JSE Main Market falters

The Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market pulled back on Tuesday, with the volume of stocks traded declining 31 percent, with a 154 percent greater than on Monday as rising stocks were marginally less than those falling.
Overall, 9,556,775 shares were exchanged for $186,056,204 versus 13,814,659 units at $73,312,672 on Monday. Trading averages 170,657 units at $3,322,432, compared to 260,654 shares at $1,383,258 on Monday and month to date, an average of 261,247 units at $3,673,549, compared to 266,182 units at $3,692,676 on the previous trading day. May closed with an average of 238,645 units at $3,561,016.
PanJam Investment led trading with 1.90 million shares for 19.8 percent of total volume, followed by Transjamaican Highway with 1.54 million units for 16.1 percent of the day’s trade, Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 1.05 million units for 11 percent market share and Wigton Windfarm with 1.04 million units for 10.9 percent market share.
The All Jamaican Composite Index declined 883.90 points to 436,934.47, the JSE Main Index fell 816.45 to 381708.79 and the JSE Financial Index slipped 0.12 points to settle at 91.11.
Trading ended with 56 securities up from 53 on Monday, with 22 rising, 23 declining and 11 ending unchanged.
The PE Ratio, a formula to ascertain appropriate stock values, averages 14.3 for the Main Market. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios are computed based on ICInsider.com’s forecasted earnings for companies with financial years ending up to the close of August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 11 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and six stocks with lower offers.
At the close, Berger Paints increased 80 cents in closing at $12, with  930 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cement fell $1 to $64 and closed after trading 56,189 units, Carreras rose 48 cents to $9.98, with 88,008 stock units changing hands. Eppley shed $5.50 to close at $38.50 trading 2,338 stocks, GraceKennedy lost 99 cents to end at $104 in trading 4,907 stock units, Guardian Holdings dropped $3 to end at $501 in switching ownership of 3,563 units. JMMB Group rallied 50 cents in ending at $42 while exchanging 238,705 shares, Margaritaville declined $1.77 in closing at $16.50, with an exchange of 270 stocks, Mayberry Jamaican Equities shed 41 cents to close at $12.99 after trading 43,396 stocks. MPC Caribbean Clean Energy gained $10.50 to close at $106.50, with 482 shares crossing the market, NCB Financial popped $1.50 to $103.50 with the swapping of 14,369 stock units, 138 Student Living advanced 31 cents to end at $5.10 with an exchange of 622 units. Palace Amusement fell $85.99, in ending at $900, with 38 shares clearing the market, Proven Investments dropped $1.45 to close at $36.50 after exchanging 4,114 units, Sagicor Group declined 90 cents in closing at $55 with an exchange of 16,581 stocks.

Scotia Group climbed $1.79 to $37.79 with 2,215 stock units changing hands, Stanley Motta lost 49 cents to end at $5 in exchanging 42,770 shares, Sygnus Credit Investments declined 65 cents to close at $14.30 in an exchange of 18,158 stock units and Sygnus Real Estate Finance climbed $1 in ending at $15 , with an exchange of 300 units.
In the preference segment138 Student Living preference share fell 75 cents in closing at $20 in exchanging 14 stocks.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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