JSE Main Market stocks dive

The Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market ended trading on Monday with the market declining as more stocks fell than rose after investors exchanged 38 percent fewer shares than on Friday and the value of the shares traded down 87 percent.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index fell by 1,321.77 points to 401,977.80, the Main Index dropped 1,224.08 points to 367,168.22 and the JSE Financial Index lost 0.70 points to settle at 96.29.
Trading ended with 41 securities changing hands compared to 39 on Friday and closed with the prices of 13 stocks rising, 18 declining and 10 remaining unchanged. The average PE Ratio of the market ended at 15.6 based on IC Insider.com forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 7,551,575 shares for $27,498,792  compared to 12,180,541 units at $217,796,102 on Friday. Transjamaican Highway led trading with 51.5 percent of total volume, as 3.89 million shares changed hands, followed by Wigton Windfarm with 16 percent and 1.21 million units and Pulse Investments with 15.3 percent or 1.16 million shares.
Trading ended with an average of 184,185 units changing hands at $670,702 for each security, compared to an average of 312,322 shares at  $5,584,515 on Friday. The average trade for the month to date ended at 215,594  units at $1,422,062 for each security, in contrast to 217,776 units at  $1,474,275. Trading month to date compares adversely to, August with an 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 eight stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and five with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Barita Investments rose 60 cents to $59.60, with 3,098 shares passing through the market, Caribbean Cement fell $4.05 to end at $45.10, in exchanging 23,510 stock units, Eppley climbed $1 in closing at a 52 weeks’ high of $25, with investors swapping just one stock unit. First Rock Capital shed 55 cents to close at $12.45 trading 610 shares, Grace Kennedy rose 99 cents to settle at $57.99, with an exchange of 16,327 stocks. Jamaica Producers Group gained 50 cents to close at $20.50, in trading 1,017 units, Jamaica Stock Exchange shed 75 cents, finishing at $18 after exchanging 92,507 shares, JMMB Group closed at $29.06, with a loss of 54 cents after transferring  28,790 shares. Kingston Wharves advanced $3 to $49,  with investors swapping 111 units, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy declined by $5 to end at  $150, after 100 units crossed the exchange, NCB Financial Group climbed $3 to $135, with 8,944 stock units crossing the market. Proven Investments lost $1.40 in trading 7,846 stock units at $37.10, Scotia Group declined by $3.99 to $46.01, after exchanging 97,651 shares, Supreme Ventures fell 45 cents to $13.55 trading 14,448 stock units. Sygnus Credit Investments gained 99 cents in ending at $18.50, with 11,502 stock units clearing the market and Wisynco Group shed 50 cents to close at $16, in exchanging 54,955  shares.
In the preference segment of the Main Market, Eppley 8.75% preference share climbed $1.12 to close at a 52 weeks’ high of $8.59 in an exchange of 115 units.

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

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