JSE Main Market ends week with gains

The Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market ended trading on Friday, with the market rising after an almost equal number of stocks rising and falling after an exchange of 95 percent more shares and 437 percent more value than on Thursday.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index carved out a gain of 2,653.46 points to 403,299.57, the Main Index increased 2,608.75 points to 368,392.30 and the JSE Financial Index gained 1.17 points to settle at 96.99.
Trading ended with 39 securities changing hands compared to 43 on Thursday and closed with the prices of 15 stocks rising, 16 declining and eight remaining unchanged. The average PE Ratio of the market ended at 15.6 based on IC Insider.com forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 12,180,541 shares for $217,796,102 compared to 6,254,690 units at $40,537,477 on Thursday. Kingston Wharves led trading with 32.9 percent of total volume equaling 4 million shares, followed by Pulse Investments with 21.2 percent for 2.58 million units, Wigton Windfarm with 16.1 percent market share for 1.96 million units and Transjamaican Highway with 1.86 million units changing hands for 15.3 percent of the day’s volume.
Trading closed with an average of 312,322 units changing hands at $5,584,515 for each security compared to an average of 145,458 shares at  $942,732 on Thursday. The average trade for the month to date ended at 217,776 units at $1,474,275 for each security, in contrast to 211.084 units at $1,183,350. Trading month to date compares adversely to August’s average of 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 eight stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Barita Investments shed 99 cents to end at $59, with investors swapping 13,701 shares, Caribbean Cement climbed $1.65 to $49.15, after exchanging 313 units, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund jumped $5.48 to settle at an all-time high of $57.48, in an exchange of  156 stock units. First Rock Capital closed at $13, after picking up 55 cents and trading 6,461 stocks, Jamaica Broilers Group gained 50 cents to settle at  $26, with 13,590 stock units clearing the market, JMMB Group rose 58 cents to $29.60, in trading  4,656 stock units. Key Insurance climbed 75 cents to $8.48 after exchanging 73,209  shares. Kingston Wharves declined $4  in closing at $46, after an exchange of 4,004,829 shares, Mayberry Investments lost 43 cents to finish at $5.17, with 16,500 stock units passing through the market, NCB Financial Group fell to $132, after losing $1 and trading  42,183 stock units. 138 Student Living gained 49 cents to close at $5, with an exchange of 30 shares, Palace Amusement dropped $125 to end at $1,495 in an exchange of 13 units, Proven Investments lost  64 cents to settle at $38.50, in transferring 1,631 units, Sagicor Group lost 40 cents to close at $44.30, with investors swapping 35,333 shares. Scotia Group advanced by $3.75,  ending at $50 while exchanging 47,493 shares, Seprod lost 89 cents to close at $55, with investors switching ownership of 2,229 stock units and Wisynco Group rose $1.34, in ending at $16.50, with 25,039 stock units changing hands.
In the preference segment of the market, Community & Workers Credit Union gained  43 cents to end at $1.98 in trading just five units.

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

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