Another big drop for JSE main market – Friday  

After the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange suffered one of its largest declines in its history, with the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index having dived 10,996.27 points on Thursday, the index plunged another 9,551.77 points on Friday to close at 412,491.83 on a day of mostly falling prices.
The JSE Index dropped 8,702.74 points, following the fall of 10,018.84 on Thursday to close at 375,826.72 on Friday. The market got hit with the sharp pull back in the prices of some heavily weighted stocks with NCB Financial, Sagicor Group and Scotia Group leading the pack with the former pulling back from $159 to $149.90, the Sagicor declining from $47.50 to $41 and Scotia declining from $59 at the start of Thursday to $54.01 on Friday.
At the end, 28 securities changed hands in the main and US dollar markets with prices of just 6 rising, 16 declining and 6 remaining unchanged compared to 30 securities trading on Thursday.
The main market ended with 5,896,056 units valued at $161,797,148 trading, compared with 1,266,059 units valued at $39,894,741 changing hands on Thursday.
The main market ended with Mayberry Investments trading 1,715,395 units, accounting for just over 29 percent of the volume, followed by Sagicor Group with 1,388,644 units or 23.55 percent of the day’s volume and JMMB Group with 1,314,699 units and 22.30 percent of the day’s volume.
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Trading resulted in an average of 226,771 units valued at over $6,222,967, in contrast to 46,891 shares valued at $1,477,583 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 128,316 units with a value of $3,599,881 compared to 104,614 units valued at $2,135,092, previously. November closed, with an average of 405,528 valued at $7,755,942, for each security.
In main market activity, Barita Investments dropped $1.48 to end at $31.52, with 6,543 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cement jumped $5.35 and finished trading 35,500 shares at $49, Grace Kennedy dropped 50 cents and ended trading 8,938 shares at $58. Jamaica Producers finished trading of 22,814 units with a gain of 49 cents to close at $25, JMMB Group jumped $1 and ended at $34 with 1,314,699 shares changing hands, Kingston Wharves fell 70 cents to $75, with 6,800 stock units changing hands. Mayberry Investments fell 50 cents trading 1,715,395 shares in closing at $9, Mayberry Equities fell 50 cents trading only 756 shares in closing at $9.50, NCB Financial Group dived $9.10 to end trading of 108,978 shares at $149.90, PanJam Investment lost 95 cents to close at $65.05, with an exchange of 9,904 stock units, Sagicor Group fell $3 to finish trading of 1,388,644 shares at $41, Seprod traded 68,880 shares, dropping 80 cents in the process to close at $32.20 Supreme Ventures rose 99 cents and ended at $16.99, with 149,695 shares exchanged.
Trading in the US dollar market amounted to 5,000,166 units valued at $550,037 as Proven Investments rose 1 cents and ended at 22 US cents with just 166 shares changing hands and Sygnus Credit Investments US dollar based ordinary share rose 1 cent trading 5 million units to end at 11 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index closed with a rise of 4.95 points to close at 171.32.

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