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  • Following the sharpest daily uplift in two weeks yesterday, the MSE Share Index eased by 0.17% to 4,713.786 points today as the declines in the share prices of five equities outweighed the gains in BOV. Meanwhile, MIA and Malita Investments closed the day unchanged. Trading volumes dropped significantly with only €0.09 million worth of shares changing hands today – the lowest level in two months. Download a copy today’s Equity Market Summary.
  • On the bond market, the RF MGS Index erased yesterday’s gains as it slipped 0.17% lower to a one-week low of 1,124.807 points. Whilst the yields on the 10-year and 20-year benchmark German Bunds remained relatively unchanged from yesterday, the corresponding yields on the government debt of the two largest peripheral countries – Spain and Italy – advanced higher amid prolonged tense global geo-political pressures as well as continued uncertainty about the most likely outcome of the upcoming French Presidential election. On the economic front, the change in the price of goods sold by wholesalers in Germany was below expectations whilst Spanish inflationary data came in line with expectations.
  • Three deals totalling 5,350 shares lifted the equity of Bank of Valletta plc 0.5% higher to the €2.22 level.
  • In contrast, HSBC Bank Malta plc eased 0.3% to the €2.08 level across 9,800 shares. The Bank is due to hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) tomorrow.
  • MaltaPost plc erased some of yesterday’s gains as it retreated by 1% back to the €2.03 level on a single deal of 3,792 shares.
  • Mapfre Middlesea plc also trended in negative territory as it shed 3.2% to a near four-month low of €2.12 albeit on trivial volumes. The insurance specialist is due to hold its AGM on 21 April 2017.
  • In the property segment, MIDI plc dropped 1.6% to the €0.315 level across 10,000 shares ahead of its 2016 results publication on 20 April. Similarly, Malta Properties Company plc eased 1.3% back to the €0.515 level on volumes totalling 24,500 shares.
  • On the other hand, Malita Investments plc maintained its two-year low of €0.74 across two deals totalling 10,000 shares. The Company is due to hold its AGM on 27 April 2017.
  • Malta International Airport plc also finished the day unchnaged at the €4.20 level across 5,470 shares.
  • Simonds Farsons Cisk plc announced that its Board of Directors is scheduled to meet on Thursday 4 May 2017 to consider and approve the financial results for the year ended 31 January 2017 and also consider the declaration of a final dividend. The equity remained inactive today.

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