JSE main market falters on low volume

Grace Kennedy traded at an intra-day high of $56 on Thursday.

Trading activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Thursday remained low, with an exchange of 4,036,088 units valued at $49,293,055 versus 3,503,975 units valued at $50,822,952 on Wednesday.
Trading levels fell below that of the Junior Market, a rare occurrence as two companies in that market dominated trading. Activities in the main and US dollar markets resulted in 27 securities trading including 2 from the US dollar market compared to 28 securities trading on Wednesday. At the close, the prices of 13 stocks advanced, 9 declined and 5 closed unchanged.
At the close of the market, the All Jamaican Composite Index fell 169.56 points to close at 335,057.54 while the JSE Index declined by 154.49 points to 305,275.25.
Wednesday’s volume was led by Ciboney with 1,075,072 units at 10 cents, accounting for 26.6 percent of the day’s volume, followed by Jamaica Broilers traded 798,007 stock units at $23.50, Mayberry Investments settled at $6.50, with 613,468 units and Pulse Investments jumping $1 to $3, with 460,835 shares.
Stocks with major price changes are, Caribbean Cement that dropped $2.57 to $42.43, Jamaica Broilers gaining 50 cents to end at $23.50, JMMB Group gaining 90 cents to $29.90, Kingston Wharves rising 85 cents to end at $47.25, NCB Financial dropping $2.50 to $95, Sagicor Group losing 75 cents to close at $38.25. Scotia Group fell 40 cents to close at $50.10, Seprod jumped $2.25 to $35.50, Supreme ventures lost 50 cents in closing at $14.50 and Productive Business Solution rose $2 to $105. Grace Kennedy traded at an intraday high of $56 but last traded at $51.61.
In the US dollar market, 8,800 units traded valued at $1,520 as Sterling Investments ended trading 800 shares at after rising 0.8 cent to 10 US cents and Proven Investments lost 0.5 cent to 18 US cents with 8,000 units changing hands. The JSE USD Equities Index declined 2.86 points to 153.15.
Trading resulted in an average of 161,444 units valued at an average of $1,971,722 for each security traded. In contrast to 134,768 units for an average of $1,954,729 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts 183,396 units valued at $2,264,736 compared to 190,523 units at a cost of $2,359,871, on Wednesday. June closed with an average of 250,168 shares with a value of $5,895,281, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 3 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 closing with lower offers.

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