JSE Main Market slips on Thursday

The Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended trading on Thursday, with the market declining after investors exchanged 42 percent fewer shares than they did on Wednesday, resulting in more stocks falling than rising.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index dropped 2,282.23 points to settle at 400,977.29, the Main Index carved out a loss 1,985.25 points to close at 365,947.48 and the JSE Financial Index shed 0.64 points to end at 94.60.
Trading ended with 40 securities changing hands with the prices of 12 stocks rising, the prices of 17 declining and 11 remaining unchanged and the average PE Ratio of the market ended at 15.1 based on IC Insider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 11,753,324 shares for $69,988,700 compared to 20,416,869 units at $130,092,416 on Wednesday. Wigton Windfarm led trading with 4.84 million shares for 41 percent of total volume, followed by Transjamaican Highway with 3.54 million units for 30 percent of the day’s trade and QWI Investments with 1.21 million units for 10.3 percent market share.
An average of 293,833 units traded on Thursday at $1,749,718 for each security in comparison to an average of 486,116 at $3,097,438 on Wednesday. An average of 376,349 units traded for the month to date at $2,494,872 for each security that traded, in contrast to 380,152 units at $2,529,211. In contrast, June ended with an average of 818,748 units at $7,498,308.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the market shows six stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Barita Investments ended rising 57 cents to close at $54, with 297 shares crossing the exchange, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund gained $6.30 in finishing at $46.30, with an exchange of 8,648 stock units, Jamaica Broilers Group dropped by $2 to $23, finishing with 11,633 stocks changing hands. Jamaica Producers Group declined 80 cents to $22.50 while trading 131,966 stock units, JMMB Group shed 80 cents to close at $31 exchanging 108,454 shares, Mayberry Jamaican Equities carved out a loss 65 cents, in ending at $8.05, after 153,810 stock units passed through the market. NCB Financial declined by $1 to close at $136 in trading 179,518 shares,  138 Student Living carved out a gain of 88 cents to settle at $6.88, with 107,744 units changing hands, Palace Amusement dropped $239 to $1550 while exchanging a mere one stock.  PanJam Investment lost $1.98 to close at $67 with investors switching ownership of 51,626 shares, Proven Investments rose 50 cents to settle at $34.50 with an exchange of 5,079 stocks,  Sagicor Group carved out a loss 97 cents to end at $42 in trading  266,591 units. Scotia Group fell $2.50 to settle at $43 and cleared the market with 132,151 stock units,  Seprod shed $1.20 to close at $56 after exchanging 2,061 units and Wisynco Group rose 69 cents to $17.99 nd trading 6,314 shares.

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

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