Momentum in Motion: Earning Gain Traction

Momentum Metropolitan Holdings Limited (JSE: MTM), a leading South African financial services group, has recently unveiled its unaudited interim results for the first half of 2024, offering a compelling snapshot of its financial performance.  

Earnings climbed 6% year-over-year to reach R2.21 billion, largely driven by a surge in operating profit. This 69% jump in operating profit, reaching R2.03 billion, reflects the company’s robust core business. Moreover, the firm’s performance is further accentuated by the notable uptick in the present value of new business premiums, soaring by 18% to an impressive R39.10 billion. This surge not only reflects Momentum’s ability to attract and retain clients but also forms a sturdy foundation for sustained growth and profitability. 

Integral to this success is Momentum’s adept navigation of market dynamics, leveraging a favourable interest rate environment and capitalising on opportunities across various business units. However, despite these commendable achievements, the market response appears lukewarm, with the share price trading 5% lower year-to-date. Will the market recognise the company’s underlying strength, or will the current sentiment persist?  


Momentum’s price action reveals a compelling narrative of market dynamics and technical patterns. The stock demonstrates resilience amidst market fluctuations, trading within a long-term uptrend and above the 100-day moving average. The ascending channel pattern further accentuates this upward trajectory, visually representing the stock’s consistent climb. 

Support materialised near the channel’s lower boundary at R18.47 per share, signalling a key level for investors. However, as the share price surged towards the upper boundary, encountering resistance at R22.44 per share, overbought RSI conditions emerged, stalling further advancement. This resistance marked a significant barrier, prompting a retracement towards the channel’s lower boundary, aligning with the 61.80% Fibonacci Retracement Golden Ratio at R19.99. 

The R19.99 per share level has since emerged as a steadfast intermediate support, impeding further downward pressure. Market sentiment hinges on the potential for upside momentum to regain traction, with R22.44 per share serving as a critical point of interest. Conversely, a high volume breakdown below the Golden Ratio could usher in a retest of support levels, signalling a shift in sentiment. 


A lukewarm market response persists despite Momentum Metropolitan Holdings’ robust earnings growth and resilient price action. With key technical levels like R22.44 and R19.99 per share pivotal, market sentiment remains uncertain. Investors await clarity on whether Momentum’s underlying strength will be recognised or if current sentiment will endure. 

Sources: Momentum Metropolitan Holdings Limited, Reuters, TradingView 

Piece Written By Nkosilathi Dube, Trive Financial Market Analyst 

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