The All Share Index (ASI) rose further by 0.55 per cent today to close at 35,660.04 points with gains recorded in the industrial good sector, as against a growth of 0.19 per cent recorded on Wednesday.
The market capitalisation also gained N69 billion to close at N12.294 trillion pushing the year to date returns to 32.69%
The day’s performance was strengthened by gains in Dangote Cement which added N4.99 on the backdrop of its confirmation on its interest in acquiring South African PPC Limited, which the company said is still at preliminary stages
The industrial index thus gained 1.08 per cent, while the NSE Banking and Oil&Gas indices dropped by 0.63 per cent and 1.02 per cent respectively.
Okomuoil, Jaiz Bank and CI Leasing led the day’s 16 gainers by a growth of 5.74, 4.48 and 4.35 percent each, to close at N66.50, 70kobo and N1.20 respectively while Neimeth, Unilever and Conoil led the day’s 22 decliners with a depreciation of 8.43, 5 and 5 per cent each closing at 76 kobo, N27.55and N41.80 per share respectively.
Zenith, Guaranty and Skye Bank were the most active to boost market turnover, as investors in 3,241 deals moved 128.3 million units of shares valued at N2.7 billion in contrast to 119.9 million units valued at N1.745 billion traded in 3,015 deals on Wednesday.