Gains piling up for JSE Main Market

Stocks mostly rose on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange at the close on Friday after an exchange of more than 19 times the number of shares and a 24 percent increase in the value than on Thursday as the bullish tone of the market continues.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index advanced 3,600.36 points to 435,722.68, the Main Index climbed 3,258.67 points to 397,474.41 and the JSE Financial Index gained 0.83 points to settle at 104.25.
Trading ended with stocks of 41 companies changing hands compared to 38 on Thursday with the prices of 17 stocks rising, 11 declining and 13 remaining unchanged.
The average PE Ratio closed at 15.9 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
Investors exchanged 229,254,233 shares at $226,718,055 compared to 12,009,747 units at $182,824,365 on Thursday. Sagicor Select Financial Fund led trading with 95.3 percent of total volume, after exchanging 218.40 million shares followed by Wigton Windfarm with 2.1 percent of the day’s trade for 4.81 million units and Transjamaican Highway with 1.4 percent market share for 3.10 million units.
Trading averaged 5,591,567 units at $5,529,709 for each security, versus 316,046 shares at $4,811,167 on Thursday. Month to date average ended with 639,789 units at $6,875,412 for each security, compared to 382,145 units at $6,945,430. October averaged 398,200 units at $4,622,532.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows five stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close of trading, Barita Investments gained 45 cents to settle at $84.50, in exchanging 101,656 shares, Caribbean Cement advanced by $2 to $61, with investors swapping 3,296 units, Eppley rose $2.20 to $24.45, after 19,640 stock units passed through the market. Grace Kennedy ended $3.86 higher at $67, with 328,868 shares changing hands, Jamaica Stock Exchange rose 88 cents to $19.50 after exchanging a mere 100 units, JMMB Group advanced by $2 to $35, in trading 334,276 shares. Key Insurance closed at $10.35 and rose to $1.75 after trading 287,658 shares, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy declined by $4.50 to $145.50, in crossing the market with 224 units, Pan Jam Investment fell $1.05 to $67.10 trading 25,670 stock units. Proven Investments climbed $2.22 to $39.02, with an exchange of 56 units, Scotia Group advanced $2.89 to $47.99, with investors swapping 45,993 stock units, Stanley Motta shed 80 cents to close at $4.70, in crossing the market with 5,500 units and Supreme Ventures loss of 50 cents to end at $17.50, after 145,808 shares passed through the market.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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