Daily Market Highlights (14.12.2018)

  • The MSE Equity Price Index declined for the third consecutive session with a further 0.13% drop to yet another new 9-week low of 4,426.687 points as MIA, MIDI and Malita trend lower. Only Farsons’ equity trended higher whilst BOV and RS2 ended the day unchanged. A total of €0.12 million worth of shares changed hands during today’s session. Over this week, the MSE Equity Price Index slipped 0.19% lower largely reflecting the declines in BOV and MIA. Download a copy of today’s Equity Market Summary.
  • The RF MGS Index moved a further 0.07% higher to an almost 16-week high of 1,089.967 points as the benchmark eurozone 10-year yield remained under pressure following the European Central Bank’s (ECB) monetary policy meeting concluded yesterday. After the meeting, the ECB President Mr Mario Draghi explained that recent data has been weaker than expected and in turn the expectations for gross domestic product (GDP) growth in 2018, 2019 and 2020 have been revised lower. Inflation projections have been broadly maintained (with the exception of minimal changes for 2018 and 2019) but Mr Draghi warned that downside risks for the euro area are increasing. Furthermore, data published this morning related to the manufacturing and services sectors of Europe failed to meet expectations. 
  • Malta International Airport plc slipped 0.8% lower back to the €5.90 level on shallow volumes of 9,607 shares.
  • Similarly, MIDI plc retreated by 3.7% back to the €0.65 level across two deals totalling 25,000 shares.
  • Also in the property segment, Malita Investments plc eased 2.3% to €0.85 on a deal of just 1,800 shares.
  • On the other hand, Simonds Farsons Cisk plc moved 1.9% higher to recapture the €8.25 level on low volumes of 1,000 shares.
  • Meanwhile, no changes in the share price of Bank of Valletta plc at €1.31 as the equity failed to hold on to an intra-day high of €1.32 across ten deals totalling 22,000 shares.
  • Likewise, RS2 Software plc ended today’s session unchanged at €1.15 albeit on a single trade of 2,858 shares.