JSE Main Market drops

The Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market ended trading on Thursday, with the market declining after more stocks fell than rose after investors exchanged 50 percent fewer shares than on Wednesday.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index shed 1,900.02 points to settle at 401,910.62, the Main Index declined by 1,720.64 points to close at 366,825.76 and the JSE Financial Index shed 0.39 points to settle at 96.76.
Trading ended with 43 securities changing hands compared to 43 on Wednesday and closed with the prices of 14 stocks rising, the prices of 21 declining and eight remaining unchanged and the average PE Ratio of the market ended at 15.3 based on IC Insider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 11,372,477 shares for  $74,529,571  compare to 22,689,448 units at $201,190,246 on Wednesday.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 5.58 million shares for 49 percent of total volume followed by QWI Investments with 2.11 million units for 18.5 percent of the day’s trade and Transjamaican Highway with 1.33 million units for 11.7 percent market share.
Trading ended with an average of 264,476 units changing hands at $1,733,246 for each security, in comparison to an average of 527,662  shares at $4,678,843 on Wednesday. The average trade for the month to date  ended at 441,102 units at $2,920,753 for each security, in contrast to 451,449 units at $2,990,321. Trading month to date is well ahead of July with an average of 392,128 shares for $2,444,356.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the market shows nine stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Barita Investments dropped 90 cents to close at $53.20, with 5,447 stock units crossing the market, Caribbean Cement advanced $3.63 in ending at $47.63 while exchanging 3,967 shares, First Rock Capital shed 40 cents to close at $12.50 with investors switching ownership of 1,997 units. Grace Kennedy carved out a gain of $1.44 in closing at $56.45, with an exchange of 3,254 shares, Jamaica Broilers Group fell 80 cents to $24 with 62,057 stock units changing hands, Jamaica Producers Group advanced $1 to end at $21 in trading 414 units. Jamaica Stock Exchange lost $1.47 to end at $17.53 after trading 46,764 units, JMMB Group carved out a loss  50 cents to close at $30, with 44,422 stocks crossing the market, Kingston Properties shed 40 cents in closing at $7.20 with an exchange of 169 stock units. Kingston Wharves rose 95 cents to close at $50 in exchanging 572,067 stocks, NCB Financial Group dropped $3.97 to end at $136.01 after trading 158,851 shares, Palace  Amusement dropped by $50 in closing at $1700 crossing the market one stocks. PanJam Investment gained $6  to end at $71 in trading 1,520 stocks, Proven Investments advanced 40 cents to $36.50  with investors swapping 20,001 stock units, Sagicor Group shed 50 cents to close at  $45 after exchanging 18,139 units. Scotia Group dropped by $2.50 in ending at $47,  with an exchange of 112,320 shares and Victoria Mutual Investments gained 40 cents and closed $6.90, with investors switching ownership of 117,840 units.

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

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