Dangote Cement led gainers chart as NSE rebounds by N167bn

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    By Chinyere Joel-Nwokeoma

    Lagos, Feb. I 1, 2021 After days of persistent bearish trend, transactions on the nation’s bourse rebounded on Thursday by 0.78 per cent following buying interest in Dangote Cement.

    Specifically, the All-Share Index rose by 318.29 points or 0.78 per cent to close at 41,014.30 compared with 40,696.01 posted on Wednesday.

    Also, the market capitalisation, which opened at N21.289 trillion inched higher by N167 billion or 0.78 per cent to close at N21.456 trillion.

    The gain was driven by price appreciation in large and medium capitalised stocks amongst which are: Dangote Cement, Mutual Benefits Assurance, Soverign Trust Insurance, Vitafoam and Unilever.

    Dangote Cement dominated the gainers’ chart in percentage terms, gaining 7.04 per cent to close at N228 per share.

    Mutual Benefits Assurance followed with 5.41 per cent to close at 39k, while Sovereign Trust Insurance appreciated by 3.70 per cent to close at 28k per share.

    Vitafoam rose by 3.33 per cent to close at N9.30, while Unilever appreciated by 2.57 per cent to close at N13.95 per share.

    On the other hand, Linkage Assurance and Livestock Feeds led the losers’ chart in percentage terms, losing 10 per cent each to close at 54k and N2.25 per share, respectively.

    Nigerian Aviation Handling Company dipped 9.96 per cent to close at N2.08,p per share.

    Northern Nigeria Flour Mills lost 9.88 per cent to close at N7.02, while Portland Paints & Products shed 9.84 per cent to close at N2.84 per share.

    Also, the total volume of shares traded rose by 247.4 per cent as investors bought and sold 1.27 billion shares worth N6.39 billion in 6,573 deals.

    This was against 366.86 million shares valued at N5.84 billion achieved in 5,718 deals on Wednesday.

    Transactions in the shares of LivingTrust Mortgage Bank, formerly Omoluabi Mortgage Bank, topped the activity chart with 796.45 million shares worth N493.80 million.

    Transcorp followed with 55.75 million shares valued at N50.54 million, while FBN Holdings traded 51.94 million shares worth N364.51 million.

    United Bank for Africa accounted for 48.78 million shares valued at N380.21 million, while Zenith Bank transacted 37.11 million shares worth N885.3 million.

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    Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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