Declining stocks dominate JSE

The Jamaica Stock Exchange main market ended with modest gains on Tuesday with increased market activity but with falling stocks distancing advancing ones by 25 percent.
At the end of trading, All Jamaica Composite Index gained 470.64 points to close at 416,376.17 and the JSE Index rose 428.81 points to 379,365.82.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 11 stocks ending with bids higher than the last selling prices and 2 closing with lower offers, suggesting mostly gains ahead for stocks on Wednesday.
A total of 31 securities traded including 3 in the US dollar market, compared to 27 trading on Monday with the prices of 12 securities rising, 15 declining and 4 holding firm.
Kingston Wharves traded at 52 weeks’ high during the day of $85 and Mayberry Equities traded at an intraday high of $13.25, but both fell back by the close, while Sterling Investments closed at a 52 weeks’ high of $27.60 and Radio Jamaica ended at a 52 weeks’ low of 85 cents.
Trading ended with major contraction in trading volume in the main market compared to Monday’s levels, with 9,264,518 units valued at $430,892,380 compared to 13,217,499 units valued at $228,334,356 changing hands on Monday.
Trading closed with Kingston Wharves led with 5,087,056 units and accounting for 54.91 percent of the day’s volume followed by Ciboney with 1,393,189 units or 15.04 percent of total volume traded and Carreras with 737,720 units and 7.96 percent of the day’s volume.
Trading resulted in an average of 330,876 units valued at over $15,389,014, in contrast to 528,700 shares valued at $9,133,374 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 386,273 shares, valued $7,433,795 and previously, 394,228 shares, valued $6,099,986. September closed, with an average of 1,022,243 shares valued $15,752,876, for each security traded.
In the main market activity, Berger Paints rose 51 cents to end at $22.50, trading 8,578 stock units, Caribbean Cement shed 91 cents to finish at $49.09, in exchanging 23,096 shares, Grace Kennedy lost 50 cents and ended trading 19,357 shares at $61.50, Jamaica Broilers declined by $1 in trading 42,674 stock units stock units to close at $32, Jamaica Producers rose 50 cents and finished trading 17,843 units at $30, JMMB Group fell $1 and ended at $36, with 202,220 shares, Kingston Wharves dropped $7.99 in exchanging 5,087,056 stock units to closed at $75, Mayberry Investments lost 30 cents to finish at $9.20, trading 161,000 stock units, PanJam Investment grew 69 cents to $64.70,with 4,715 stock units trading, Sagicor Real Estate Fund rose $1 to end at $15, trading 47,645 shares, Scotia Group declined $1 to close at $60, trading 167,808 units, Seprod jumped $1 trading 3,600 shares, to close at $50, Sterling Investments jumped $2.60 and closed at a 52 weeks’ high of $27.60 with a mere 300 shares changing hands, Supreme Ventures rose 40 cent to end at $20.90, with 39,955 shares changing hands and Wisynco Group rose 25 cents to $9.60, trading 452,414 shares.
Trading in the US dollar market closed with 5,608 units valued at $3,002, changing hands JMMB Group 6 percent preference share traded 2,035 units to end at US$1.07, Margaritaville traded 1,298 shares at 25 US cents after rising by 1 cent, Proven Investments lost 1 cent in trading 2,275 shares to close at 21 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index lost 3.53 points to 171.74.

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