In a notable turn of events, the Nigerian stock market soared to a 15-year high, reflecting the fervent interest of investors in equities. The All-Share Index (ASI) of the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) witnessed a robust climb of 0.51 percent, reaching 66,490.34 points at the close of trading on Tuesday. This marked a significant increase from the previous day’s 66,151.38 points, surpassing the highest value of 66,371.20 recorded back on March 5, 2008.
The buoyancy in the market can be largely attributed to the resurgent performance of banking stocks. Investors strategically positioned themselves to capitalize on the recent impressive earnings reported by banks. Consequently, market capitalization also surged by 0.51 percent, closing at N39.69 trillion, a notable surge from the N36.21 trillion recorded just a day earlier.
This positive market momentum translated to a gain of N510 billion for investors within the span of two trading sessions. Among the sectoral indices, the NGX Banking Index experienced the most significant daily gain, soaring by 1.63 percent. Following suit were the NGX Consumer Goods Index, posting a 0.99 percent increase, and the NGX Industrial Index, which edged up by 0.21 percent. However, the NGX Oil/Gas Index dipped by 0.09 percent, and the NGX Insurance Index took a substantial hit, recording a decline of 1.56 percent. This reallocation of funds by investors was attributed to the changes in these sectors.
Market activities on Tuesday witnessed a substantial upswing in trade turnover in comparison to the previous session. Transaction values surged by an impressive 79.18 percent, with a total volume of stocks traded reaching 436.95 million units, valued at N7.02 billion. These figures marked a significant jump from Monday’s 311.12 million units valued at N3.92 billion, exchanged in 7,193 deals.
FBN Holdings took the lead on the activity chart with the sale of 55.15 million units valued at N911.21 million. Japaul Gold followed closely, selling 33.11 million units worth N29.92 million, while UBA transacted 30.17 million units valued at N41.21 million.
The market breadth maintained a positive trend, with 35 stocks appreciating in value and 32 stocks experiencing depreciation. Champion Breweries spearheaded the gainers’ list, marking an impressive 10 percent increase in stock value. Conversely, Linkage Assurance led the decliners, experiencing a 10 percent decrease in stock value among the group of 32 declining securities.
Market experts attribute this robust performance to a confluence of factors, including investor sentiment influenced by macroeconomic developments such as the establishment and inauguration of the economic cabinet by President Bola Tinubu. Movements in yields within the fixed income market also played a role in shaping the dynamics of the market. They further underscore the importance of strategic investments in fundamentally robust stocks, especially in the face of ongoing challenges posed by the fragile macroeconomic environment on corporate earnings.