Another down day for JSE – Friday

The Jamaica Stock Exchange main market closed lower on Friday with JSE All Jamaican Composite Index falling by 795.98 points to 453,102.99 and the JSE Index declined by 723.33 points to 412,740.30.
At the close market activity, the main and US markets had 38 securities traded, compared to 32 on Thursday leading to 12 advancing, 14 declining and 1 closing unchanged.
Trading closed with 2,765,705 units valued $90,660,891 changing hands, compared to 1,977,854 units for $90,864,188 trading on Thursday and the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index lost 1,047.74 points to close 453,898.97 and the JSE Index declined by 952.11 points to end at 413,463.63.
Trading ended with an average of 81,344 units valued at an average of $2,666,497 for each security traded. In contrast to 59,935 units for an average of $2,753,460 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 130,615 units valued at $11,557,578 and previously, 137,805 units valued at $13,039,425. Trading for April resulted in an average of 157,923 shares at $3,718,919, for each security traded.
Barita Investments led trading with 549,795 shares accounting for 20 percent of total main market volume, followed by Sagicor Group with 440,087 shares, and 16 percent of the day’s trades and Pulse Investments closed with 281,094 shares for 10 percent of volume traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with the reading showing 3 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 closing with lower offers.
In main market activity, Barita Investments rose $1.50 and closed at $44.50, with 549,795 shares, Caribbean Cement fell 50 cents to finish at $80, with 43,369 shares changing hands, Eppley gained 98 cents and settled at $12.98, with 205 shares trading, Grace Kennedy gained 30 cents and ended trading of 30,704 shares at $61.10. Jamaica Producers gained 50 cents in trading 1,592 shares to close at $24. PanJam Investment concluded trading of 11,623 shares and lost $1 to end at $90, Scotia Group  traded 109,267 units after rising 69 cents in closing at $50.99, Supreme Ventures  finished with a rise of $2 to close at a 52 weeks’ high of at $33, with 70,840 shares. Sygnus Credit Investments lost 40 cents to close at $12 with an exchange of 53,679 shares and Wisynco Group ended trading of 269,465 shares with a rise of 35 cents to end at $14.90.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 53,175 units valued at over US$5,496, with JMMB Group  6% preference share concluded trading 490 units at $1.05,  Proven Investments closed trading with 950 units in closing at 23.99 US cents and Sygnus Credit Investments  lost 1 cent and completed trading of 51,736 shares at 9 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index rose 0.66 points to close at 182.22.

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