JSE Main Market stocks plunge

The Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange gave up all of Monday’s gains and a bit more at the close on trading on Monday, with the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index carving out a loss of 3,468.25 points to end at 411,583.46, the JSE Market Index dropped 3,134.54 points to 375,462.49.

Kingsley Cooper Chairman of Pulse Investments that led trading on Tuesday with most shares.

The JSE Financial Index lost 1.12 points to 96.97 and the PE ratio of the combined US dollar and Main Market ended at 14.9, while the Main Market ended at 15.3 times ICInsider.com projected 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with 44 securities changing hands in the Main and US dollar markets with prices of 14 stocks advancing, 24 declining and 6 securities trading firm. The JSE Main Market activity ended with 38 securities accounting for 23,658,315 units valued at $370,631,204, in contrast to 5,583,023 units valued at $31,456,051 from 44 securities on Monday.
Pulse Investments led trading with 6 million shares for 25 percent of total volume followed by Wigton Windfarm with 5.6 million units for 23.6 percent of the day’s trade and Sagicor Group with 5.4 million units for 22.8 percent of the market’s volume. JMMB Group was the only other stock to exceed a million shares and ended with 2.2 million units changing hands.
An average of 622,587 shares traded on Tuesday at $9,753,453 for each security, in contrast to 126,887 units at an average of $714,910 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date ends 400,703 units at $6,759,539 for each security changing hands, compared to 388,606 units with an average of $6,585,846. Trading in May resulted in an average of 475,543 units valued at $3,077,280 for each security.
IC bid-offer Indicator At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows fifteen stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and three stocks closing with lower offers.
In the Main Market, Caribbean Cement gained 30 cents to close at $49.90, in trading 3,698 units, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund advanced by $2.22 to $43.97, with an exchange of 2,000 units, Jamaica Producers ended $1.71 lower at $20.70, in transferring 192,127 shares. Jamaica Stock Exchange picked up 40 cents swapping 19,725 stock units to end at $23.89, JMMB Group shed 50 cents to finish at $33, with 2,167,140 shares changing hands, Key Insurance fell by $1 trading 120,262 shares and settled at $4. Kingston Wharves ended at $56.18, with a loss of $1.30 transferring 257 units, Mayberry Jamaican Investments lost 60 cents swapping 85,440 shares to close at $9.20, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy declined by $4 to $170, in exchange of 287 units. NCB Financial Group fell to $141, after losing $2.70 trading 52,823 stock units, Proven Investments closed $1 lower at $33, with a transfer of 45,593 stock units, Sagicor Group ended at $44.80, with a loss of $1.70 swapping 5,391,323 shares. Salada Foods gained 50 cents to close at $29, after exchanging 4,788 units, Scotia Group traded 205,805 shares at $42.50, having lost 80 cents and Sterling Investments picked up 30 cents, ending the day’s trade at $2.45 transferring 10,300 units.

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

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