The Casablanca Stock Exchange closed lower on Thursday, the index of all stocks, the Masi, falling 0.12% to 13,324.53 points (pts).
The Morocco Stock Index (MSI 20), an index comprising the 20 most liquid stocks, fell 0.19% to 1.084.67 pts and the Madex, a compact index made up of stocks quoted on a continuous basis, dropped 0.23% to 10,787.35 pts.
The Casablanca ESG 10, a thematic index that calculates the price performance of socially responsible companies, lost 0.16% to 1,000.24 pts.
Regarding international indices, the FTSE CSE Morocco 15, composed of the 15 main stocks of the Casablanca Stock Exchange, classified by market capitalization, was in equilibrium (-0.01%) at 12,537.28 pts, and the FTSE CSE Morocco All-Liquid, a benchmark index that tracks the performance of all liquid stocks on the stock market, fell 0.16% to 11,264.69 pts.
During the session, 22 stocks closed lower, against 18 higher, while 34 stocks showed no change.
In terms of sectors, the forestry and paper index recorded the largest increase (+ 3.75%), followed by the oil and gas index (+ 2.37%) and finance company and others financial activities (1.5%).
Also on the rise, the utilities sector advanced 0.78%, that of hardware, software and computer services rose 0.48% and mining 0.42%. Conversely, the index of engineering and industrial capital goods showed the sharpest drop (-3.93%), followed by the electricity index (-2.95%) and that of the pharmaceutical industry (-1.72%).
Similarly, the banking sector fell by 0.34%, weighed down by Bank Of Africa (-0.96%) and Attijariwafa Bank (-0.32%).
The overall volume of trade amounted to 37.4 million dirhams (MDH) carried out mainly on the Central market (Actions). Label Vie occupied the first place of the most active instruments with 13.12 MDH, followed by Mutandis SCA with 3.4 MDH and Sonasid with a transaction flow of 3.13 MDH. As for market capitalization, it stood at nearly 686.6 billion dirhams (MMDH).
The biggest drops were posted by Stroc Industrie (-5.98% to 44.15 dirhams (DH)), Maghreb Oxygène (-3.98% to 384 DH), Auto Hall (-3.11% to 106, 05 DH), Taqa Morocco (-2.95% to 1.087 DH) and Wafa Assurance (-2.08% to 4.700 DH).
Conversely, Microdata (+ 4.52% at 637.8 DH), Afriquia Gaz (+ 3.98% at 5.303 DH), Salafin (+ 3.9% at 800 DH), Med Paper (+3, 75% to 33.19 DH) and Balima (+ 2.26% to 136 DH) recorded the largest increases.