JSE Main Market closes higher Thursday

The Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market ended trading on Thursday with the market rising after slightly more stocks rose than declined after an exchange of 30 percent fewer shares than on Wednesday.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index gained 1,124.89 points to 400,646.11; the Main Index increased 1,078.27 points to 365,783.55 and the JSE Financial Index shed 0.37 points to settle at 95.82.
Trading ended with 43 securities changing hands compared to 44 on Wednesday and closed with the prices of 18 stocks rising,16 declining and nine remaining unchanged. The average PE Ratio of the market ended at 15.3 based on IC Insider.com forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 6,254,690 shares for $40,537,477  compared to 8,881,013 units at $39,150,303 on Wednesday.
On another day of low volume passing through the market, Pulse Investments carved out 32.7 percent of total volume, with 2.05 million shares, followed by Transjamaican Highway for 15.3 percent, with 957,355 units and Wisynco Group, with 12.9 percent, amounting to 808,615 shares.
Trading ended with an average of 145,458 units changing hands at $942,732 for each security compared to an average of 201,841 shares at  $889,780 on Wednesday. The average trade for the month to date ended at  211,084  units at $1,183,350 for each security, in contrast to  216,639 units at $1,203,718. Trading month to date compares adversely to August’s 497,441 units at $3,201,918. 
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the market shows 13 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and five with lower offers.
At the close of the market, 138 Student Living shed 49 cents to close at $4.51 in trading 41 shares, Barita Investments advanced $1.49 to $59.99, with 2,150 units passing through the market, Berger Paints gained 85 cents to close at $12.70, in trading 19,402 stock units. Caribbean Cement climbed  $3.90 to $47.50, exchanging 6,446 units, Eppley closed at $24, with a loss of 85 cents 1,900 units. Eppley Caribbean Property Fund rose $2 in closing at a record high of $52, transferring 10,028 shares, First Rock Capital fell 75 cents to $12.45, with the swapping of 8,821 stock units, Jamaica Broilers gained  60 cents to end at $25.50 trading 7,334 units. Jamaica Stock Exchange gained 60 cents to finish at $19, exchanging 5,121 units, Palace Amusement dropped $80 to close at $1,620, with investors switching ownership of just seven stock units, Proven Investments advanced $2.97 to $39.14 and clearing the market with 6,561 units. Salada Foods climbed $2.98 to  $27.99, in an exchange of 56 stock units, Scotia Group declined $1.25 to settle at  $46.25, with 101,459 shares changing hands and Wisynco Group dropped $1.19 to end at $15.16 trading 808,615 shares.
In the preference segment of the market, Community & Workers Credit Union lost 44 cents,  ending at an all-time low of $1.55 with an exchange of 43,209 shares.

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

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