Daily Market Highlights (12.12.11)

  • MSE Share Index edged 0.15% lower to 3,088.43 points as the negative movement in HSBC offset the gains in the shares prices of BOV and GO. Download a copy of the Equity Market Summary. Activity on the Malta Stock Exchange will resume on Wednesday due to a public holiday tomorrow.
  • HSBC Bank Malta’s equity dropped back to its 2011 low of €2.55. A total of 23,042 shares were exchanged today across seven trades changed hands with few bids remaining unsatisfied at the €2.55 level and lowest offers now placed at €2.59.
  • BOV closed the day 0.7% higher at €2.519 on weaker volumes totalling 7,040 shares. A further 6,000 shares remain on offer at the closing price. The Bank will hold its Annual General Meeting this Friday.
  • Share price of GO advanced 2.1% to €0.97 on low activity of a mere 400 shares. The share price of the Greek company Forthnet fell to a new all-time low of €0.127 ahead of the Extraordinary General Meeting scheduled for Thursday 15 December. During this EGM, Forthnet’s shareholders will be asked to approve a number of changes to the company’s capital structure and a €30 million rights issue in line with the conditions of the latest €90 million bond loan.
  • MaltaPost’s equity remained inactive during the last day to gain entitlement to the net dividend of €0.04 per share. This dividend will be approved at the upcoming Annual General Meeting scheduled for 17 January 2012 and will subsequently be paid on 30 January 2012.
  • On the bond market, the Rizzo Farrugia MGS Index edged marginally lower to 983.426 points as the indicative bid prices of the long-term stocks declined. However, the 5.20% MGS 2031 maintained last week’s closing price of 102.50% as €114,000 (nom) changed hands in the secondary market.