Indices turn negative, FICs gain 1%

Most indices traded at the Bucharest Stock Exchange turned negative, after higher open today. However, the index of the five financial investment companies remained in the positive territory with 1% gain at closing, as external stock markets showed signs of weakness after ECB’s decision to keep interest rates at 1%.

In today’s trading session, the liquidity of the stock market stood at 78% above yesterday’s level, to 33.68 million lei (€8.16 million) from 18.89 million lei.

BET index that gauges the performance of the ten most actively traded stocks at the Bucharest Stock Exchange shed 0.99% to 5,170.87 points, while composite BET-C fell 0.85% to 3,015.72 points.

BET-FI index of the five financial investment companies gained 1.05% to 26,798.89 points, while Vienna’s ROTX fell 0.14% to 10, 754.15.

BET-XT index of the 25 most traded stocks declined 0.48% to 513.53 points, while BET-NG of ten energy stocks dropped 0.49% to 656.44 points.

European stocks were nearly flat at the BSE’s closing after ECB’s decision to keep interest rates at 1%, while in US, the number of jobless benefits claims fell over the past four weeks to the lowest level since August 2008.

At the London Stock Exchange FTSE index of the leading 100 companies was growing 0.25% to 5,487.31 points, while Germany’s DAX was advancing 0.12% to 5,970.39 points. France’s CAC40 was edging up 0.16% to 4,007.18 points.

FIC Oltenia stocks (BSE:SIF5) have been the most traded stocks today with total transactions of 7.38 million lei. Stock prices rose 0.69% to 1.45 lei. FIC Moldova (BSE:SIF2) rose 1.6% to1.27 lei.

In the banking sector, Erste Bank (BSE:EBS) jumped 4.34% to 125 lei, on a liquidity of 5.45 million lei. Banca Transilvania (BSE:TLV) shed 1.28% to 2.31 lei, with total transactions of 2.34 million lei. BRD SocGen (BSE:BRD) fell 2.03% to 14.50 lei.

Transactions with Petrom shares (BSE:SNP) totaled 2.6 million lei, while shares fell 2.41% to 0.283 lei. Transelectrica (BSE:TEL) held steady at 14.90 lei.

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