The Industrial Index closed the week 0.16% up at 168.36pts as retailers OK Zimbabwe advanced 6.87% to 14c and financial services group Old Mutual notched 0.42% to 237c. Weakness that creeped in the last two trading sessions subsided and demand revived droving the above mentioned two risers up and saw heavies Delta , Econet, Innscor , Seedco and Barclays holding at their prior prices of 115c, 54.9c, 59c and 4.5c respectively. The gains were mitigated by staple consumer goods supplier Natfoods’ 5.88% retreat to 320c on a mere $973.00 worth of trades, Edgars 10% slump to 9c as buyers discounted the small supply in the market and brick marker Willdale slumped 28% to 0.18c.

Miners trended in the negative shedding 3% to 58.13pts as Bindura slid 3.85% to 5c on net selling. The other miners Hwange and Rio traded unchanged at 4c and 15c respectively. The three above mentioned miners are at various stages of capital raising. Bindura in a repeat cautionary advised that the Smelter restart capital raise is work in progress, Rio Zim is waiting for shareholder nod on its $10mn rights issue while the Reserve Bank announced this week that it also arranged an US$18 million facility to be used by Hwange for the purchase of equipment that they need for enhancing coal production.

Volumes traded firmed 74.94% to 19.93mn buoyed by 15mn Mash special bargain at 2.7c, Barclays 1.87mn shares transacted at 4.5c and Econet 1.31mn shares exchanged at 54.9c. Similarly turnover grew 79.40% to $1.82mn with leading contributions in Econet ($0.72mn), Delta ($0.46mn) and Mash ($0.41mn). The ZSE today ended in a net inflow position of $0.341mn with foreign demand surging 384.98% to $1.13mn and sales increasing 81.35% to $0.79mn. Foreign buys were 99.23% from Econet and Mash while sales were made up of Econet and Lafarge only.