Trading in Kyiv-listed stocks continued in a light mode last week as the traditional May holiday period in Ukraine restrained market participants from any bold moves. Meanwhile, in foreign diplomatic activity, President Poroshenko met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss a “roadmap” for the implementation of the Minsk peace agreements with the involvement of a UN peacekeeping force in the Donbass conflict zone.
The UX index fluctuated in a range of 1795-1840 points during the week, with the gauge ultimately adding 0.2% to close at 1814 points on Friday (May 11). Raiffeisen Bank Aval (BAVL) was the main loser among UX index components, declining by 1.0% to 35.50 kopecks, as the ex-rights date for the stock’s generous 6.90 kopeck dividend remains undetermined. CentrEnergo (CEEN) edged up 1.7% to UAH 21.25 after the government formally put the company on the 2018 privatization list, while DonbasEnergo (DOEN) shed 1.0% to UAH 22.00. TurboAtom (TATM) was little changed at UAH 14.40 despite an announcement that the company and Japan’s Toshiba Energy Systems plan to sign a memorandum next month to step up cooperation between Japan and Ukraine in the nuclear energy sector. The press service of Turboatom said it is currently unable to provide any details about the cooperation.
Motor Sich (MSICH) remained frozen due to an ongoing investigation conducted the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) regarding last year’s change in the controlling shareholder of the company.
London-listed Ferrexpo (FXPO) continued to recover after a large drop of more than 20% in recent months, climbing 3.0% to GBp 240. MHP (MHPC) was flat at USD 13.50, while Warsaw-listed Astarta (AST) slipped 4.1% to PLN 44.40 after the company posted poor financial results for 1Q18.
On the interbank currency market, the hryvnia strengthened by 0.5% against the dollar to close at 26.20 UAH/USD.
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