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  • The MSE Equity Price Index trended higher for the first time in four trading sessions as it rebounded by a minimal 0.04% to 4,475.986 points. Most of today’s activity took place in the equities of Malita Investments plc and Bank of Valletta plc. Malita surged 6.3% to regain the €0.85 level on eleven deals totalling 163,757 shares whilst BOV slipped 1.1% to a near three-month low of €1.78 across 107,810 shares. The equity of BOV is still trading with the entitlement to a net dividend of €0.052 per share. Download a copy of today’s Equity Market Summary.
  • The RF MGS Index gained 0.09% to 1,118.605 points as euro zone sovereign yields remained under downward pressure amid concerns over escalating trade barriers between the US and China. Moreover, fresh economic data published in Germany disappointed.
  • In the property segment, Malta Properties Company plc climbed 4.3% to the €0.49 level after recovering strongly from an intra-day low of €0.456 (-3%). A total of 24,700 shares changed hands.
  • Trident Estates plc advanced by 0.5% to the €1.91 level across 10,400 shares.
  • Among the large caps, GO plc recaptured the €3.60 level (+2.9%) on volumes totalling 15,800 shares.
  • Malta International Airport plc and RS2 Software plc also performed positively today. MIA added 0.8% to the €4.94 level across 4,110 shares whilst three deals totalling 9,000 shares helped the equity of RS2 advance by 0.7% back to the €1.44 level. MIA shareholders as at close of trading tomorrow will be entitled to receive a net dividend of €0.07 per share. On the other hand, RS2 still has to announce the date for the publication of the 2017 financial statements.
  • Medserv plc bounced back by 1.8% from its near three-year low of €1.10 to the €1.12 level on a single deal of 6,200 shares.
  • Meanwhile, HSBC Bank Malta plc retained the €1.86 level across 3,831 shares.
  • Simonds Farsons Cisk plc and FIMBank plc traded on insignificant volumes. Farsons retained its fifteen-month low of €6.95 whilst FIMBank shed 5% to an over two-year low of USD0.575. The rights issue offer period of FIMBank opens tomorrow. Eligible shareholders are entitled to subscribe to two new shares for every three existing shares at a right issue offer price of USD0.55 per share.

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