The Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE) which has long been a barometer of the nation’s economic health, reflecting the ebbs and flows of various sectors, has witnessed a lot of optimism, albeit on a cautious note as some blue chip stocks outperformed mid-caps, securing gains on the penultimate trading day of the week.
The sense of cautious optimism pervading the exchange is as a result of weeks of major companies’ third-quarter result announcements, with traders opting to heed the trend set by the rest of the African markets.
Out of the 13 GSE listed equities that participated in trading, the session ended with two gainers and no loser. The two gainers were Ecobank Ghana (EGH) (+6.06%) and MTN Ghana (+2.19%).
EGH closed its trading day (Thursday, November 9, 2023) at GHS7.00 per share on the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE), recording a 40 pesewas gain over its previous closing price of GHS6.60.
Ecobank began the year with a share price of GHS6.64 and has since gained 5.42% on that price valuation, ranking it seventh on the GSE in terms of year-to-date performance. Shareholders can be optimistic about EGH knowing the stock has accrued 32% over the past four-week period alone – best on GSE.
MTNGH closed its last trading day at GHS1.40 per share on the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE), recording a 3 gain over its previous closing price of GHS1.37. MTN began the year with a share price of GHS0.88 and has since gained 59.1% on that price valuation, ranking it fifth on the GSE in terms of year-to-date performance.
MTN Ghana remains the number one most traded stock on the Ghana Stock Exchange over the past three months (Aug 14 – Nov 9, 2023). MTNGH has traded a total volume of 148 million shares valued at GHS 198 million over the period, with an average of 2.35 million traded shares per session. A volume high of 83.2 million was achieved on August 17, and a low of 226 on August 21, for the same period.
Both Value and Volume of Trade Remain Elevated
At the end of the Thursday’s trading session on the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE), a total of 66,406 shares, corresponding to a market value of GHS 114,975.45, were traded. Compared with the previous GSE trading day (Wednesday, November 8), the data showed 253% improvement in volume and 77% improvement in turnover.
CAL Bank recorded the highest volume of 39,504 traded shares, followed by Access Bank Ghana (10,071), Ecobank Ghana (7,318) and Republic Bank Ghana (5,053).
Regarding the performance of GSE market indices, the benchmark GSE Composite Index (GSE-CI) increased by 48.39 (1.54%) points to close at 3,195.46, representing a 1-week gain of 2.04%, a 4-week gain of 1.73%, and an overall year-to-date gain of 30.75%.
The GSE Financial Stocks Index (GSE-FSI) also increased by 1.11% to reach 2,042.09 points, making it a 1-week gain of 2.59%, a 4-week gain of 4.86%, and a year-to-date loss of 0.51%.
Ghana, like many nations, has faced challenges in the wake of global economic shifts. However, recent policy reforms and infrastructural investments have injected a sense of optimism into the business climate. The government’s commitment to economic diversification and sustainable development has been a driving force behind investor confidence.
The Ghana Stock Exchange stands at a crossroad, where optimism meets caution. A confluence of factors contribute to a positive outlook. However, the inherent uncertainties in the global economic landscape necessitate a measured approach.
Investors and stakeholders navigating these waters with a watchful eye, embodying a spirit of cautious optimism that reflects both resilience and prudence in the pursuit of sustainable growth.