JSE Main Market drops on Tuesday

Trading activities knocked several thousand points off the indices of the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market after more stocks declined than rose on Tuesday after an exchange of 33 percent fewer shares and a 13 percent fall in value than on Monday.
The All Jamaican Composite Index slumped 3,448.73 points to 427,800.39, the Main Index dropped 3,105.44 points to close at 390,255.61 and the JSE Financial Index dipped 1.17 points to settle at 101.03.
Trading ended with 47 securities changing hands compared to 45 on Monday and closed with prices of 13 stocks rising, 23 declining and 11 remaining unchanged.
The average PE Ratio closed at 16.6 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
Traders exchanged 14,425,631 shares for $58,928,355 down from 21,543,484 units at $67,653,800 on Monday. Transjamaican Highway led trading with 47.7 percent of total volume for 6.88 million shares followed by Pulse Investments with 18.1 percent for 2.61 million units and Wigton Windfarm with 12.8 percent market share for 1.85 million units.
Trading averaged 306,928 units at $1,253,795, versus 478,744 shares at $1,503,418 on Monday. Trading month to date averaged 350,619 units at $1,079,650, in contrast to 358,339 shares at $1,048,880 on Tuesday. Trading in December averaged 455,206 units at $7,774,631.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading has seven stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and five with lower offers.
At the close of trading, Berger Paints advanced $1.10 to $14.10, with an exchange of 895 shares, Eppley rose 90 cents to $27.90 exchanging 930 stocks. Eppley Caribbean Property Fund gained 44 cents to finish at $43, with 7,400 units crossing the exchange, Jamaica Broilers ended 40 cents higher at $28.40 trading 10,160 stocks, Mayberry Jamaican Equities lost 30 cents in closing at $7.70, with an exchange of 18,845 shares. NCB Financial declined $3.63 to $138.37 after investors swapped 21,271 shares, 138 Student Living gained 38 cents in closing at $4.89 trading 6,805 stocks, Pan Jam Investment shed 57 to $72, in exchanging 8,090 shares, Portland JSX fell $1 to $8.50, in transferring 1,673 stock units. Pulse Investments lost 30 cents to end at $4.45, with investors swapping 2,607,378 shares, Sagicor Group rose 85 cents to end at $50.35 after trading 10,629 stock units, Sagicor Real Estate Fund declined by $1.95 to $6.30, as investors swapped 10,000 shares and Salada Foods fell $2.75 to $26, with 871 units crossing the market.
In the preference segment, Eppley 8.75% preference share dropped 52 cents to $7 with 1,000 units changing hands.

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

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