JSE main market in consolidation mode

Activities picked up a bit on the Jamaica Stock Exchange primary market on Tuesday but left the market in a stalemate with an almost equal number of securities rising and falling as the market tries to claw its way higher ahead of the final month of 2019.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index dipped 432.09 points to close at 552,267.83, the JSE Index lost 548.28 points to 502,734.12 while the JSE Financial Index gained 0.16 points to close at 136.63.
The market closed with 40 securities changing hands in the main and US dollar markets with 15 stocks advancing, 14 declining and 11 stocks trading firm. Main market activity ended with 37 securities accounting for 34,952,276 units valued at $127,514,628, in contrast to 17,983,605 units valued at $109,287,271 on Monday from 38 securities.
Sagicor Select Funds dominated trading with 16 million shares for 46 percent of the day’s trade, Wigton Windfarm with 13.2 million shares and 38 percent and QWI Investments with 1.7 million shares and 4.9 percent of total volume.
The market closed with an average of 944,656 units valued at an average of $3,446,341 for each security traded, in contrast to 473,523 units for an average of 2,875,981 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 660,717 units valued at $8,989,829 and previously, an average of 644,199 units valued at $9,331,109 for each security changing hands. The market closed out October with an average of 957,488 units valued at $13,947,047 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 15 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 9 with lower offers. The PE ratio of the market ended at 17.7, with the traditional market ending at 18.6 times 2019 current year’s earnings.
In the premier market, Barita Investments climbed $2 higher to $72 after trading 42,782 shares, Caribbean Cement lost $1 to settle at $79, after exchanging 5,766 shares, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund dropped $3.60, in ending at $33 with 850 units traded. Eppley gained 50 cents to close at $15, in swapping 700 shares, Grace Kennedy rose by 50 cents to $62.50, while transferring 82,359 units, Jamaica Broilers lost $2 to close at $38, with an exchange of 32,186 shares, Jamaica Stock Exchange climbed $1.80 to finish at $26.80 after 807,402 shares changed hands. Mayberry Investments closed with a rise of $1.80 to $10, in transferring 92,283 stock units, 138 Student Living lost 40 cents, ending the day at $3.90 with 515,355 units changing hands. PanJam Investment climbed to $102.50, with gains of $1.40 in swapping 2,730 shares, Sagicor Group closed $1 higher to $66, with an exchange of 281,208 stock units, Seprod climbed $1.37 higher to $51.99, with 19,942 units traded and Wisynco Group lost 50 cents in ending at $23.50 with 66,497 shares crossing the market.
Trading in the US dollar market closed with 482,671 units valued at US$154,386, with the market index declining 5.63 points to close at 208.55. Proven Investments gained 0.45 cents and closed at 32 US cents while trading 469,420 shares, JMMB Group 6% preference share closed at US$1.01, losing 1 US cent, with 13,070 units changing hands and Sygnus Credit Investments ended at 14 US cents with an exchange of 181 units.

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