NZX trading growth accelerates in October

Growth in the value of trading on the NZX accelerated last month as the benchmark NZX 50 Index reached near five-year highs.

The total value traded on the NZX rose 26% to $2.5 billion in October from the same month a year earlier, with a 26% rally in the value of equity transactions and a 12% gain in debt security trading, the NZX's monthly shareholder metrics report says.

Total value traded fell 0.9% to $23.6 million in the year-to-date, slowing from the 3.3% pace of decline in September.

The number of equity transactions climbed by a third to 73,679 in October from a year earlier, while debt trades fell 2.8% to 2918.

The stock exchange's equity market capitalisation rose 16% to $65.6 billion, or 32% of gross domestic product, while the debt market cap shrank 2.9% to $15 billion.

The metrics come in a month where New Zealand's benchmark index closed above 4000 for the first time since December 2007. The NZX 50 Index fell 0.5%, to 3914.07 at the close of trading on Friday.

The total number of equity securities was unchanged at 168 in October, in what has been a light year for new offers with the government's partial listings of state-owned power companies looming high on investors' minds.

Boutique beer brewer Moa Group will float on the stock exchange this month.

The number of debt securities fell 8.3% to 99, while other securities dropped 36% to seven.

Issuers raised $249 million across 29 offers in October, taking capital raising to $2.64 billion in 223 events in the year-to-date.

(BusinessDesk)

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NZ Market Snapshot

Forex

Sym Price Change
USD 0.7959 -0.0001 -0.01%
AUD 0.9075 0.0004 0.04%
EUR 0.6264 0.0040 0.64%
GBP 0.4941 0.0013 0.26%
HKD 6.1735 -0.0023 -0.04%
JPY 85.1880 0.1030 0.12%

Commods

Commodity Price Change Time
Gold Index 1248.5 4.340 2014-10-21T00:
Oil Brent 86.2 0.820 2014-10-21T00:
Oil Nymex 82.5 -0.260 2014-10-21T00:
Silver Index 17.5 0.190 2014-10-21T00:

Indices

Symbol Open High Last %
NZX 50 5233.1 5260.3 5233.1 0.34%
NASDAQ 4359.2 4419.5 4316.1 2.40%
DAX 8693.1 8889.8 8717.8 1.94%
DJI 16406.0 16620.8 16399.7 1.31%
FTSE 6267.1 6372.3 6267.1 1.68%
HKSE 23073.4 23231.5 23070.3 0.08%
NI225 15115.3 15115.3 15111.2 -2.03%