Bounce for JSE main market

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange rebounded with a sizable uptick in the major indices, fueled by higher volume and value than the previous day’s levels.
At the close, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index jumped 3,064.94 points to close at 544,990.31, the JSE Index climbed 2,772.23 points to 496,314.03 and the JSE Financial Index gained 1.51 points to end at 134.81.
The market closed with 37 securities changing hands in the main and US dollar markets with 15 rising, 8 declining and 14 trading firm. Main market activity ended with 36 securities accounting for 16,549,353 units valued at $101,400,917 in contrast to 13,816,242 units valued at just $50,442,551 on Thursday from 33 securities.
Sagicor Select Funds dominated trading with 6.6 million shares for 40 percent of total volume, followed by Radio Jamaica with 4.3 million units accounting for 26 percent of the day’s trade and Wigton Windfarm with 2.6 million shares for 16 percent of shares changing hands. QWI Investments closed at a new low of $1.02 to 23 percent below its net asset value of $1.32.
The market closed with an average of 459,704 units valued at an average of $2,816,692 for each security traded, in contrast to 418,674 units valued at an average of $1,528,562 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 324,817 units valued at $3,211,502 and previously, an average of 361,820 units valued at $3,292,259 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 13 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 4 with lower offers. The PE ratio of the market ended at 17.1, with the primary market ending at 18 times 2019 current year’s earnings.
In main market activity, Barita Investments gained $1.02 to close at $70.02 trading 17,701 shares, Berger Paints added 50 cents to settle at $18.50, after exchanging 3,600 shares, Carreras traded 611,160 shares, rising by 29 cents to $8.74. Eppley Caribbean Property Fund closed at $37, after gaining $1.87 with 2,640 shares changing hands. Grace Kennedy ended at $67, losing 50 cents trading 15,132 stock units, Jamaica Broilers gained 70 cents to settle at $35.70, with 3,375 units crossing the exchange, JMMB Group rose to $43, after gaining 99 cents in swapping 36,657 shares. MPC Caribbean Clean Energy plunged $25 to $230 in trading 504 units, PanJam Investment dropped $5.25 to $97.50, with an exchange of 1,000 stock units, Portland JSX Fund gained 90 cents in swapping 100 units at $9. Salada Foods ended the day’s trade at $32.50 rising $2.50 with 1,000 units crossing the exchange, Scotia Group advanced $1.50 to $55, after exchanging 808,733 shares and Victoria Mutual Investments closed $1 lower to settle at $7 with 77,650 shares changing hands.
Trading in the US dollar market closed with 12,566 units valued at US$1,758, with the market remaining at 193.62. Sygnus Credit Investments, the sole trade ended the day unchanged at 14 US cents.

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