MSE Equity Price Index extends rebound
The MSE Equity Price Index opened this shortened week in positive territory as it climbed by a further 0.62% to 3,773.031 points. The gain was principally led by the uplift in the share prices of FIMBank, BOV and RS2. On the other hand, HSBC, MIA and BMIT trended lower as overall trading activity in equities amounted to €0.12 million. Download today’s Equity Market Summary.
FIMBank plc rallied by 21.4% to regain the USD0.34 level across 64,000 shares.
Also in the banking sector, Bank of Valletta plc finished the day 1.1% higher after recovering from an intra-day low of €0.84 (-3.4%). A total of 74,876 shares changed hands. Last Friday, BOV declared a net interim dividend of €0.01716 per share. Subject to regulatory approval, the dividend will be paid on 28 January 2022 to all shareholders as at close of trading on 11 January 2022.
A single deal of just 640 shares lifted the share price of Malita Investments plc back to the €0.80 level (+2.6%).
The other positive performing equity today was RS2 Software plc as it advanced by 4.2% to the €1.72 level across 2,650 ordinary shares.
Malta International Airport plc drifted 0.9% lower to its one-year low of €5.65 on a total of 3,500 shares.
Among the large companies by market value, HSBC Bank Malta plc shed 5.1% to the €0.84 level across 5,496 shares.
BMIT Technologies plc retracted by 2.8% to the €0.48 level on 16,000 shares.
The RF MGS Index surged by 0.46% to an over three-month high of 1,095.797 points as sovereign bond yields in the euro area remained under downward pressure amid heightened volatility across international financial markets. On the economic front, data published today showed that inflation in the US continued to accelerate ahead of expectations. Meanwhile, Pfizer announced that lab studies confirmed that its COVID-19 pill helped stave off severe disease, reduced the risk of death by 89%, and also worked against the Omicron variant.
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