Following gains recorded in recent trading sessions, investors have embarked on profit taking across board, depreciating market indices by 0.45 percent on Monday.

Investors lost N41.5 billion, as market capitalization slid to N9.148 trillion from N9.189 trillion recorded last Friday while the Nigerian Stock Exchange All Share Index dropped 120.54 points to 26,586.56 points.

The day’s performance which reversed a seven day consecutive gain was largely driven by decline recorded across all sectoral indices, however the NSE Banking, Oil and Gas Index recorded the biggest decline.

The Banking index decreased 1.05 percent on account of depreciation in ETI, FCMB, Diamond, Wema, Fidelity, FBN, Access and Guaranty Bank, while the Oil and Gas Index also continued to suffer losses from previous sessions as it closed 3.64 percent down on the back of profit taking in Forte Oil, MRS, and Seplat.

Market breadth remained negative from Friday’s session with 16 gainers to 27 losers, Guinness led the day’s gainers with 9.54 percent to close at N85 per share, Julius Berger followed with a 5 percent growth to close at N36.75 per share while Neimeth Pharmaceuticals added 4.55 percent to close at 69 kobo per share.

AG Leventis and Dangote Sugar gained 4.23 and 4.10 percent each to close at 74 kobo and N6.35 per share respectively.

Forte Oil led the decliners table with a loss of 9.75 percent each to close at N104.91 per share, NCR followed with a drop of 5.12 percent to close at N8.53 per share. MRS declined by 4.99 percent to close at N43.24 per share, Unilever lost 4.98 percent to close at N37.60 per share, while ETI declined 4.90 percent to close at N11.45 per share.

Market activity level measured by volume and value traded depreciated by 70 percent and 60 percent each to settle at N262.9 million units and N1.75 billion respectively from N874.33 million units and N4.39 billion recorded in previous session respectively.

Nascon Allied Industries was the most active stock with 73.6 million shares valued at N531.1 million. UBA followed with 58.9 million shares worth N263.5 million while Diamond Bank came third with 32.1 million shares worth N27.7 million.


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