JSE Main market in a struggle

The Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market ended trading on Wednesday with the market declining after four stocks fell for three rising after an exchange of 78 percent more shares than on Tuesday, with similar values.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index declined by 3,653.98 points to 399,521.22. The Main Index fell by 3,312.47 points to 364,705.28, the JSE Financial Index shed 1.02 points to settle at 96.19.
Trading ended with 44 securities changing hands compared to 42 on Tuesday and closed with the prices of 15 stocks rising, 20 declining and nine remaining unchanged. The average PE Ratio of the market ended at 15.2 based on IC Insider.com forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 8,881,013 shares for $39,150,303  compared to 4,987,272 units at $39,141,028 on Tuesday. Transjamaican Highway led trading with 32.2 percent of total volume for 2.86 million shares, followed by Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 23.1 percent and 2.05 million units and Wigton Windfarm with 17.5 percent and 1.55 million shares.
Trading ended with an average of 201,841 units changing hands at $889,780 for each security compared to an average of 118,745 shares at  $931,929 on Tuesday. The average trade for the month to date ended at 216,639
units at $1,203,718 for each security, in contrast to  218,043  units at $1,233,488. 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 seven stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Barita Investments gained $1.50 and closed at $58.50, with an exchange of 16,714 shares, Berger Paints gained 83 cents in ending at $11.85 with investors swapping 6,605 units, Caribbean Cement declined by $4.49 to settle at $43.60,
in trading 2,189 stock units. Eppley rose 85 cents to end at $24.85, in exchanging 100 units, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund climbed 50 cents to $50, with 530 units crossing the market, Grace Kennedy rose $1.20 in closing at $57 and trading 28,405 shares. Jamaica Broilers settled at $24.90, after gaining 30 cents in the transfer of 3,416 units, Jamaica Stock Exchange closed 75 cents higher at $18.40, with 4,068 stock units traded, Kingston Properties shed $1.10 to settle at $6.30 with investors swapping 50 units. Kingston Wharves jumped $6.90 to settle at  $49.90 after 350 units crossed the market, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy dropped $8 to $155, in an exchange of 321 units, Portland JSX lost 48 cents in closing at $7.02 and trading 2,400 stock units. Proven Investments fell $1.82 to $36.17, with investors swapping 3,366 stock units, Salada Foods declined by $3.74 to $25.01, with an exchange of  6,979 stock units, Scotia Group shed 50 cents to settle at $47.50, in transferring 117,147 shares. Seprod rose to $55.89, after climbing $1.89 and exchanging  22,839 shares, Supreme Ventures gained 65 cents to close at $14, trading 24,670 shares and Sygnus Credit Investments rose  47 cents to $17.97, with 26,303 shares changing hands.

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

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