The Nigerian Stock Exchange on Wednesday, recorded second gain in October with the market capitalisation increasing by N15 billion.
Specifically, the market capitalisation which opened at N12.835 trillion, inched N15 billion or 0.12 per cent to close at N12.850 trillion.
Also, the All Share Index rose by 32.11 points or 0.12 per cent to close at 26,397.94 compared with 26,397.94 achieved on Tuesday.
The upturn was impacted by gains recorded in medium and large capitalised stocks, amongst which are; Dangote Cement, United Bank for Africa, FBN Holdings, UACN Property Development Company and Omoluabi Mortgage Bank.
Analysts at Afrinvest Limited stated that “Notwithstanding yesterday’s positive performance, we maintain our bearish outlook on the market, although we expect third quarter earnings to guide investors’ sentiment”.
In spite of the growth in market indices, market breadth closed negative as eight stocks posted gains, while 11 stocks posted declines.
Omoluabi Mortgage Bank recorded the highest price gain of 10 per cent, to close at 55k per share.
UACN Property followed with a gain nine per cent to close at N1.09, while AG Leventis appreciated by 7.69 per cent to close at 28k per share.
UBA went up by 2.63 per cent to close at N5.85, while FBN Holdings appreciated by 1.89 per cent to close at N5.40 per share.
Conversely, Union Diagnostic and Clinical Services led the losers’ chart by 8.33 per cent, to close at 22k per share.
Lasaco Assurance followed with a decline of 7.14 per cent to close at 26k, while Jaiz Bank dipped 6.25 per cent to close at 45k per share.
Access Bank lost 3.40 per cent to close at N7.10, while Lafarge Africa shed 2.97 per cent to close at N14.70 per share.
The total volume traded declined by 58.08 per cent with an exchange of 290.94 million shares worth N2.78 billion traded in 2,668 deals.