By Francis Ogwo
Trading at the stock market for February started on a negative note as investors lost N30bn on Monday. This brought an end to a five-day gaining streak.
The market capitalisation of equities listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange had risen by 3.44 per cent last week as the market continued its upward trend for five consecutive trading sessions.
In January, investors gained over N1tn as the market capitalisation rose to N22.19tn on Friday from N21.06tn at the start of the month.
The NSE All-Share Index, however, dropped by 0.13 per cent on Monday to 42,357.90 basis points from 42,412.66bps last Friday, while the market capitalisation fell to N22.16tn from N22.19tn.
Twenty-eight stocks recorded price reduction on Monday, with Royal Exchange Plc topping the losers’ table as its share price dipped by 10 per cent to N0.36.
The share price for Guinea Insurance Plc shed 9.09 per cent to close at N0.20, while African Alliance Insurance Plc dropped by eight per cent to close at N0.23 per share.
Julius Berger Nigeria Plc depreciated by 7.28 per cent to close at N21 per share, while Multiverse Mining and Exploration Plc lost 4.55 per cent to close at N0.21 per share.
Thirty-five stocks recorded gains at the close of trading on Monday, with Honeywell Flour Mill Plc leading the park as it rose by 10 per cent to close at N1.43 per share.
Wapic Insurance Plc gained 9.26 per cent to close at N0.59 per share, while Jaiz Bank Plc increased by 9.23 per cent to close at N0.71 per share.
Champion Breweries Plc appreciated by 9.97 per cent to close at N3.42 per share, while McNichols Plc increased by 9.80 per cent to N0.56 per share.