HARARE — The Zimbabwe stock market took its biggest dive since October last year, losing $2,7 billion in the week, as analysts said investors had begun to react to increasing possibility that Zimbabwe might see a transitional government, which could potentially fine-tune the struggling economy.
Could this be the end of the bull run which started in October after the country introduced bond notes? Only time will tell.
The industrial index dropped 18,59% to close the week on 432,72 points while the mining index lost 2,69% to close at 134,4 points.
Market capitalisation declined by 18,34% from $15,12 billion in the previous week to $12,35 billion.
Market turnover, however, doubled to $84,1 million from $39,7 million recorded in the previous week, partly attributed to a huge sell off of Econet shares on Thursday. Locals traded Econet shares worth $31,14 million on Thursday.
The largest company by market capitalisation, Delta, shredded 36,37% to settle at 203,75 cents while telecoms giant eased 27,96%to close the week at 134 cents.
Cigarette manufacturer BAT lost 7,50% to trade at 3,700 cents.
Innscor, OK Zimbabwe and Old Mutual also eased 8,01%, 3,19% and 19,62% to trade at 155 cents, 25,78 cents and 1,150 cents in that order.
Seed maker, SeedCo lost 16,12% to settle at 268,43 cents while Padenga lost 0,61% to trade at 81 cents.
Additionally, Simbisa eased 0,37% to end the week at 67,75%.
Only National Foods defied the odds after adding 2,82% to close the week at 730 cents.
Afdis and Barclays eased 19,79% and 5,3% to settle at 150 cents and 8,4 cents.
Additionally, CFL and Edgars eased 13,31 and 35% to settle at 70 cents and 5,2 cents respectively.
Fidelity Life, Meikles and PPC eased 5,45%, 13,64% and 21,11% to trade at 13 cents, 38 cents and 272,97 cents in that order.
Wildale, Zimpapers and Zimre eased 6,25%, 15,03% and 19,62% to close at 0,75 cents, 1,3 cents and 2,13 cents respectively.
On the resource space, RioZim added 0,21% to close the week at 120 cents.
Bindura lost 10%to trade at 4,5 cents while Hwange and Falgold remained unchanged at 3,8 cents and 2,2 cents respectively.
Analysts say the market is self-correcting from the current bull run, which has left most companies overvalued.
“If the biggest fundamental, which was pushing everything up comes to an end, we expect the market to correct itself from the panic buying and we are likely to see a pullback on the local bourse,” an analyst said.
The market was mostly moved by currency risk induced by the bond notes, a surrogate currency which was introduced in November last year to address the acute cash shortages experienced in the country.
Analysts say punters who were seeking to profit from the bull run might lose their bets if the unfolding events continue to go against their forecasts.
“Trading will be a bit tight on the local bourse because of too much uncertainty surrounding what might possibly happen given the current political situation in the country,” an equity analyst said.
While some had predicted that a surprise military takeover would bring certainty to the market — foreign investors sold off sharply in the week.
Foreigners disposed of shares worth $24 million and bought shares worth $15,7 million.