JSE main market index rising

The market indices raced to big gains of more than 5,000 points in the first hour of trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market on Wednesday but gave up a few thousand points before ending trading up by more than 3,000 points, although declining stocks outnumbered rising ones, almost two to one.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index advanced by 3,396.16 points to 432,332.67, the Main Index climbed 3,018.17 points to 394,446.38 and the JSE Financial Index rose 0.33 points to settle at 103.44.
Trading ended with 42 securities changing hands compared to 45 on Tuesday and closed with the prices of 13 stocks rising, 24 declining and five remaining unchanged. The average PE Ratio ends at 15.8 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 73 percent fewer shares than on Tuesday as 12,512,087 shares traded for $330,562,424 compared to 46,789,600 units at $269,845,318 on Tuesday. Barita Investments led trading with 25.9 percent of total volume, after exchanging 3.24 million shares, followed by Transjamaican Highway with 19.4 percent of the day’s trade for 2.42 million units, Wigton Windfarm with 14.9 percent market share for 1.87 million units for 14.9 percent market share and QWI Investments accounted for 9.1 percent with 1.14 million units.
Trading averaged 297,907 units at $7,870,534 for each security, compared to 1,039,769 shares at $5,996,563 on Tuesday. The average trade for the month to date is 385,494 units at $7,053,566 for each security, compared to 390,690 units at $7,005,102 on Tuesday. October averaged 398,200 units at $4,622,532.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 10 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and none with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Berger Paints gained 65 cents to settle at $12.50, after exchanging 33,647 shares, Caribbean Cement lost $1.40 to close at $59.50, in trading 13,540 units, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund declined $4 to end at $40, with an exchange of 6,076 stock units. Grace Kennedy climbed $2.08 to $63.08, trading 47,479 shares, Jamaica Broilers shed 82 cents to $27.08 after swapping 36,110 shares, Jamaica Producers fell $1.71 to $20.03 after transferring 1,900 units. Jamaica Stock Exchange shed 90 cents to end at $19, with an exchange of 13,464 stocks, JMMB Group lost 65 cents to end at $32.35, in clearing the market with 127,898 shares, Kingston Wharves declined $3.15 to $45.70 trading 17,400 stock units. Mayberry Investments fell $1.05 to $5.95 after exchanging 40,850 stocks, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy climbed $11.99 to close at $150 after trading 292 units, NCB Financial gained 90 cents to end at $146, with 10,623 shares changing hands. Pan Jam Investment finished at $67.10, with gains of 60 cents after clearing the market with 18,832 units, Proven Investments lost 36 cents to settle at $38.68, with the swapping of 14,106 stock units, Pulse Investments ended at $4.58 after losing 31 cents and exchanging 443,745 shares. Salada Foods fell $1 to $28, in transferring 24,249 stock units, Scotia Group declined $1.71 to $45.14, in clearing the market with 11,685 units, Seprod shed 50 cents to settle at $64, with 1,163 stocks passing through the market. Sterling Investments gained 50 cents to end at $3.70, with the switching of 330 units, Supreme Ventures gained 48 cents to finish at $16.48 after trading 162,359 shares and Wisynco Group closed 49 cents higher at $16, with 437,353 stocks passing through the market.

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

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