Equity market commentary
Gaining for the second straight week, the NASI and NSE 25 indices were up 1.9%w/w (-7.9% YTD) and 2.3%w/w (-15.7% YTD) respectively. The NSE 20 Index continued on its losing streak, down 1%w/w (-21.4% YTD). On foreign investor block trades done on Safaricom, equity turnover soared 145.2%w/w to USD 40.9m - the fourth highest turnover in 2016. At USD 3.7m (+47.2%w/w), foreign investors recorded net inflows for the third straight week. Their participation rose to 85.6% compared to 70.3% in the previous week.
Safaricom, which accounts for 40.8% of total market cap, was the leading mover accounting for 58.8% of market activity. Recouping the loss made last week, the telco gained 2.6%w/w and closed at a three week high of KES 19.40. Of the top movers, CFC Stanbic was the worst performer, down 7%w/w despite renewed foreign investor interest.
EABL recorded the highest foreign net inflows of USD 1.1m. The brewer was among the top gainers and closed at a seven week high of KES 284. Unseating Safaricom, KCB had the highest net foreign outflows, at USD 303k. The bank, which has recorded foreign net inflows for the past four weeks, was down 1.9%w/w. Of the listed banks, KCB is the second worst performer (-41.1%) this year after National Bank (-59%).
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