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  • The MSE Share Index advanced by a further 0.5% to reach yet another 4-year high of 3,859.249 points as various equities gained. Download a copy of today’s Equity Market Summary.
  • On the bond market, the Rizzo Farrugia MGS Index eased 0.1% lower to 1,147.936 points reflecting the uplift in the benchmark 10-year German Bund yield to around the 0.6% level.
  • This afternoon, the Treasury of Malta announced that the next Malta Government Stock issue taking place in June will only be open for subscription through the auction process and no retail offer will be available.
  • Across the large cap equities, the share price of Bank of Valletta plc edged 0.4% higher to regain the €2.28 level across nine deals totalling 13,641 shares. The Bank is scheduled to distribute the interim net dividend of €0.025 per share on Wednesday 27 May.
  • Similarly, the equity of Malta International Airport plc edged 0.3% higher to €3.37 on low volumes of 7,487 shares. Over the weekend, Vienna Airport issued a press release confirming that it has no intention of disposing of its shares in MIA.
  • Following last week’s revelation in the 2014 Annual Report of plans by International Hotel Investments plc to issue a €170 million international secured bond and to consider a range of alternative options on how to reward free-float shareholders, the Group’s equity trended a further 0.8% higher to close at the €0.756 level after failing to hold on to the €0.78 level. A total of 22,750 shares changed hands today.
  • GO plc shares also closed in positive territory with a 0.8% increase to €3.05 – the highest closing price since early March 2008 – across five trade totalling 12,060 shares.
  • Likewise, RS2 Software plc advanced by a further 1.2% rise to yet another all-time high of €3.34 albeit on low volumes of 7,000 shares. RS2 is scheduled to hold its Annual General Meeting on 9 June.
  • In the property segment, the share price of Plaza Centres plc jumped 4.1% to reach a fresh all-time high of €0.99 albeit on low volumes of 5,172 shares and Malita Investments plc climbed 3.5% to €0.90 across 5,690 shares.
  • The equity of Medserv plc also ended this morning’s session in positive territory with a marginal increase to €2.201 across five deals totalling 27,175 shares. Tomorrow marks the final day that the equity will trade with the entitlement to the final net dividend of €0.056 per share. The equity will turn ex-dividend as from Wednesday 27 May and the company will be holding its Annual General Meeting on 28 May.
  • The only other positive performing equity was Mapfre Middlesea plc with a 2.4% increase to €1.25 albeit on just 58 shares.
  • On the other hand, the share price of Lombard Bank Malta plc eased 1% lower back to the €1.96 level on a single trade of 6,000 shares. The equity turns ex-bonus as from tomorrow’s trading session.
  • Similarly, Tigné Mall plc eased minimally lower to €0.798 across three deals totalling 10,500 shares. The Company is scheduled to hold its Annual General Meeting on 10 June.
  • Meanwhile, HSBC Bank Malta plc maintained the €1.85 level across eleven trades totalling 27,200 shares.
  • Likewise, the share price of MIDI plc ended this morning’s session unchanged at the €0.29 level on a single deal of 2,000 shares.

 

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