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  • The MSE Share Index moved 0.5% higher to a fresh 7-year high of 4,228.224 points as various equities trended in positive territory during this morning’s session. Download a copy of today’s Equity Market Summary.
  • On the bond market, the RF MGS Index edged 0.2% higher to 1,132.179 points as the benchmark 10-year German Bund yield retreated back to the 0.71% level on diminishing prospects of an interest rate hike in the UK by the end of this year.
  • In the financial sector, HSBC Bank Malta plc moved 1.6% higher to regain the €1.88 level across six deals totalling 18,517 shares. The equity will continue to trade with the entitlement to the interim gross dividend of €0.051 (net: €0.0332) per share until next Wednesday 12 August. The equity turns ex-dividend as from Thursday 13 August.
  • Similarly, the share price of Lombard Bank Malta plc was lifted 2.5% higher to recapture the €2.10 level for the first time since February 2013 on volumes of 23,212 shares. The Bank is scheduled to publish its interim results on 25 August.
  • The equity of Mapfre Middlesea plc also edged 0.5% higher to €2.03 albeit on shallow volumes of 2,100 shares.
  • Positive movements also in the share price of Malta International Airport plc with a 1.3% rise to regain the €3.95 level on shallow volumes of 1,500 shares. The airport operator’s equity will continue to trade with the entitlement to the interim gross dividend of €0.0462 (net: €0.03) per share until next Monday 10 August. The equity turns ex-dividend as from Tuesday 11 August.
  • GO plc shares also trended in positive territory with a 0.5% uplift to €3.498 across 5,000 shares. The telecomms quad-play operator is scheduled to publish its interim results next Tuesday 11 August.
  • On the other hand, the equity of Bank of Valletta plc eased minimally lower to €2.299 on volumes of 30,392 shares.
  • Likewise, the share price of RS2 Software plc retreated by 0.4% back to the €2.14 level on shallow volumes of 2,500 shares.
  • Meanwhile, no changes in the share price of MaltaPost plc at the €1.60 level after the equity failed to hold on to an all-time high of €1.65 across insignificant volumes of 2,214 shares.

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