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Mixed Signals Stir Up East African Cables Shares

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Investors reacted positively to Wednesday’s appointment of Julius Waita Mwatu as a Non-Executive Independent Director, to the Board of East African Cables.

When trading at the bourse ended Wednesday, East African Cable’s share price was up 7.695 to Ksh1.40. Its price has been oscillating between Ksh1.27 and Ksh2.84 and has fallen 50.70% over the past 52 weeks.

In the same vein, the firm notified the Capital Markets Authority and the Nairobi Securities Exchange( NSE) that it expects a drop in its profitability for the financial year ended December 31, 2020.

A cable manufacturer with a footprint that spreads across East and Central Africa, East African Cables traded a volume of 31,700 shares in 9 deals that resulted in a turnover of Ksh44,344.00.

CABL has four manufacturing facilities, two In Nairobi, Kenya, and the rest spread out in Dar-es-Salaam Tanzania and Eastern DRC.

It also has a presence in Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Southern Sudan, and Ethiopia, through a distribution network.

The firm produces utility cables which include aluminum overhead conductors for aerial transmission lines and service drop cables for secondary overhead transmission; feeders to residential homes; cables for power and lighting circuits; home electrical appliances; and armoured and non-armoured cables for electricity distribution. 

It also provides automotive cables for electrical harnesses, battery cables, and ignition cables.

Overall Market Performance

Turnover at the NSE fell to Ksh324.02 million when trading closed on Wednesday, November 25, 2020. This was on a volume of 12.34 Million in 678 deals.

The top 5 movers were Safaricom(5.31 Million shares traded) at a price of Ksh32.00, Absa Bank( 2.77 Million), Equity Group(1.23 Million), HFCK( 1.10 Million), and KPLC( 431,800).

Other price gainers were Flame Tree Group Holdings which edged up 6.87% to Ksh 1.40. Bank of Kigali, whose share price rose 3.70% to Ksh 14.00, Total Kenya which was up 2.46% to Ksh 22.95, and Eveready which was up 2.91% to KSh 0.99.

Market laggards list was made up of Home Afrika, which declined 9.52% to Ksh0.38.

It was followed by East African Portland Cement (EAPC), Sameer Africa,  Absa NewGold ETF, and HFCK which fell 2.91% to KSh 3.00.

The NSE 20 Share Index declined 0.34 points to 1790.38 from 1790.72 while the NSE 25 Share Index was up 15.69 points to 3268.68 from the previous 3250.99.

The benchmark NSE All-Share Index rose 0.95 points to settle at 143.93.’

The derivatives market had a total of 3 Safaricom deals worth Ksh95,340 concluded.

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