On the Ghana Stock Exchange
Trading activity in terms of volumes on the stock market decreased by 87.16% in the week under review as volumes of shares traded scaled down by 4,320,293. Further, the total values of shares traded decreased to GHS 1,205,142 representing 85.86% depreciation week on week. There were 5 gainers and 5 losers at week-close.
The market is expected to ride on the wave of positive market sentiments. The local bourse will continue to return impressive yields to investors in the short to medium term. YTD return on the Composite Index, i.e. a measure of the broader stock market return is currently pegged at 13.51% above the 91 day and 182 day t-bill rates [11.90% and 13.29% respectively]. GN Analysts anticipate further rise in the YTD market returns by week close on the back of better market outlook for 2017 and impressive trade numbers for this week. Investors can push funds into GCB, GOIL, SCB, BOPP EGH and FML shares this week to realize short term above-average gains on the bourse.
An analytical outlook into 2017 pictures YTD key market indices closing the year relatively better than 2016. Commodity-based stocks are expected to follow in an upward trajectory following an anticipated relative stability of major commodity prices on the world market. Most financial stocks may fail again to drive over-all returns on the market as the banking industry continues to record high levels of NPLs, financial stocks however may record lesser price volatilities as compared to 2016.
On the Ghana Alternative Market (GAX)
Trading activities on the Ghana Alternative Market closed the week with 10,100 shares of IIL valued at GHS 909.00 changing hands.
HORDS currently lead record capital gains on the GAX, appreciating by 25% from 2016 year open.
On the Currency market
The Cedi gained marginally to the British Pound and Euro but lost to the US Dollar at week close. The local currency exchanged at a mid-rate of GHS 4.3213 to the USD, GHS 5.5011 to the GBP and GHS 4.8329to the EURO as at week close. GN Market Analysts posit that, the Cedi is poised to exhibit some stability on the forex market in the short-term.
The GCFM Cedi index, a measure of the holistic performance of the Cedi on the interbank market now records a year-to-date depreciation of 5.20% losing at an average daily rate of 5.16 per cent for the week under review.