Ghana Stock Exchange suffers losses after record high

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After attaining a record high of 45.53% in the current year, the Ghana Stock Exchange suffers a fall-back in its performance indices. The GSE composite index (GSE-CI) which peaked at a year-to-date figure of 45.53% on 6th September 2017, started to decline on the following trading day (7th September 2017). This followed a continuous decline in subsequent trading days. At the end of trading yesterday (15th September 2017), the Ghana Stock Exchange closed with a year-to-date return of 36.78%. Overall, the stock market has therefore dropped by 8.75% over the past week. Furthermore, the GSE Financial Stocks Index (GSE-FSI) has similarly plunged from its year-to-date figure of 44.14% (recorded on 6th September) to 30.92% on 15th September 2017. This translates in a loss of 13.22%.

The losses were mainly contributed by some financial stocks on the bourse. Standard Chartered Bank Limited (SCB), for instance, suffered a cumulative loss of 23.11% between 6th September and 15th September 2017. The banking stock, which was trading at GH¢26.01 on 6th September 2017, closed trading at GH¢20 on 15th September 2017. GCB Bank Limited (GCB) similarly recorded a loss of 12.43% between 6th September and 15th September 2017. In addition, Enterprise Group Limited (EGL) registered a loss of 10.71% over the same period. The Insurance stock retreated from its trading price of GH¢5.6 (on 6th September 2017) to GH¢5.00 on 15th September 2017.



GSE records 16.31% return in first half of the year

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After failing to post positive results in the last two years, the Ghana Stock Exchange continue on its track of recovering from previous losses. This is reflected in its performance in the first half of the 2017 year. At the end of trading session yesterday (30th June 2017), the GSE Composite Index inched up by 12.77 points to close at 1,964.55, representing a year-to-date gain of 16.31%. Likewise, the GSE Financial Stocks Index edged up by 11.5 points to close at 1,824.88, representing a year-to-date gain of 18.08%. Yesterday’s gains were made possible by six gainers and no losers. At the end of the trading session, Standard Chartered Bank Limited (SCB) led the gainers with 11 pesewas to close at GH¢17.04 per share. This was followed by Benso Oil Palm Plantation Limited (BOPP) and Ghana Oil Company Limited (GOIL), which gained 8 pesewas and 5 pesewas each to close at GH¢4.40 and GH¢1.87 per share respectively. Fan Milk Limited (FML) also gained 4 pesewas to close at GH¢11.82 per share while Enterprise Group Limited (EGL) and Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI) both gained a pesewa each to close at GH¢2.39 and GH¢0.13 per share respectively.

In relation to the year-to-date performance of individual stocks, UTB bank lead with 133.33%, followed by BOPP (111.54%) and GOIL (70%) respectively. These are then followed by GCB (46.07%), SCB (39.98%), ETI (30%) and SOGEGH (20.97%). Others include CAL bank (16%), ALW (14.29%), SCB PREF (13.33%), TOTAL (12.12%), FML (6.1%), EGH (6.06%) and UNIL (5.76%).

Despite the overall positive results of the exchange, a few listed stocks posted negative returns in the half year. Notable of these stocks are Mechanical Lloyd Company Limited (-33.33%), HFC Bank (-26.67%) and Tullow Oil Plc (-22.10%). Other stocks with losses so far include Starwin Products Limited (-33.3%), Produce Buying Company Limited (33.3%), Ayrton Drugs Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (16.67%), PZ Cussons Ghana Limited (-9.09%), Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited (8.59%) SIC Insurance Company Limited (-8.33%), AngloGold Ashanti Depository shares (-7.69%) and Access Bank Ghana (-7.32%).

In the same period, a few stocks such as Agricultural Development Bank, Golden Web Limited, Cocoa Processing Company Ltd. and Clydestone (Ghana) Ltd. neither recorded a gain nor a loss.