JSE Main Market surges to monthly high

After closing on Monday for the Labour day holiday, the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange roar back to life after falling on Friday, with the market indices jumping more than 6,000 points and wiping out Friday’s losses to close at the highest level since the April 22.
At the close, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index advanced by 6,794.20 points to 420,824.34, the JSE Market Index climbed 6,322.58 points to 383,687.12 and the JSE Financial Index gained 1.80 points to 100.87.
The market closed with 48 securities changing hands in the Main and US dollar markets with prices of 15 stocks advancing, 13 declining and 20 securities trading firm. The JSE Main Market activity ended with 45 securities accounting for 17,326,841 units valued at $105,645,502, in contrast to 19,035,180 units valued at $127,444,585 from 40 securities on Friday.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 9.55 million shares for 55 percent of total volume followed by Trans Jamaican Highway with 2.9 million units for 17 percent of the day’s trade and Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 1.1 million units for 6.3 percent market share.
The Market closed with an average of 385,041 units at $2,347,678 for each security trading, in contrast to 475,880 units valued at an average of $3,186,115 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amount to 357,768 units valued $2,888,684 for each security changing hands, compared to 356,019 units with an average of $2,925,515. Trading in April resulted in an average of 1,077,021 units valued at $3,829,201 for each security.
IC bid-offer Indicator At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows eleven stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and seven stocks closing with lower offers. The PE ratio of the market ended at 14.7, while the Main Market ended at 15 times 2020-21 earnings.
In the Main Market, Caribbean Cement closed at $52, with gains of $3.60 trading 36,034 stock units, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund closed 98 cents higher exchanging 101 units at $37, First Rock Capital gained $1.20 to close $12.35, in transferring 125,317 shares. Grace Kennedy picked up 60 cents to close at $58.60, after swapping 92,756 shares, Jamaica Broilers shed 40 cents trading 31,005 stock units to settle at $26.10, Jamaica Producers advanced $1.50 to $21.50, after swapping 3,786 units. Key Insurance ended 38 cents lower at $5, with an exchange of 10,592 units, Kingston Wharves fell by $3 to $54, in transferring 7,208 units, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy jumped $25 to $176 while trading 140 units. NCB Financial Group slipped to $147.49, with a loss of 51 cents with 321,990 shares changing hands, 138 Student Living closed 31 cents lower at $6.69, after exchanging 408 units, Palace Amusement declined by $100 to end at $1,200, with a transfer of just 10 units. Proven Investments closed 51 cents lower at $35.99, transferring 12,181 stock units, Sagicor Group rose 80 cents to $45.80, with 36,265 stock units changing hands, Salada Foods advanced by $4 to $30 trading only one unit. Scotia Group fell by $2.21 to $44.79, in transferring 40,568 stock units, Seprod gained $1 to end at $54, in exchanging 36,296 stock units and Supreme Ventures ended 95 cents lower at $15, with 572,803 shares crossing the exchange.
In the preference segment, 138 Student Living variable rate, stock, lost $1 to end at $5 with 216 shares trading

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

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