NSE begins 2023 sluggishly with Sh10b capital depreciation

Tuesday, January 10th, 2023 04:30 | By
State to tap Sh10b from local market

Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) shed about Sh10 billion in the first week of trading in 2023, continuing the woes of massive net selling by foreign investors that gripped the bourse for months in the previous year.

As of last week Friday, NSE’s market capitalisation closed at Sh1.976 trillion compared to the Sh1.986 trillion value it had in the last week of December 2022, representing a 0.49 per cent depreciation.

This happened despite the volume of equity traded, which has significant proportions of participation by foreign investors, increasing by 4.49 per cent during the week to close at Sh31.43 million. The depreciation of the NSE is on the back of heightened global risks that have seen foreigners shift to safer markets, especially to the US, which now guarantees better returns as the federal government hikes the interest rates. 

“There was a net outflow of Sh292.88 million during the week, from last week’s outflow of  Sh359.77 million,” NSE said in its year-opening weekly market performance. Sale by foreigners was mainly high on Wednesday last week.

Equity turnover had decreased by 8.98 per cent to Sh769.67 million by last Friday. During the week, the total market turnover of the top five companies, which mainly drives the activities at the NSE, was Sh707.06 million, accounting for 91.86 per cent of the total turnover.

Market turnover

The top five companies by market turnover were Equity Bank, Absa Bank, Safaricom, EABL and NCBA Bank. The top five’s total turnover as a proportion of total market turnover increased by 3.25 per cent from 95.11 per cent recorded in the previous week.

A reduced appetite for emerging markets has recently weighed down the performance of African stock markets after a jump in interest rates in developed markets such as the US, where high inflation forced their central banks to adjust rates upwards.

For instance, Safaricom, which represents the largest stock at the NSE by average market capitalisation, has depreciated by about 38 per cent of its value to close 2022 with a share price of Sh23.5 over the last 12 months.

Others, such as Equity, KCB and Co-operative banks, have witnessed a similar trend with the value of stocks.“Foreign investors were largely out of the market in the day. They accounted for 34.13% of the total market turnover,” says investment solutions provider Gengis Capital in a review of the weekly trading.

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