• After reaching a 1-month high during last Thursday’s session, the MSE Share Index retreated by 0.3% to 3,515.355 points as most of the active equities closed lower during this morning’s session. Download a copy of the Equity Market Summary.
  • On the bond market, the Rizzo Farrugia MGS Index eased minimally lower to 1,032.599 points as Eurozone yields approached the 1.54% level in spite of continued indications that the European Central Bank (ECB) will possibly inject further stimulus in the near future.
  • Amongst the large equities, the share price of BOV only partially recovered from an intra-day low of €2.35 to end the session marginally below last week’s close at the €2.369 level. A total of 14,750 shares traded today. The Bank is scheduled to publish its interim results on Friday 25 April.
  • The equity of HSBC also retreated by 0.8% back to the €2.36 level across eight deals totalling 21,550 shares. Shareholders as at close of trading on Thursday 24 April will be eligible for the 1 for 9 bonus share issue.
  • Lower volumes were registered across the equities of MIA and GO with both closing lower. The share price of MIA slipped by 3.1% back to the €2.24 level on a single trade of 1,000 shares and GO eased minimally lower to €1.999 on a small trade of 500 shares.
  • The only other negative performing equity was RS2 Software as its share price failed to completely recover from an intra-day low of €2.35 to end the session 0.1% below last week’s close at the €2.418 level across five deals totalling 6,426 shares. The Company is scheduled to publish its 2013 full-year results later on today.
  • On the other hand, the equity of IHI edged 1.1% higher to €0.839 ahead of the 2013 financial statements publication also due later on today. A total of 5,500 shares changed hands across three deals.
  • Similarly, the equity of FIMBank slumped to an intra-day low of USD0.766 before partially rebounding to end the session at the USD0.82 level representing a 7.4% increase over the previous post-bonus adjust closing price of USD0.764 on low volumes of 4,200 shares. The trade finance specialist is scheduled to hold its Annual General Meeting on 8 May.
  • The equity of Malita Investments gained 1.9% to recapture the €0.55 level on low volumes of 2,000 shares.

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