Lacklustre trading in local equities
The MSE Equity Price Index opened the week in negative territory with a decline of 0.45% to 3,589.660 points. Overall trading activity dropped to an over one-year low with less than €0.01 million worth of equities changing hands. Download today’s Equity Market Summary.
The ordinary shares of RS2 Software plc shed 1.5% to a 3-year low of €1.28 across two deals totalling 3,000 shares.
Lombard Bank Malta plc dropped by 2.6% to the €1.90 level on a single trade of 1,000 shares. Lombard’s Extraordinary General Meeting is scheduled to take place on 10 November.
Simonds Farsons Cisk plc was the other negative performing equity today as it lost 5% to the €7.55 level, albeit on trivial volumes.
In contrast, HSBC Bank Malta plc advanced by 0.7% to the €0.735 level on subdued activity.
The RF MGS Index erased some of last Friday’s gains as it moved 0.28% lower to 866.528 points. Sovereign bond yields remained volatile but sentiment improved amid reports of abundant supplies of natural gas in the US and Europe ahead of the winter season. Meanwhile in the UK, bond yields continued to ease as the new economic plan is set to eliminate most of the previously planned tax cuts.
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