Corona Virus spares Kenya’s financial market – NSEMarch 4, 2020
NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 3 – The global outbreak of coronavirus has not had any direct impact on Kenya’s financial market ecosystem.
Nairobi Securities Exchange CEO Geoffrey
Odundo said ongoing trends that include discounts on the prices of a variety of
stocks should not be attributed to the deadly virus that left global financial
markets gasping for air.
Odundo says that current trading trends reflect normal market cycles and portfolio shifts between emerging and frontier markets, as investors look to take profits during this reporting period.
“We are confident that the market will
correct itself in due time. I urge investors to take up this lucrative
opportunity to own a piece of Kenya’s most profitable companies at these
reduced prices” he added.
He said that the fundamentals of the listed companies continue to be strongly supported by an enabling microeconomic and political environment, adding that there have been renewed growth prospects in the country both in the public and private sectors.
Globally, financial markets had taken a
hit with airlines, travel companies and firms that heavily rely on China as
part of their supply chain suffering the most.
the end of February, losses on US markets accelerated after US health officials
warned that the public should expect cases to spread, as reported by the BBC.
UK, the FTSE 100 fell almost 2 percent to a 12-month low of 7,018, while Japan’s
Nikkei 225 index fell 3.3 percent.
outbreak has impacted economies, with an index of Chinese factory activity falling
to a record low last month, while a US survey of manufacturers came in below
forecast, with expectations of worse to come.
The disease that began in
China has killed more than 3,100 people and infected more than 91,000, though the
Asian nation has reported its lowest number of new cases in six weeks.