JSE main market in sharp drop – Thursday

Carreras traded most shares on Thursday, with more than 7M units changing hands.

Fresh from vested interest hiking some prices at the close of the previous month the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed the first day of March with a big fall as prices returned to more normal levels on Thursday.
At the close, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index dived sharply by 3,876.54 points to 317,331.11 and the JSE Index sank 3,531.97 points to end at 289,124.52.
Trading on Thursday closed 28 securities changing hands with 9 advancing, 13 declining and 5 trading firm, in the main and US dollar markets.
The securities with the largest price changes include, Berger Paints rising $1.35 to $21.35, Caribbean Cement falling $2.99 to $33.01, Jamaica Producers rising $1.90 to $17, JMMB Group that dropped by $1.99 to $24.01, Sagicor Group with a fall of 99 cents to $36.51 and Salada Foods with a decline of $1 to $10.50.
Main market activity ended with 22,773,292 units valued at $377,866,606 compared to 5,402,156 units valued at$66,110,510 on Thursday. Carreras accounted for 7,029,473 units changing hands, or 30.87 percent of the total volume traded, followed by Ciboney Group with 4,963,048 units representing 21.79 percent of the market volume and JMMB Group with 4,190,962 units or 18.40 percent of units traded and Grace Kennedy with 4,047,260 shares.
Trading results in an average of 875,896 shares valued at $14,533,331 for each security traded, in contrast to 200,080 shares valued at $2,448,537 on Wednesday. In contrast, February closed with average of 213,336 units valued at $3,392,475 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 9 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with Margaritaville concluded trading added 1 cent and settled at 20 US cents with 2,322 units and Sterling Investments fell 3 cents and ended at closed a 52 weeks’ low of 9 US cents with 1,000 shares. Overall, trading closed with just 3,322 shares with a value of US$554 as the market index slipped 0.94 points to 171.61.

For more details of market activities see – JSE volume jump sharply on Thursday.

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