Friday’s trading halts falling market Index

Stocks prices declining outpaced those rising by a ratio of two to one at close on Friday, but market activity brought modest relief to the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market that has been suffering declines for most of the week.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index advanced 909.45 points to 426,921.93, the JSE Main Index rose 665.72 points to 389,411.86, and the JSE Financial Index gained 0.29 points to close at 100.46.
Trading ended with 44 securities changing hands compared to 43 on Thursday and closed with prices of 10 stocks rising, 20 declining and 14 remaining unchanged. The PE Ratio closed with an average of 16.6 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 49 percent fewer shares than on Thursday as 6,649,726 shares traded for $37,545,320 compared to 12,956,415 units at $60,027,692 on Thursday. Pulse Investments led trading with 37.8 percent of total volume for 2.52 million shares, followed by QWI Investments with 23.4 percent for 1.55 million units and Transjamaican Highway 13.1 percent, with 871,930 units.
Trading for the day averaged 151,130 units at $853,303, compared to 301,312 shares at $1,395,993 on Thursday. Trading month to date averaged 326,985 units at $1,105,486, in contrast to 346,427 units at $1,133,366 on Thursday. Trading in December averaged 455,206 units at $7,774,631.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading has ten stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close of trading, Caribbean Cement fell by $1.30 to end at $62.20, after 5,041 shares cleared the market, Eppley climbed $2.62 to $22.05, with an exchange of 39,312 shares, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund declined by $5 to end at $43 after trading 9,899 units. First Rock Capital shed 35 cents to close at $12.65, in an exchange of 23,397 shares, Grace Kennedy slid 44 cents to $64.55, with 29,798 stock units changing hands, Jamaica Broilers gained 39 cents to end at $28.39, in trading 2,744 units. Jamaica Producers shed 40 cents to $19.60, with swapping of 204,526 stocks, Jamaica Stock Exchange finished at $18.31, after losing 64 cents and transferring 19,484 units, JMMB Group rose 98 cents to $33.49, with investors swapping 45,098 stocks. Kingston Wharves shed 74 cents to end at $46.76, in switching ownership of 425 units, NCB Financial fell $1 to $139, with 37,390 stock units crossing the market, Palace Amusement dropped $200 in closing at $1,100, with an exchange of 39 units. PanJam Investment fell $1.77 to $70.17, in transferring 1,793 units, Salada Foods ended at $33.20, with a loss of $2.80 trading 21,881 stocks, Scotia Group rose $1 to $44, after exchanging 22,377 shares, Seprod shed 70 cents in closing at $63.50, in an exchange of 10,331 stocks and Stanley Motta settled at $5.45, with gains of 39 cents while exchanging 7,231 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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