Kyiv-listed Ukrainian stocks continued to trade in an inactive mode in the final full week of trading in 2019 before the start of the holiday period. The PFTS index saw little movement during the week as it hovered around the 510 point level.
Among important developments, Ukraine, Russia and the European Commission, based on the results of negotiations held in Berlin on Dec 19, have drawn up a protocol that brings them closer to the signing of a gas transit contract. New terms announced over the weekend imply that the political leadership in Kyiv and Moscow have approved a 5-year deal.
CentrEnergo (CEEN) was unchanged at UAH 9.26 despite negative reports that the company has been selling its electricity at low prices since November. UkrNafta (UNAF) added 0.4% to UAH 145 per share, showing only a shy reaction to positive news that the company’s crude oil extraction continued to increase in November.
At the bottom of the PFTS index, TurboAtom (TATM) declined by 1.4% to UAH 10.60, but the stock remained within its local trading boundaries.
London-listed Ferrexpo (FXPO) inched up by 0.2% to GBp 152, with the GBp 150 line now appearing to be an important technical level for the stock. MHP (MHPC) remained at UAH 9.00 while Regal Petroleum (RPT) shed 2.5% to GBp 21.90 and JKX Oil&Gas (JKX) declined by 4.0% to GBp 23.70 per share. Information that JKX’s production from a new gas well at its Koshekablskoe field in Russia missed expectations put some pressure on the stock.
In Warsaw trading, Kernel (KER) was on the rise for the second straight week, adding 1.5% to PLN 43.35. On the downside, Astarta (AST) lost 1.9% to PLN 15.70.
The hryvnia gained another 0.8% against the dollar to 23.30 UAH/USD.
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