First Bank Holding Company (FBNH) shares ended the trading week at a new three-year high of N12.70 per share. Following four days of significant demand in the shares of FBNH, the bank ends the week at the highest price we have seen in three years since April 20, 2018 when the share price stood at N12.85, till present. 

The Tier-1 bank, once again enjoyed investors bullish stance trading over 476 million units of shares valued at N5.93 billion and taking the share price up 8.09% from the previous closing price of N11.75 to close the day at N12.70, although the shares traded at N12.90 during the trading session. 

At today’s closing price, FBNH’s shares have rewarded investors who bought at a three year low of N3.7 with more than 240% returns. Although, year-to-date, investors who bought at N7.15 at the beginning of the year, have earned 77.62% on their investment. 

Week-on-Week, however, the shares of the bank have gained approximately 30.00% in price from N9.80 last week Friday to N12.70 today. 

As Nairametrics stated in a previous article, investors’ appetite witnessed in the shares of the bank can be attributed to the rumoured takeover by a strategic investor. 

Market Performance 

The Nigerian Exchange market closed on a positive note amidst sell-offs and buy-interests as the benchmark All-Share Index (ASI) appreciated by 75 basis points.  

The NGX ASI closed at 41,438.15 points, to reflect a growth of 0.75% from the previous trading day and a Year-to-Date (YTD) return of 2.90%. Meanwhile, the market capitalization increased by N192.54 billion.  

At the close of market today, Friday, 15th of October 2021, the stock exchange market value currently stands at N21.62 trillion from N21.43 trillion in the previous trading day.  

The market breadth closed positive as SCOA led 30 Gainers, and 8 Losers topped by CHAMS at the end of today’s session.  

The stock market has advanced 1,167.43 basepoints since the start of the year.  

NGX ASI Top gainers 

SCOA up +9.20% to close at N0.95 
CUSTODIAN up +8.96% to close at N7.30 
INTBREW up +8.70% to close at N5.00 
FBNH up +8.09% to close at N12.70 
GLAXOSMITH up +6.56% to close at N6.50 

NGX ASI Top losers  

CHAMS down –8.33% to close at N0.22 
UPL down –6.25% to close at N1.50 
WAPCO down –4.74% to close at N24.10 
AFRIPRUD down –3.62% to close at N6.65 
STERLING down –3.18% to close at N1.52 

NGX ASI Top Traded by Volume    

FBNH – 476,546,101 units       
UNIVINSURE – 39,687,186 units   
GTCO – 33,167,327 units    
FIDELITY – 21,872,951 units     
TRANSCORP – 20,787,030 units  

NGX ASI Top Traded by Value  

FBNH –  N5,928,563,027.75 
GTCO –  N972,384,744.00 
NB –  N361,527,730.00 
ACCESS –  N163,000,235.45 
ZENITHBANK –  N126,066,965.80 

Market sentiments trend towards the bulls with the market differential being in favour the advancers as 30 gainers surpass 8 losers.