Big gains for JSE main market

Proven Investments closed at a record high on the JSE main market.

Stocks continue to rebound on the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Monday with a four-digit rise in the market index as trading volume rose 77 percent, with 39 securities traded with 15 advancing, 12 declining and 12 trading firm in the US dollar and main markets.
After falling moderately on Friday the market made strong gains on Monday as the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index climbed 2,578.73 points to close at 545,658.25, the JSE Index advanced 2,362.71 points to 496,939.21 and the JSE Financial Index gained 0.50 points to close at 134.91.
Main market activity, closed with 38 securities trading, leading to 19,703,423 units valued at $146,119,200 crossing the exchange, in contrast to 11,107,535 units valued at $113,371,137 on Friday also with 38 securities trading.
Sagicor Select Funds dominated trading with 12.7 million shares for 64 percent of total volume, followed by Wisynco Group with 2.5 million units accounting for 13 percent of the day’s trade following the release of a 53 percent rise in September quarter profit and Wigton Windfarm with 2.24 million shares for 11 percent of the market’s trade. Also trading more than 1 million shares was QWI Investments with 1.1 million units. Proven Investments closed at a 52 weeks’ high while MPC Clean Energy hit a record high of $275 but close back at Fridays’ close of $260.
The market closed with an average of 518,511 units valued at an average of $3,845,242 for each security traded, in contrast to 292,304 units valued at an average of $2,983,451 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 405,407 units valued at $3,414,347 for each security changing hands. The market closed out October with an average of 957,488 units valued at $13,947,047 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 10 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 with lower offers. The PE ratio of the market ended at 17.1 with the main market ending at 17.9 times 2019 current year’s earnings.
In main market activity, Barita Investments lost 30 cents to close at $70.20 trading 63,281 shares, Berger Paints ended at $17.11, after losing 46 cents in exchanging 4,690 shares, following a release from the company that they changed general manager at the end of October. Caribbean Cement gained 50 cents to settle at $77.50, with 548,786 shares changing hands, Carreras closed 70 cents higher to $8.60, trading 6,050 shares, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund settled at $35, after gaining $1 in swapping just 100 units. Eppley climbed $1.50 to close at $16, in trading 500 shares, Jamaica Producers slid $2, ending at $22 with an exchange of 15,100 shares, Jamaica Stock Exchange gained 90 cents to close at $30, with 5,509 shares crossing the exchange. JMMB Group closed 70 cents lower at $42 after trading 16,521 shares, Kingston Wharves lost $1.40 to close at $60, with 1,400 shares changing hands, PanJam Investment closed at $97.50, after losing 50 cents with 140 shares traded, Portland JSX gained 50 cents, ending at $9 after swapping 200 units. Proven Investments jumped $2 in trading 621 shares to end at a 52 weeks’ high of $47, Pulse Investments lost 50 cents exchanging 52,397 shares and closed at $3.90, Seprod climbed $2.10 to $54.60 with 5,558 units traded and Wisynco Group added 50 cents, in swapping 2,511,617 shares to close at $24 following release of very positive quarterly results last week.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 751,000 units valued US$196,441 with the market index losing 8.72 points to close at 194.07 as Proven Investments, the sole trade, lost 1 US cent to close at 26.01 US cents after slipping 1 cent.

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