Activity in Lombard shares takes centre stage
The MSE Equity Price Index opened the week in positive territory as it advanced by 0.23% to 3,615.444 points. The gains in the share prices of Hili Properties, Mapfre Middlesea and M&Z outweighed the declines in APS, MPC, Plaza and RS2. Meanwhile, IHI and Lombard closed unchanged as overall trading activity amounted to €0.13 million. Download today’s Equity Market Summary.
Most of today’s trading activity took place in the shares of Lombard Bank Malta plc which held on to the €1.95 level after opening at a low of €1.90 (-2.6). A total of 45,166 shares changed hands having a market value of €0.09 million.
International Hotel Investments plc traded flat at the €0.705 level across five deals totalling 30,423 shares.
Also among the large companies by market value, the ordinary shares of RS2 Software plc dropped by 1.4% to the €1.36 level on 3,000 shares.
APS Bank plc eased by 0.8% to the €0.64 level across 12,230 shares.
Plaza Centres plc and Malta Properties Company plc trended lower albeit in light volumes. Plaza shed 2.5% to the €0.78 level whilst MPC moved 1.9% lower to the €0.53 level.
Within the same sector, Hili Properties plc advanced by 0.9% to the €0.222 level across 4,000 shares.
A single deal of 1,993 shares lifted the share price of M&Z plc 1.4% higher back to the €0.72 level.
Mapfre Middlesea plc was the best performing equity today as it surged by 11.3% to the €1.67 level albeit on just 1,000 shares.
The RF MGS Index rebounded by 0.04% to 905.609 points as movements across international financial markets remained volatile ahead of next Wednesday’s US Federal Reserve monetary policy meeting. Indeed, the 10-year US Treasury yield touched the 3.5% level for the first time since April 2011.
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