…As Swiss finally set to retaliate against EU, over stock market access***
Transactions on the nation’s bourse resumed on Monday still on a negative trend with the market capitalization dropping by N18 billion. Specifically, the market capitalization which opened at N13.154 trillion lost N18 billion or 0.14 per cent to close at N13.136 trillion.
Also, the All-Share Index shed 42.09 points or 0.14 per cent to close at 29,809.20 following losses by some blue chips.
The performance was influenced by price depreciation in medium and large capitalised stocks, among which are, Nigerian Breweries, Cement Company of Northern Nigeria (CCNN), Ecobank Transnational Inc (ETI), Dangote Sugar Refinery and Access Bank.
On the market’s performance, analysts at APT Securities and Funds Limited said: “We retain our cautious trading advice in the short run. However, accumulation of fundamentally justified and dividend paying stocks for mid to long term is recommended.”
Also, analysts at United Capital Plc expected the market to be on a quiet note, this week.
“However, we expect portfolio manager to take some adjustment to rebalance their portfolios as second quarter, 2019 closes out by end of the week, while positioning for interim dividend in third quarter,” they said.
Market breadth was positive with 24 gainers against 19 losers.
A breakdown of the price movement table shows that Champion Breweries recorded the highest price gain of 9.86 per cent, to close at N1.56 per share.
GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Nigeria followed with a gain of 9.63 per cent, to close at N10.25, while Prestige Assurance rose by 9.26 per cent to close at 59k per share.
LASACO Assurance rose by 6.90 per cent to close at 21k, while Mutual Benefits Assurance and Thomas Wyatt Nigeria gained five per cent each to close at 21k and 42k per share, respectively.
Conversely, CCNN and NEM Insurance led the losers’ chart, dropping by 10 per cent each, to close at N12.15 and N2.52 per share respectively.
ETI came second with a decline 9.69 per cent to close at N10.25 per share.
NPF Micro Finance Bank declined by 7.69 per cent to close at N1.20, while Dangote Sugar was down by 7.66 per cent, to close at N11.45 per share.
However, the total volume closed higher with an exchange of 573.67 million shares valued at N10.213 billion transacted in 4,076 deals.
This was in contrast with a turnover of 189.96 million shares worth N4.16 billion traded in 3,089 deals on Friday.
Zenith Bank was the toast of investors with 355.21 million shares valued at N7.10 billion.
Access Bank followed with 35.73 million shares worth N240.83 million, while Lafarge Africa traded 32.50 million shares valued at N388.93 million.
Guaranty Trust sold 25.81 million shares worth N802.1 million, while Lasaco Assurance transacted 14.97 million shares worth N4.63 million.
In the meantime, there are indications that Swiss may be finally ready to retaliate against EU, over stock market access
The logo Swiss stock exchange operator SIX Group is seen at the entrance hall of the stock exchange in Zurich, Switzerland (Photo: Reuters)
The Swiss Government said on Monday it was ready to ban stock exchanges in the European Union from trading Swiss shares, intensifying a row over a stalled partnership treaty.
The move follows the EU not extending stock market equivalence to Switzerland after Brussels grew frustrated with Swiss foot-dragging on the long-discussed agreement.
In response, Bern said it would withdraw recognition from trading venues in the EU from July 1 to “protect the Swiss stock exchange infrastructure in the event of non-extension’’.
“Trading venues in the EU would thus be prohibited from offering or facilitating trading in certain shares of Swiss companies from that date,’’ the Swiss government said in a statement.
The EU refrained from extending stock market equivalence, due to expire at the end of June because the Swiss did not endorse a partnership treaty with the EU that had been negotiated for years, a diplomat told Reuters on Friday.
Granting stock market equivalence is the EU’s major leverage in trying to get the Swiss to finally sign off on an agreement governing ties.
But Switzerland’s Foreign Minister has said repeatedly that Bern will not be rushed into any deal, although it remains open for talks.
Bern’s request, this month for “clarifications” on three areas – protecting wages, regulating state aid and defining the rights of EU citizens in Switzerland – is seen in Brussels as demands to reopen the treaty text, which the EU refuses to do.
SIX, the operator of the Swiss bourse, said it welcomed the Swiss decision to activate the protective measures, as this meant EU market participants could still access the Swiss domestic market and continue to be able to trade Swiss shares directly at SIX.