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Various equities active

During this morning’s trading session on the Malta Stock Exchange, nine equities were active with relatively good volumes across BOV, MIA and Lombard shares.

The only positive performer was International Hotel Investments plc with a 1.2 per cent rise to the 86c level. This gain helped offset the losses sustained in BOV, GO and Lombard shares with the MSE Share Index closing today’s session marginally higher at 3,162.539 points.

The most actively traded equity was Bank of Valletta plc where over 33,000 shares changed hands. The equity closed lower for the third successive day with a 0.4 per cent drop to €2.35.

Elsewhere in the banking sector, HSBC held on to the €2.67 level on a single trade of 2,240 shares while Lombard Bank Malta plc failed to hold on to yesterday’s gains as the equity dropped 0.5 per cent to €1.80,1 on two trades totalling 13,000 shares.

GO plc closed minimally lower at €1.11,9 after recovering from a low of €1.10,5. A total of 17,000 shares traded today.

The share price of Malta International Airport plc held on to the level of €1.79,6 on volumes of 25,000 shares with Simonds Farsons Cisk plc maintaining its-all time high of €2.50 on a small deal of 1,878 shares. Lowest offers are now placed at the €2.60 level.

MaltaPost plc also closed the day unchanged at the 85c level on two trades totalling 10,110 shares. The equity is trading without the entitlement to the net dividend of 4c per share which will be put forward for approval by shareholders at the annual general meeting on January 10.

Similarly, RS2 Software plc traded again at the 70c level (20,000 shares). Earlier this week, the equity traded up to a 45-month high of 72c.

On the bond market, the Rizzo Farrugia MGS Index shed 0.09 per cent to 1,001.394 points with some sizeable declines in the prices of a number of long-dated Malta government stocks.

Trading will resume on December 14 in view of tomorrow’s public holiday celebrating Republic Day.

www.rizzofarrugia.com

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