HSBC Bank Malta registers a new 10-month high
The MSE Equity Price Index closed virtually unchanged at 3,550.775 points as the declines in four other equities were offset by gains in HSBC, PG and Loqus. Meanwhile, four other equities closed unchanged as overall trading activity eased to €0.08 million. Download today’s Equity Market Summary.
HSBC Bank Malta plc extended its recent positive run as it climbed by a further 2.4% to a new ten-month high of €0.87 on a single trade of 7,000 shares. HSBC should shortly confirm the date of publication of the 2022 annual financial statements.
Also among the large companies by market value, PG plc rose by 1.9% to €2.10 on two deals totalling 4,750 shares.
Loqus Holdings plc surged by 10.5% to a 5-month high of €0.21, albeit on one deal of 2,500 shares.
In contrast, Malta International Airport plc eased by 0.9% to the €5.65 level across ten trades totalling 4,700 shares after touching a high of €5.80.
Simonds Farsons Cisk plc closed 1.4% lower at the €6.90 level as 1,869 shares changed hands.
Mapfre Middlesea plc slipped by 1.3% to an over seven-year low of €1.48 on one trade of 1,672 shares.
AX Real Estates plc shed 1.9% to the €0.53 level on trivial volumes.
Bank of Valletta plc traded flat at the €0.88 level on two deals totalling 19,500 shares.
The preference shares of RS2 Software plc remained at the €1.40 level across volumes of 2,120 shares.
One trade of 4,300 shares left the share price of M&Z plc at the €0.685 level.
Santumas Shareholdings plc retained the €1.28 level on one deal of 2,320 shares.
The RF MGS Index advanced by 0.18% to 882.740 points. Preliminary data showed that the eurozone annual inflation rate dropped to 8.5% in January, compared to 9.2% in the previous month. The reading was 0.5 percentage points lower than expectations. Energy costs – the principal contributor for higher prices – were 17.2% higher than a year earlier, sharply lower than the 25.5% figure in December. Meanwhile, the eurozone core inflation, which excludes food and energy prices, remained at an all-time high of 5.2%.
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