Equities trading on the floor of Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) opened on a positive trend today after a two-day Sallah holiday with the market capitalization growing N198 billion.

In specific terms, the market capitalization, which opened trading today at N12.654 trillion, having gained 1.57 percent, closed higher at N12.854 trillion.

The All Share Index (ASI) also surged by 542.68 absolute points representing 1.57 percent to close at 35,206.16 from 34,663.48 points.

Checks on trading statistics for the day showed that Dangote Cement led on the gainers table with N15 valued addition, translating to 6.98 per cent to close at N230 per share.

Guaranty Trust Bank trailed with 85 kobo or 2.30 per cent to close at N37.8, Dangote Flour was up five kobo or 6.49 percent to close at N8.2 per share.

Oando and FBN Holdings added 25 kobo and five kobo to close at N5 and N9.56 respectively.

Despite the bullish run, Total emerged the biggest losers for today’s trading. The oil and gas giant dipped N5.4 or 2.95 per cent to close at N177.6 per share.

The share price of Okomu Oil crashed N3.35 or 4.49 per cent to close at N71.2 per share, WAPCO declined N1.55 or 5.58 to close at N26.25 per share, while Ecobank Transnational Incorporated lost N1.3 or 6.34 per cent to close at N19.2 per share.

International Breweries went down by N1.2 or 3.41 per cent to close at N34 per share.

In all, investors bought and sold 220.71 million shares valued at N2.53 billion exchanged in 3,287 deals.