shares valued at N4.97 million.

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