Another declining day for JSE majors

Main market stocks declined for the seventh day out of eight trading days of October as the number of stocks declining overwhelmed the numbers rising at the end of market activity on Tuesday, after the volume and value of shares trading rose 24 percent and 29 percent, respectively over Monday trades on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market.
The All Jamaican Composite Index shed 1,515.24 points to 447,353.07, the JSE Main Index dropped 1,445.83 points to 405,664.69 and the JSE Financial Index lost 0.15 points to end at 98.71.
On Monday, trading ended with 49 securities down from 56, with 12 rising, 29 declining, and eight ending unchanged. The PE Ratio, a measure used in computing appropriate stock values, averages 15.4 based on forecast of 2021-22 earnings.
Trading ended with 9,957,383 shares changing hands for $95,786,617 versus 8,028,740 units at $74,362,299 on Monday.
Sagicor Select Financial Fund led trading with 15.5 percent of total volume for an exchange of 1.54 million shares, followed by Wigton Windfarm with 12.7 percent for 1.27 million units, QWI Investments with 11.7 percent for 1.17 million units and Caribbean Producers with 10.4 percent after trading 1.03 million units.
Trading averages 203,212 units at $1,954,829, compared to 143,370 shares at $1,327,898 on Monday and month to date, an average of 239,510 units at $3,459,637, versus 244,382  units at $3,661,653 on Monday. September closed with an average of 335,669 units at $7,507,404.Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows ten stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close, Caribbean Cement shed $1 to $116 after exchanging 50,264 shares, Eppley fell $1.90 to end at $35 with 1,933 stocks changing hands, First Rock Capital rallied 54 cents to $12.65 with 65 stock units crossing the market. GraceKennedy shed $1.32 in ending at $97.92 in switching ownership of 10,622 units, Guardian Holdings spiked $10 to $570 with 323 shares clearing the market, Jamaica Broilers popped 50 cents to $30.50 in trading 7,464 stocks. Jamaica Stock Exchange rallied 49 cents to $17.49 in transferring 527 stock units, JMMB Group lost 34 cents at $37.16 after exchanging 70,816 units, Kingston Properties rose $1.24 to close at $10 in switching ownership of 1,163 shares. Kingston Wharves fell 95 cents in closing at $43.05 with the swapping of 6,713 stocks, NCB Financial lost 51 cents to end at $125 in an exchange of 38,921 units, PanJam Investment declined $1.41 to close at $63 with 16,806 stock units changing hands. Proven Investments gained 48 cents to end at $33.48 with a transfer of 3,275 stock units, Sagicor Group shed $1 in closing at $54 in trading 142,204 shares, Sagicor Real Estate Fund fell $1.49 to $7 with an exchange of 9,583 stocks. Scotia Group declined $2.24 to a 52 week’s low of $36.70 in transferring 167,009 units, Seprod gained 39 cents in closing at $57.51 with 29,054 shares clearing the market and Sygnus Credit Investments picked up 24 cents to end at $17.24 in exchanging 124,241 stocks.
In the preference segmentEppley 7.50% preference share gained 49 cents to end at $6.50 after trading eight stock units.

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

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