Falling stocks dominate JSE main market – Thursday

The Jamaica Stock Exchange main market lost more ground on Thursday, with volume exceeding Wednesday’s levels by a wide margin.
Market activity closed with 32 active securities in the main and US dollar markets, compared to 33 on Wednesday with the prices of 8 stocks rose, 18 declined and 6 remained unchanged.
The All Jamaica Composite Index lost 299.44 points to end at 390,498.41 and the JSE Index declined by 272.83 points to close at 355,788.24.
Main market trading closed with Jamaica Producers leading with 650,876 units, or 19.7 percent of the day’s volume, Seprod with 616,205 units and 18.7 percent of volume traded and 1834 Investments with 443,270 units accounting for 13.4 percent of main market volume.
IC bid-offer Indicator|At the end of trading, the Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows just 2 stocks ending with the bid higher than the last selling prices and 3 closing with lower offers.
The market closed with much trading volume than on Wednesday as 3,304,274 units valued at $77,547,412 changed hands, compared with 7,229,792 units valued at $190,325,727 being exchanged, on Wednesday.
Trading resulted in an average of 110,142 units valued at over $2,584,914, in contrast to 225,931 shares valued at $5,947,679 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date, amounts to 251,748 valued at $3,117,393, compared to 265,815 valued at $3,175,481. October closed, with an average of 290,851 shares, valued $5,213,901, for each security traded.
In the main market activity, Barita Investments lost $1 to close at $19, trading 140,000 shares, Berger Paints lost $1.40 and ended at $18.60, with 6,680 stock units, Caribbean Cement dived $4 to close at $46 in trading of 500 shares, Grace Kennedy rose 60 cents to end trading of 10,836 shares at $55, Jamaica Producers dipped 99 cents to end at $23.01, trading 650,876 shares, Jamaica Stock Exchange lost 84 cents, in closing at $10.16, trading 96,393 shares, JMMB Group rose $1.60 to $34, with an exchange of 63,957 shares, Kingston Wharves dropped $2 to $76 trading 14,080 shares, Mayberry Investments shed 43 cents to settle at $9.57, in exchanging 13,638 units, NCB Financial Group rose 40 cents and ended trading of 164,248 shares at $130.41. PanJam Investment gained 60 cents in closing at $65.10, with an exchange of just 1,775 stock units, Sagicor Group declined 90 cents to $38.65, trading 37,603 shares, Sagicor Real Estate Fund fell 98 cents and settled at $11.50, trading 64,571 shares, Scotia Group rose $4.70 trading 90,583 to close at $55.99, Seprod rose $2.50 to end trading 616,205 shares at $29.50, Sterling Investments lost 75 cents and closed at $19.75, trading 800 shares, Supreme Ventures lost 50 cents and ended at $16.50, with an exchange of 156,532 shares and Sygnus Credit Investments Jamaican dollar based ordinary share dropped 95 cents in trading 33,550 units at $11.05.
Trading in the US dollar market amounted to 40,126 units valued at $5,783. Proven investments completed trading 21,126 shares to end at 20 U$ cents and rose 0.5 cents and Sygnus Credit Investments US dollar based ordinary share dropped 2 cents in trading 19,000 units at an all-time low of 8 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index fell 3.13 points to close at 159.65.

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