The Nigerian Exchange Ltd. (NGX) on Tuesday extended its losing streak, making the benchmark index down by 2.26 per cent.
The newsmen report that the All-Share Index (ASI) dipped 1,139.02 points or 2.26 per cent to close at 49,350.71 against 50,489.73 posted on Monday.
Also, the market capitalisation shed N614.35 billion to close at N26.62 trillion compared with N27.23 trillion achieved on Monday.
Consequently, the Year-to-Date return dropped to 15.53 per cent.
The downtrend was impacted by losses recorded in large and medium capitalised stocks, amongst which are, Dangote Cement and MTN Nigeria.
Market breadth closed negative, with 16 gainers and 11 losers.
Prestige Insurance and NEM Insurance recorded the highest price in percentage terms, with a gain of 10 per cent each to close at 44k and N3.74 per share, respectively.
Ellah Lakes followed with a 9.78 per cent to close at N3.93 per share, while Multiverse Mining and Exploration gained 9.75 per cent to close at N2.06 per share.
Ikeja Hotel appreciated by 9.28 per cent to close at N1.06 per share.
Conversely, Cornerstone Insurance led the losers’ chart with a loss of 9.33 per cent to close at 68 per share.
Dangote Cement followed with 9.06 per cent to close at N241, while Japaul Gold and Ventures depreciated by 8.11 per cent to close at 34k per share.
Sovereign Trust Insurance dropped 7.41 per cent to close at 25k, while Stanbic Bank lost 6.45 per cent to close at N29 per share.
Also, the total volume traded closed with an exchange of 140.61 million shares valued at N1.6 billion achieved in 3,895 deals.
Transactions in the shares of Japaul Gold and Ventures topped the activity chart with 3.2 million shares valued at N8.95 million.
AIICO Insurance followed with 14.8 million shares worth N8.84 million, while Sterling Bank traded 14.3 million shares valued at N21.41 million.
Sovereign Trust Insurance sold 10.1 million shares worth N2.58 million, while Guaranty Trust Holding Company (GTCO) accounted for 7.85 million shares worth N160.97 million.
In another development, the Naira on Tuesday appreciated against the dollar at the Investors and Exporters window, exchanging at N428.75.
The figure represented an increase of 0.52 per cent compared with the N431 it exchanged for the dollar on Monday.
The open indicative rate closed at N429.58 to the dollar on Tuesday.
An exchange rate of N444.00 to the dollar was the highest rate recorded within the day’s trading before it settled at N428.75.
The Naira sold for as low as N417 to the dollar within the day’s trading.
A total of 113. 64 million was traded in foreign exchange at the official investors and exporters window on Tuesday.