MSE Equity Price Index drops to 14-month low
The MSE Equity Price Index closed the week in negative territory as it declined by a further 0.12% to a fresh 14-month low of 3,686.343 points. The declines in the share prices of MIA, GO and Harvest outweighed the uplifts in HSBC and BMIT whilst Bank of Valletta plc ended unchanged at the €0.80 level after rebounding from a new multi-year low of €0.78 on a total of 141,302 shares. Trading activity in equities amounted to €0.24 million, the bulk of which were transacted in BOV (€0.11 million) and BMIT (€0.1 million). Download today’s Equity Market Summary.
Malta International Airport plc retracted by 0.8% back to the €5.85 level on light volumes totalling 1,400 shares.
Also among the large companies by market value, GO plc dropped by 1.9% to an 11-month low of €3.16 level albeit on just 1,000 shares.
The other negative performing equity today was Harvest Technology plc as it slipped by 2.7% to the €1.46 level across 8,662 shares.
In contrast, BMIT Technologies plc moved 0.8% higher to the €0.486 level on a single deal of 200,000 shares.
HSBC Bank Malta plc recaptured the €0.90 level (+1.7%) on a total of 6,476 shares.
The RF MGS Index eased by 0.05% to 1,041.235 points – the lowest level since May 2014. Today, the Treasury announced the issue of €140 million in new Malta Government Stocks subject to an overallotment option of an additional sum up to a maximum of €100 million. The three MGS are: the 0.90% MGS 2027 (V); the 1.60% MGS 2032 (III); and the 2.40% MGS 2052 (I). Applications in the form of sealed bids (auction) for amounts of a minimum of €500,000 nominal and in multiples of €100,000 thereafter will open on Friday 18 February and close on the same day.
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