Another declining day for JSE Main Market

Market activity ended on Wednesday with the volume of shares trading surged 74 percent above Tuesday’s trades with a moderately lower loss of 7 percent in value, leading to the eighth day of decline in the market index out of nine since the start of the month, on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market.
The All Jamaican Composite Index dropped 2,314.42 points to settle at 445,038.65, the Main Index fell 1,530.01 points to 404,134.68 and the JSE Financial Index lost 1.11 points to end at 97.60.
Trading ended with 50 securities compared to 49 on Tuesday, with rising and declining stocks accounting for 20 each, with ten ending unchanged.
The PE Ratio, a measure used in computing appropriate stock values, averages 15.5 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2021-22 earnings.
A total of 17,325,332 shares traded for $88,984,892 compared to 9,957,383 units at $95,786,617 on Tuesday.
QWI Investments led trading with 47.1 percent of total volume in exchanging 8.15 million shares followed by Wigton Windfarm with 12.7 percent after trading 2.21 million units, Sagicor Select Manufacturing & Distribution Fund 7.7 percent, with 1.33 million units and Transjamaican Highway 6.8 percent with 1.18 million units changing hands.
Trading averages 346,507 units at $1,779,698, versus 203,212 shares at $1,954,829 on Tuesday and month to date, an average of 251,039 units at $3,278,609, compared to 239,510 units at $3,459,637 on Tuesday. September closed with an average of 335,669 units at $7,507,404.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 14 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close, Barita Investments dived $4.31 to close at $95.05 in an exchange of 77,710 shares, Caribbean Cement spiked $4.90 in closing at $120.90 with the swapping of 9,831 stock units, Eppley rose $1 to close at $36 after 1,000 stocks cleared the market. Eppley Caribbean Property Fund shed 77 cents to $39.50 in switching ownership of four units, Guardian Holdings popped $5 to $575 with an exchange of 163 stocks, Jamaica Broilers lost 50 cents to finish at $30 after transferring 12,079 shares. Jamaica Producers gained 63 cents to $21.90 with 5,808 stock units crossing the market, Jamaica Stock Exchange shed 49 cents in closing at $17 after trading 8,608 stocks, JMMB Group rose 43 cents to $37.59 with a transfer of 813,932 stock units. NCB Financial rallied 50 cents to end at $125.50 in exchanging 30,267 shares, Palace Amusement surged $94 to $1,024 with the swapping of 77 units, PanJam Investment advanced $1.40 to $64.40 with 1,859 stock units changing hands. Proven Investments lost 45 cents to $33.03 in switching ownership of 1,403 units, Sagicor Real Estate Fund popped $1.50 in closing at $8.50 after exchanging 450 stocks, Scotia Group shed 49 cents to close at a 52 weeks’ low of $36.21 in trading 155,282 stock units, Seprod gained 29 cents to close at $57.80 with the swapping of 46,199 shares and Sterling Investments traded 764,038 shares and gained 21 cents to close at $3.01.
In the preference segmentEppley 7.50% preference share gained 50 cents to close at $7 in exchanging 500 stock units.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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