A lackluster performance exhibited by the local bourse on the first day of the week, Monday October 16, aided by the falling shares of GCB Bank PLC, sent the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE) market capitalization crushing to the floor.
The decline of GCB translated into a corresponding decrease of a whopping GH¢2.65 million in market capitalization, concluding the day at GH¢73.95 billion.
In the aggregate, 17 GSE listed equities participated in trading, ending with one loser, namely GCB Bank, with 0.28% share price depreciation. No gainer was recorded as the 16 equities traded flat.
GCB Bank saw a modest decline of GH¢0.01, closing at GH¢3.50 from its previous closing price of GHS3.51. However, GCB began the year with a share price of GHS3.94 but has since lost 11.2% off that price valuation, ranking it 31 on the GSE in terms of year-to-date performance.
GCB Bank is the third most traded stock on the Ghana Stock Exchange over the past three months (Jul 18 – Oct 16, 2023). GCB has traded a total volume of 1.61 million shares valued at GHS 5.64 million over the period, with an average of 25,593 traded shares per session. A volume high of 580,000 was achieved on October 4 for the same period.
GCB Bank Limited is currently the 12th most valuable stock on the GSE with a market capitalization of GHS 928 million, which makes about 1.25% of the Ghana Stock Exchange equity market.
Trading Volume Declines
The trading day witnessed 51,545 shares exchanged, amounting to GH¢135,938.78 in value. However, these figures depict an 86.83% decrease in traded volumes and a 69.80% dip in traded value compared to the previous trading day.
Leading the charts in both volume and value traded, GCB Bank remained in the spotlight. GCB Bank recorded the highest volume of 26,980 traded. Meanwhile, 14,470 MTN Ghana shares, valued at GH¢20,258.00, secured the second position.
Other prominent stocks in the top five traded stocks included Fan Milk (FML), Clydestone Ghana (CLYD), and CAL. Fan Milk secured 4,072 traded shares and Clydestone Ghana with 2,300 traded shares.
The benchmark Index, GSE-Composite Index, recorded a minor decline of 0.24 points, closing at 3,145.09 points, resulting in a year-to-date return of 28.69%.
On the other hand, the Financial Stocks Index saw a more significant drop of 0.46 points, concluding at 1,947.53 points and posting a year-to-date loss of -4.87%.
This trading session in the Ghana Stock Exchange highlights a subdued market, with GCB Bank’s marginal decline shaping the day’s performance, while broader indices experienced slight losses, reflecting the current market dynamics.
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