Honeywell, Axa Mansard, other stocks drive August’s first positive close

Nigeria’s stock market recorded its first positive close in this month of August as investors saw bargain opportunities in most down beaten stocks like Honeywell Flour Mills, Axa Mansard Insurance, Caverton and others.

The market advanced remarkably by 1.35percent or N364billion at the close of trading session on Tuesday August 2.

Honeywell topped advancers league after its share price increased by 20kobo or 9.66percent, from N2.07 to N2.27, followed by Axa Mansard Insurance which increased from N1.72 to N1.85, adding 13kobo or 7.56percent, and Caverton which rose by 9kobo or 8.18percent, from N1.10 to N1.19.

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The Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) All-Share Index (ASI) and Market Capitalisation increased from preceding trading day’s lows of 49,950.32 points and N26.936trillion to 50,626.04 points and N27.300trillion.

The market’s positive return year-to-date (YtD) increased to 18.52percent.

The top-5 traded stocks include Multiverse Mining and Exploration Plc, FBN Holdings, GTCO, Zenith Bank, and AIICO as investors in 4,706 deals exchanged 129,166,039 shares valued at N2.861billion.

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