Daily Market Highlights (25.09.12)

  • MSE Share Index back into negative territory with a 0.1% decline to 3,115.510 points as HSBC and MIA trade lower. On the other hand, IHI edged marginally higher whilst BOV, Lombard and MaltaPost ended this morning’s session unchanged. Download a copy of the Equity Market Summary.
  • On the bond market, the Rizzo Farrugia MGS Index edged 0.1% higher to 996.194 points reflecting the further dip in Eurozone yields. This morning the German Bund 10-year benchmark yields shifted lower and closer to the 1.51% level after the country’s central bank asked lawyers to look in to the legality of the European Central Bank’s proposed bond buying programme.
  • Yesterday’s 0.4% increase in the share price of HSBC was short lived as fresh sell orders during this morning’s session pushed the Bank’s equity 0.7% lower back to the €2.73 level on volumes of over 18,000 shares.
  • Similarly, MIA reversed its recent increases with a 0.5% drop back to the €1.76 level across six trades totalling 15,900 shares. The airport operator will be inaugurating the new SkyParks Business Centre this week.
  • Meanwhile, IHI shares regained that €0.90 level after rising by 0.6% during today’s session on volumes of 40,000 shares.
  • BOV recovered from an intra-day low of €2.25 to close unchanged at the €2.265 level across two trades totalling 24,600 shares. This month marks the end of the Bank’s financial year with the preliminary results generally published by the end of October.
  • September also marks the end of the financial year for MaltaPost, however the preliminary results are generally published in early December. The postal equity failed to hold on to an intra-day high of €0.71 to end the session unchanged at €0.70 across 7,285 shares.
  • Lombard Bank continued to trade at its multi-year low of €1.90 across eight trades totalling 33,140 shares. Further offers unsatisfied at the closing price whilst best bids placed at the €1.82 level.