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  • The MSE Share Index edged 0.2% higher today to 3,378.550 points as most of the active equities including HSBC and BOV trended upwards. Download a copy of the Equity Market Summary.
  • On the bond market, the Rizzo Farrugia MGS Index was practically unchanged at 1,091.184 points as Eurozone benchmark yields remained close to the 0.9% level. However, by this afternoon, the benchmark 10-year Eurozone yields fell back to the 0.87% following the publication of worse-than-expected business sentiment data in Germany.
  • Following the publication of the European Central Bank’s Asset Quality Review (AQR) in conjunction with an EU-wide stress test which confirmed that the Tier 1 ratios of the two major local banks is above regulatory thresholds, their respective equities trended higher today.
  • Most notably, the share price of BOV inched marginally higher to €2.25 on substantial volumes of 110,587 shares.
  • Similarly, the equity of HSBC edged 0.3% higher to €2.04 (for the first time since early September) on lower volumes of 17,134 shares.
  • Also in the financial sector, FIMBank advanced by 3.3% to regain the USD0.62 level across two deals totalling just over 41,000 shares.
  • Elsewhere on the local equity market, Malita Investments shares also gained 3.6% to a fresh all-time high of €0.58 across two deals comprising 27,100 shares.
  • The only other positive performing equity was MaltaPost which recaptured its all-time high of €1.15 on a single deal of just 747 shares. MaltaPost is due to publish its September full-year results in the coming weeks.
  • Meanwhile, the share price of MIA held on to the €2.36 level across 17,500 shares.

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