After the first two trading weeks of each month, we report the top traded stocks via our platform for each country we are active in. Apart from most traded stock, this article lists the most traded sector, and the winners and losers during this time period. Eurostoxx 50 started this month in the green, with a gain of 1,9% between the 1st and 16th of December. There were also major developments for investors, such as the Conservative party winning the election in the UK on December 12, 2019, and ‘phase one’ of the trade deal between the US and China being agreed upon.
Most traded sector
Finance has been the most popular sector, with five of the 18 markets having traded a financial company the most. Two of them were Wirecard, a digital financial platform, and the other three banks, from Spain, Greece and Portugal. Performance has been mixed, with Wirecard dropping 7,2% and National Bank of Greece remaining constant at 0%. Banco Comercial Português saw an increase of 0,9%, and Santander gained the most with a 9,2% increase.
The stock that has seen the biggest movement is Tullow Oil. The oil and gas exploration and production company saw a decline of 55,1% from the 1st until the 16th of December. In 1985, the company was founded in Tullow, Ireland, and currently has his headquarter in London, United Kingdom. Their main production comes from Africa, but Tullow Oil is also active in the Southern North Sea and Asia.
The company stock has fallen over 70% since the beginning of November, to the lowest point in 18 years. Problems with drilling operations in Ghana coincided with the discovery of heavy crudes found off Guyana’s coast. Forecasts made by the firm were cut, dividend was suspended, and S&P lowered the credit rating to B from B+. Both CEO Pat McDade and head of exploration Angus McCross resigned after the guidance was cut.
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Sources: Reuters, Bloomberg