Another big Barita trade

Barita Investments headquarters

Barita Investments had another day of big trades with 22 million shares valued at $1.9 billion crossing the Jamaica Stock Exchange main market on Tuesday, following the 28.5 million units on Monday and more than 18.8 million shares last week.
The company in releases to the exchange stated “that five directors and five connected parties purchased a total of 20,575,536 shares during the period October 14 to15” and “that a Director and two connected parties purchased a total of 2,939,469 shares during the period October 7 to 8.”
The Jamaica Stock Exchange main market declined for the seventh consecutive day on slightly lower volume valued 25 percent lower than on Monday as short-term correction continues for the market. Trading ended with 38 securities changing hands in the main and US dollar markets with 16 stocks advancing, 18 declining and 4 trading firm. The market closed with the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index falling by 2,226.15 points to close at 547,929.64. The JSE Index declined 2,016.16 points to 498,836.52 and the JSE Financial Index lost 0.49 points in ending at 136.19.
Main market activity ended with 36 securities trading, resulting in 40,595,146 units valued at $1,769,588,600 in contrast to 41,631,061 units valued at $2,360,959,252 from 32 securities trading on Monday.
The large Barita Investments trade accounted for 53 percent of total volume, followed by Wigton Windfarm with 13.8 million shares for 34 percent of the market’s trade and Sagicor Select Funds with 2.67 million units accounting for 7 percent of the day’s volume. QWI Investments was the only other company with million shares trade as it closed with just over 1 million units changing hands.
The Market closed with an average of 1,127,643 units valued at $49,155,239 for each security traded, in contrast to 1,300,971 units for an average of $73,779,977 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 1,004,254 shares for $18,786,922 for each security traded and previously 992,746 shares at $15,672,223 for each stock traded. The market closed out September with an average of 1,585,081 units valued at $14,071,562 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 7 securities ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 with lower offers. The PE ratio of the market ended at 16.4 with the main market ending at 17 times 2019 current year’s earnings.
In main market activity, Berger gained $1 to close at $19.90 as a mere 400 units changed hands, Grace Kennedy gained 35 cents in exchanging 99,563 shares to settle at $66.35, Jamaica Broilers dropped 94 cents trading 41,753 shares to end at $33.06. Jamaica Stock Exchange gained 85 cents in closing at $29 with an exchange of 10,659 shares, JMMB Group lost $1 to settle at $42, with 19,715 crossing the exchange. Kingston Wharves closed 99 cents higher trading just 541 shares, to end at $60.99, NCB Financial fell by $1.94, closing at $200.06 with 55,949 shares changing hands. PanJam Investment lost 75 cents and ended at $100.25 after 2,108 shares crossed the exchange, Sagicor Group traded 19,892 shares, losing $1.93 to settle at $67.07, Salada Foods gained 30 cents, after 1,699 shares changed hands to close at $29.30. Scotia Group closed 80 cents lower to $56.20 with 6,200 shares traded, Seprod fell by $1.99 to end at $51.01 with an exchange of 3,000 shares, Supreme Ventures declined $1.35, closing at $26.05 with 30,137 shares crossing the exchange. Sygnus Credit Investments gained 70 cents to close at $23.70 in the trading of 72,818 shares and Wisynco Group lost 75 cents to end at $22.25 trading 394,938 shares.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 159,923 units valued at $16,410 and the market index gained 1.53 points to close at 196.68. Sterling Investments lost 0.3 of a US cent to close at 2.71 US cents with an exchange of 110,167 shares and Proven Investments gained 0.01 of a US cent to close at 26.98 US cents and 49,756 shares changing hands.

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