Big drop for JSE Main Market

The Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange declined for the second day in a row as falling stock prices outpaced advancing ones, with trading levels rising well above that on Wednesday.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index carved out a drop of 4,902.61 points to 414,217.20, the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Index dived 4,332.39 points to close at 377,881.72 and the JSE Financial Index shed 1.18 points to end at 97.86. The average PE Ratio of the Main Market ended at 15.2 based on IC Insider.com’s forecasted 2020-21 earnings.
Trading ended with 43 securities changing hands with the prices of 13 stocks rising, 17 declining and 13 closing unchanged. The market closed with an exchange of 25,342,527 shares accounting for $172,663,218 compared to 19,356,583 units at $59,986,491 on Wednesday. Pulse Investments led trading with 9.34 million shares for 37 percent of total volume followed by   Transjamaican Highway with 4.88 million units for 19 percent of the day’s trade and Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 3.79 million units for 15 percent of market share. Other trades over a million units are Wigton Windfarm 2.7 million shares and Jamaica Broilers with 2 million shares.
The average trade for Thursday ended at 589,361 units for $4,015,424  in contrast to an average of 460,871 at $1,428,250 on Wednesday. The average trade for the month to date is 525,872 for $2,737,055, in contrast to 460,871 units at $1,428,250 for each security. In contrast, June ended with an average of 818,748 units at $7,498,308 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the Main market shows 12 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and one with a lower offer.
At the close of the market, Barita Investments declined by $3 to $59, in trading 4,711 stock units, Caribbean Cement closed $1 higher at $50 after exchanging 25,101 stock units, Eppley gained 89 cents to end at $17.39, with a transfer of 100 units. Eppley Caribbean Property Fund climbed $1.02 to $43.95, with 11,357 stock units changing hands, First Rock Capital fell $1.99 to $12.01 trading 4,300 units, Jamaica Broilers Group rose 68 cents to end at $28.67, with 2,083,164 shares changing hands.  Jamaica Stock Exchange lost 44 cents to finish at $21.50, with an exchange of 31,009 stock units, JMMB Group picked up 50 cents transferring 35,000 stock units to settle at $31.50, Kingston Wharves declined to $53, with a loss of $4 exchanging 6,580 units. MPC Caribbean Clean Energy climbed $8 to $168, in trading 501 units, NCB Financial Group gained 80 cents to finish at $137.50 with 120,381 shares changing hands, PanJam Investment fell $1 to finish at $74 with the trading of 104,975 shares.  Sagicor Group climbed $3.90 to close at $50.15  as 110,812 shares crossed the market,  Scotia Group closed 90 cents higher at $45, in trading 348,793 shares and Sygnus Credit  Investments lost 50 cents to end at $16, with a transfer of 5,043 stock units.

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

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