Trading on the nation’s bourse closed on a positive note Tuesday as the All-Share Index inched higher by 44.96 points or 0.11 per cent to 39,550.36 from 39,505.40 recorded on Monday.
Thus, month-to-date gain increased to 2.6 per cent, while year-to-date loss moderated to 1.8 per cent.
Also, the market capitalisation rose by N24 billion or 0.11 per cent to close at N20.606 trillion against N20.582 trillion on Monday.
The positive performance was due to investors’ increased buying interest in the industrial sector, as inflation declined further to 17.38 per cent.
The positive performance of the market was driven by price appreciation in large and medium capitalised stocks which are; Dangote Cement, Honeywell Flour Mills, UACN, Pharma-Deko and Neimeth International Pharmaceuticals.
However, the market closed at par with 16 gainers and 16 losers.
Honeywell Flour Mills drove the gainers’ chart in percentage terms with 9.78 per cent to close at N2.47 per share.
Pharm Deko followed with 9.24 per cent to close at N1.30 and Wema Bank went up 3.70 per cent to close at 84k per share.
Neimeth International increased by 3.66 per cent to close at N1.70, while Dangote Cement appreciated by 3.31 per cent to close at N249.60 per share.
On the other hand, SCOA led the losers’ chart in percentage terms by 9.74 per cent to close at N1.76 per share.
Nestle followed with 9.09 per cent to close at N1,400, while FTN Cocoa Processors lost 8.51 per cent to close at 43k per share.
Consolidated Hallmark Insurance shed 8.16 per cent to close at 45k, while Linkage Assurance dipped 6.35 per cent to close at 59k per share.
Transactions in the shares of Transcorp topped the activity chart with 11.94 million shares valued at N11.29 million.
FBN Holdings followed with 11.06 million shares worth N81.32 million, while Oando traded 7.31 million shares valued at N36.38 million.
Access Bank traded 6.19 million shares worth N56.33 million, while Nigerian Aviation Handling Company transacted 5.39 million shares worth N14.20 million.
In all, the total volume of traded declined by 21.6 per cent to 110.771 million shares valued at N3.08 billion exchanged in 3,305 deals. This was against a turnover of 141.28 million shares worth N1.64 billion transacted in 3,393 deals on Monday.