The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) All-Share Index on Friday rose by 0.90 per cent in spite of rise in inflation rate recorded in December 2019.
Newsmen report that the index rose by 265.39 points or 0.90 per cent to close at 29,618.52 against 29,353.13 achieved on Thursday.
Also, the market capitalisation which opened at N15.142 trillion inched N114 billion to close at N15.256 trillion posted on Thursday.
Newsmen report that data from National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed that headline inflation rate firmed up in December by 0.13 per cent to 11.98 per cent against 11.85 per cent in November.
Commenting on the development, Ambrose Omordion, the Chief Operating Officer, InvestData Ltd., said the market did not react to the inflation data due to Monetary Policy Committee meeting slated for next week.
“I think the decision of MPC members next week will give clearer picture of the next economic direction,” Mr Omordion stated.
He said that inflation rate would likely slow down this January as shown by December figure.
“Despite December being the peak of the festive period, coupled with the border closure, inflation rate growth change is slowing down and the possibility of a decline in January is high,” he added.
However, market breadth closed downbeat with 13 gainers and 16 losers.
Newsmen reports that MTN Nigeria Communications led the gainers’ table, increasing by N3.60 to close at N126.60 per share.
Guaranty Trust Bank followed with a gain of N1.15 to close at N33.50, while Stanbic IBTC garnered N1 to close at N42.50 per share.
UACN added 70k to close at N10.70, while Zenith Bank grew by 50k to close at N22.30 per share.
On the other hand, Unilever topped the losers’ chart, dropping by 30k to close at N18.50 per share.
Lafarge Africa trailed with a loss of 15k to close at N15.80, while United Bank for Africa dipped 10k to close at N8.80 per share.
Union Bank was also down by 10k to close at N6.05, while NEM Insurance dropped by 9k to close at N1.96 per share.
A breakdown of the activity chart shows that United Bank for Africa was the toast of investors with 65.74 million shares worth N584.80 million.
Access Bank followed with an account of 47.47 million valued at N495.53 million, while Zenith Bank traded 38.28 million shares worth N844.89 million.
FCMB Group accounted for 21.23 million shares valued at N41.28 million, while Omatek exchanged 20.01 million shares worth N8.20 million.
In all, investors bought and sold 324.97 million shares valued at N3.55 billion exchanged in 4,175 deals.
This was against a turnover of 387.16 million shares valued at N5.02 billion traded in 4,654 deals on Thursday.