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 0.7858 0.0027 0.34%
AUD 0.9229 0.0081 0.89%
EUR 0.6285 0.0009 0.14%
GBP 0.4974 -0.0008 -0.16%
HKD 6.0902 0.0172 0.28%
JPY 92.4050 0.1470 0.16%

Commods

Commodity Price Change Time
Gold Index 1197.1 3.900 2014-11-25T00:
Oil Brent 80.1 -0.140 2014-11-25T00:
Oil Nymex 74.1 -1.660 2014-11-25T00:
Silver Index 16.6 0.170 2014-11-25T00:

Indices

Symbol Open High Last %
NZX 50 5442.7 5465.6 5442.7 0.27%
NASDAQ 4760.2 4773.9 4758.2 0.29%
DAX 9894.6 9942.7 9861.2 0.56%
DJI 17812.2 17831.0 17814.9 -0.01%
FTSE 6731.1 6765.0 6731.1 0.05%
HKSE 23833.2 24176.6 23843.9 1.12%
NI225 17348.0 17432.6 17407.6 -0.14%