Barita jumps to record close

The Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market surged sharply on the last trading day of the month to close at the highest point since the first day in July as Barita Investments jumped to a new one year high of $95.51, after trading levels for the marketing ended with an increase of 162 percent more shares changing hands than on Tuesday.

The chart shows a saucer shape for the market that points to a sharp rise in the market.

At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index surged 9,745.94 points to settle at 416,926.56, the Main Index jumped 8,779.22 points to settle at 380,425.98 and the JSE Financial Index increased 3.07 points to settle at 100.45.
Trading ended with 46 securities changing hands compared to 45 on Tuesday and ended with the prices of 22 stocks rising, the prices of 12 declining and 12 remaining unchanged. The average PE Ratio of the market ended at 15.9 based on IC Insider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 16,710,134 shares for $211,378,559 compared to 6,376,770 units at $90,289,336 on Tuesday. Pulse Investments led trading with 26.5 percent of total volume in an exchange of 4.43 million shares, followed by Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 21.4 percent or 3.57 million units, Sagicor Group with 9.4 percent market share for 1.57 million units. Transjamaica Highway traded 1.38 shares for 8.3 percent market share, Wigton Windfarm with 1.32 million units, Sagicor Select Manufacturing & Distribution Fund with 1.3 million units.
Trading ended with an average of 363,264 units changing hands at  $4,595,186 for each security, compared to an average of 141,706 shares at $2,006,430 on Tuesday. The average trade for the month to date, ended at 265,170  units at $3,271,625 for each security, in contrast to 260,128 units at  $3,203,598 on Tuesday. </Trading month to date compares adversely to, August with an average of 497,441 units at $3,201,918.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the market shows 13 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Barita Investments increased $5.51 in ending at 52 weeks’ high of $95.51 in trading 874,473 shares, Caribbean Cement advanced $1.46 to settle at $49.50 while exchanging 37,212 stocks, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund carved out a loss 30 cents in closing at $50 in an exchange of 400 shares. First Rock Capital advanced 40 cents in ending at $13 after exchanging 6,568  units, Jamaica Broilers climbed $2.20 to end at $27.70 with investors switching ownership of 16,232 stock units,  Jamaica Producers carved out a gain of 50 cents in closing at $21 in trading  48,979 units. Jamaica Stock Exchange climbed $1.40 in closing at $19.85 and trading 202,830 stock units, JMMB Group jumped $2.99 ending at $31 with an exchange of 118,333 stock units, Key Insurance advanced $1.24 to settle at $9.61 in clearing the market with 151,331 stocks. Kingston Wharves gained $3.10 in ending at $49.10 after exchanging 100 stock units, Mayberry Investments climbed $1.09 to close at $6.25 with 10 stock units changing hands, Mayberry Jamaican Equities increased 64 cents in closing at $8.30 trading 2,832 stocks. MPC Caribbean Clean Energy dropped $5 to settle at $150, with 1,605 stock units passing through the market, PanJam Investment carved out a gain of $3.49 in closing at $69.50, with 24,108 stock units passing through the market, Portland JSX dropped 45 cents to close at $7.05 with investors switching ownership of 106,892 shares. Sagicor Group carved out a gain of $2.10 to settle at $46.40 while exchanging 1,571,769 units, Stanley Motta climbed 47 cents to close at $5.12, with 33,715 stocks clearing the market. Supreme Ventures dropped 40 cents in closing at $14, with 5,437 shares changing hands, Sygnus Credit Investments advanced $1.70 and ended at $19.40 in exchanging 93,341 shares and Wisynco Group advanced 45 cents to close at $16.90 trading 55,901 stock units.
In the Main Market preference segment, Productive Business Solutions 9.75% Preference share advanced $24 to settle at $104 with investors switching ownership of five stock units.

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

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