ZSE loses US$400 million in three months

Zimbabwe Stock Exchange.

Turnover for the period of approximately US$43,3 million was also 37,39 percent lower compared to the US$69,74 million

INVESTORS on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) lost over US$400 million in the first three months of the year as investor sentiment on the equities market continued to weaken.

Market capitalisation fell 14 percent to end the quarter at US$2,626 billion, down from US$3,054 billion as at 31 December 2015.

The main industrials Index dropped by 15 percent to reach 97.61 points on March 31, while the mining index closed 17 percent to lower at 19.53 points over the same period.

Turnover for the period at US$43,3 million was 37 percent lower compared to the US$69,74 million achieved in the comparative period last year.

Foreign investors, who have been the mainstay of the market, were net sellers during the period, with foreign sales at US$36,4 million compared to foreign buys of US$19,6 million.

A total of 33 counters ended the quarter in the negative, while only 15 traded positively.

Beverage manufacturer Delta was among the notable stocks to fall in the quarter, shedding a fifth of its value while Barclays declined 34 percent and FMCG counter Innscor pared 37 percent.

Econet and Old Mutual closed the period on the upside with gains of 15 percent and eight percent respectively. The Source

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