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  • The MSE Share Index advanced for the third consecutive session with a further 0.1% increase to 4,142.819 points as various equities edged higher during this morning’s session. Download a copy of today’s Equity Market Summary.
  • On the bond market, the Rizzo Farrugia MGS Index edged 0.1% higher to 1,113.181 points possibly reflecting the decline in the benchmark 10-year German Bund Yield from above the 0.9% level to around the 0.86% level. Yesterday, Greece and its euro-zone partners agreed to begin talks over a third bail-out worth up to €86 billion over three years on condition that the Mediterranean country implements a number of austerity measures which were opposed by its citizens in the recent referendum.
  • Earlier today, 6pm Holdings plc published a Prospectus dated 8 July 2015 in connection with a new €13 million bond issue. 6pm is reserved for shareholders as at the close of trading on 4 June 2015.
  • Amongst the large cap equities, the share price of HSBC Bank Malta plc inched 0.5% higher to recapture the €1.83 level on volumes of 11,594 shares. HSBC will be publishing its interim results on 3 August.
  • Similarly, Malta International Airport plc edged 0.3% higher to regain the €3.46 level across 2,800 shares. MIA will be reporting on its interim financial statements on 29 July.
  • RS2 Software plc rebounded from yesterday’s 0.7% decline to recapture its all-time high of €2.22 across six deals totalling 30,602 shares.
  • The equity of Tigné Mall plc moved 1.2% higher to close at its all-time high of €0.86 on a deal of 5,000 shares.
  • MaltaPost plc ended this morning’s session at the €1.501 level compared to the previous closing price of €1.50 on a trade of 4,394 shares.
  • Likewise, a small increment of €0.005 was registered in the share price of Mapfre Middlesea plc to €1.675 on shallow volumes of 2,000 shares in contrast to yesterday’s 4% drop.
  • On the other hand, the share price of GO plc slipped to an intra-day low of €3.55 before rebounding to end this morning’s session at the €3.579 level which still represents a minimal decline from the previous closing price.
  • Similarly, the equity of MIDI plc trended in negative territory today with a 2.3% drop from its 2015 high of €0.35 on volumes of 30,000 shares.
  • Meanwhile, Bank of Valletta plc maintained the €2.30 level as 22,745 shares traded. Yesterday, BOV issued its Interim Directors’ Statement informing the market that its financial performance since 1 April 2015 was in line with expectations. BOV reported strong growth in home loans while customer deposits continued to grow especially in the short-term category resulting in a positive impact on the net interest margin of the Bank. BOV also indicated that commissions earned on the sale of financial products continued to grow while other income generated from foreign exchange transactions and investment portfolio gains improved. Meanwhile, costs were higher than those of previous years and impairment charges on specific accounts increased reflecting the deteriorating quality of such accounts.
  • The equity of Medserv plc also ended this morning’s session unchanged at its 2015 high of €2.355 on a single trade of 2,000 shares.

 

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