The Nigerian Bourse extended losses to the second consecutive session as the All Share Index moderated 8bps to close at 36,641.52 points on Wednesday while YTD return weakened to 36.3%. Likewise, market capitalization declined by N9.7bn to settle at N12.6tn on the back of pull-backs in Tier-1 - ACCESS (-2.2%), UBA (-1.5%) and ZENITH (-0.5%). Activity level softened as volume and value traded fell 6.0% and 0.4% to settle at 198.6m units and N2.9bn respectively.
Negative Sector Performance Continues
Similar to previous trading session, sector indices' performance was largely bearish with 3 sectors declining while 2 closed flat. The Oil & Gas index depreciated the most, down 0.4% owing to a 3.0% loss in TOTAL. The Insurance index followed, closing 0.3% lower due to losses in NEM (-2.9%) and LAWUNION (-4.9%) while the Banking index lost 0.2% as a result of sell-offs in ACCESS (-2.2%), UBA (-1.5%) and ZENITH (-0.5%). Relatedly, Guaranty Trust Bank, a leading Tier-1 Bank, submitted its 9M:2017 result; gross earnings fell 5.9% Y-o-Y from N329.3bn in 9M:2016 to N309.9bn in 9M:2017 whereas PAT rose 7.3% from N117.1bn to N125.6bn. The Consumer Goods index was unchanged as appreciations in NIGERIAN BREWERIES (+0.3%) and DANGSUGA (+0.6%) were offset by depreciations in FLOURMILL (-2.7%) and NASCON (-4.7%). Similarly, the Industrial Goods index closed flat.
Investor Sentiment Weakens
Market breadth weakened from 1.0x recorded on Tuesday to a negative close of 0.6x after 12 stocks advanced against 21 decliners. Today’s best performing stocks were GLAXOSMITH (+5.0%), CUSTODYINS (+4.9%) and LEARNAFRCA (+3.9%), while NAHCO (-5.6%), LAWUNION (-4.9%) and CAVERTON (-4.8%) were the worst performers. Despite consecutive negative closes, we envisage a rebound in market performance in subsequent sessions due to positive outlook on Q3:2017 earnings results.