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 0.7180 0.0000 0.00%
AUD 0.9365 0.0000 0.00%
EUR 0.6765 0.0000 0.00%
GBP 0.5786 0.0000 0.00%
HKD 5.5723 0.0000 0.00%
JPY 80.9810 0.0000 0.00%

Commods

Commodity Price Change Time
Gold Index 1234.8 -4.300 2017-02-17T00:
Oil Brent 56.1 0.140 2017-02-17T00:
Oil Nymex 53.8 0.020 2017-02-17T00:
Silver Index 18.0 -0.040 2017-02-17T00:

Indices

Symbol Open High Last %
NZX 50 7100.0 7103.8 7100.0 -0.09%
NASDAQ 5807.3 5838.6 5814.9 0.41%
DAX 11759.6 11775.4 11757.2 -0.00%
DJI 20564.1 20624.0 20619.8 0.02%
FTSE 7277.9 7307.1 7277.9 0.30%
HKSE 24077.9 24106.3 24107.7 -0.31%
NI225 19228.7 19275.4 19347.5 -0.58%
ASX 5816.3 5819.9 5816.3 -0.18%