The Nigerian stock market resumed after the Easter public holidays on Tuesday with a loss of 0.39 per cent due to persistent bearish trend, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
Specifically, the All-Share Index lost 150.13 points or 0.39 per cent to close 38,766.61 compared with 38,916.74 achieved on Thursday.
Also, the market capitalization lost N78bn to close at N20.28tn from N20.361tn achieved before the break on Thursday.
The market loss was driven by price depreciation in large and medium capitalised stocks, amongst which are Guinness Nigeria, MRS Oil Nigeria, Guaranty Trust Bank, BUA Cement and Aluminium Extrusion Industries.
Market sentiment turned negative with 21 laggards, relative to 14 gainers.
MRS Oil led the losers’ chart in percentage terms by 9.92 per cent to close at N10.90 per share.
Aluminium Extrusion Industries followed with a decline of 9.88 per cent to close at N7.30, while Consolidated Hallmark Insurance shed 9.38 percent to close at 29k per share.