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  • The MSE Share Index eased minimally lower to 3,464.300 points as the increases in MIA, RS2, MaltaPost and GlobalCapital were offset by the declines in the share prices of BOV, HSBC and GO. Download a copy of the Equity Market Summary.
  • On the bond market, the Rizzo Farrugia MGS Index eased minimally lower to 1,037.172 points as Eurozone yields rebounded to the 1.46% level.
  • The share price of BOV eased 0.5% lower to the €2.23 level as the equity turned ex-dividend. However, the Bank’s share price did not adjust by the full net interim dividend of €0.0276 which will now be paid on 23 May. A total of 14,973 BOV shares changes hands today.
  • Similarly, the equity of HSBC failed to hold on to an intra-day high of €2.15 to end this morning’s session minimally below the previous closing price at the €2.14 level on volumes of 28,385 shares.
  • GO shares also closed in negative territory with a 1% drop back to the €1.979 level on five deals totalling 5,000 shares. The telecoms quad-play operator this morning held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) during which shareholders approved all the items on the agenda including the final net dividend of €0.07 per share which will be paid on 9 May.
  • On the other hand, the share price of MIA edged 0.4% higher to regain the €2.27 level on low volumes of 2,200 shares. Yesterday, the airport operator published the April 2014 traffic statistics revealing a 13.7% increase in passenger movements.
  • Similarly, the equity of RS2 Software moved 0.4% higher to regain its all-time high of €2.43 on just 3,614 shares.
  • MaltaPost also performed positively with a 7.7% jump to the €1.12 level on volumes of 37,836 shares. The postal operator is shortly expected to publish its half-year results covering the six months ended 31 March 2014.
  • The only other positive performing equity was GlobalCapital with a 25.2% jump to recapture the €0.75 level on low volumes of 5,075 shares.
  • Meanwhile, the equity of Island Hotels Group held on to the €0.85 level across 11,500 shares.

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