Big JSE main market fall – Friday

Media house, RJR traded most shares on friday

The Jamaica Stock Exchange dropped sharply on Friday as declining stocks outpaced advancing ones by a wide margin as just 5 stocks rose, 15 declined and 8 traded firm.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index dropped 2,231.98 points to close at 323,425.19 and the JSE Index dived 2,033.58 points to close at 294,676.90. Market activities resulted in 28 securities trading, compared to 27 on Thursday, in the main and US dollar markets.
The market closed with reduced trading levels, as 7,330,113 units valued at $68,164,850 changed hands, well down from 28,791,979 units valued at $527,232,319 that traded on Thursday. The largest trades were Radio Jamaica with 2,329,526 shares for 31.8 percent of volume traded, 1834 Investments trading 2,253,420 shares accounting for 30.7 percent of the volume traded and Jamaica Broilers with 802,930 units.
Stocks with major price changes are, Grace Kennedy ended trading at $48.50, gaining 75 cents, Jamaica Broilers rose 74 cents to $20, Kingston Wharves fell $1.70 to $47, Sagicor Real Estate Fund settled with a loss of 85 cents at $13.90 and Scotia Group added $1.38 to close at $50.63.
Trading resulted in an average of 281,927 units valued at $2,621,725 compared to 1,107,384 units valued at an average of $20,278,166 for each security traded on Thursday. The average for the month to date is 335,057 shares with a value of $12,075,324, previously 338,126 shares with a value of $12,655,026. In contrast, April closed with an average of 708,206 shares with a value of $6,395,518 for each security traded.
In the US dollar market, JMMB Group, 5.75% US preference share finished trading with a loss of 6 cents to US$2, with 1,000 units. The JSE USD Equities Index fell 0.98 points to close at 172.24.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 8 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and just 2 closing with lower offers.
For more details of market activities see – More normality for JSE main market – Friday.

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