JSE majors enjoy market index rise

Stocks ended a mixed day of trading with the market indices climbing at the close of trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market ended trading on Monday even after more stocks declined than rose, with 46 percent more shares trading than on Friday.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index gained 1,612.03 points to 430,576.51, the Main Index climbed 1,458.81 points to 392,702.80 and the JSE Financial Index gained 0.87 points to settle at 100.46.
Trading ended with 47 active securities, up from 46 on Friday, with 13 rising, 20 declining and 14 remaining unchanged. The PE Ratio closed with an average of 17.1 based on IC Insider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
Traders exchanged 16,438,991 shares for $63,472,730 compared to 11,266,697 units at $57,405,399 on Friday. Transjamaican Highway led trading with 26.1 percent of total volume, after 4.29 million shares changed hands followed by Wigton Windfarm with 16.1 percent for 2.64 million units. Sagicor Select Financial Fund accounted for 13.5 percent market share with 2.23 million units, Ciboney Group 11.2 percent with 1.84 million units, Sagicor Select Manufacturing & Distribution Fund 8.2 percent for 1.34 million units and QWI Investments with 6.3 percent of the day’s trade for 1.04 million units.
Trading for the day averaged 349,766 units at $1,350,484, compared to 244,928 shares at $1,247,943 on Friday. Trading month to date averaged 385,578 units at $2,426,979, versus 388,213 units at $2,506,158 on Friday. Trading in January averaged 311,275 units at $1,432,133.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows nine stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At close of trading, Berger Paints rose 57 cents to $13.88, with 180 shares changing hands, Ciboney Group increased 7 cents to a new multi-year high of $1.40 with an exchange of 1,842,996 stock units, First Rock Capital dropped $1 to $15, trading 1,594 stock units, Jamaica Producers lost 32 cents at $20, with the swapping of 36,429 stocks. Jamaica Stock Exchange shed $1.29 to close at $17.71 after trading 26,436 units, JMMB Group rose 50 cents to $33, with a transfer of 36,696 shares, Key Insurance closed 30 cents lower at $5.20, with an exchange of 48,232 units. Kingston Wharves lost 55 cents to end at $45, with 5,651 shares crossing the market, Palace Amusement climbed $92.99 to $999.99 after exchanging 52 stock units. 138 Student Living fell $1.95 to $6.05 in exchanging 82,943 shares, PanJam Investment dipped 52 cents to $65.50, in an exchange of 25,618 units, Proven Investments shed 46 cents to $37.53 with 2,000 shares changing hands. Sagicor Group rose $1.60 to $51.70, with 13,166 stocks crossing the exchange, Salada Foods declined by $3 to $37, with the swapping of 23,788 shares, Scotia Group advanced by $2 to $43 after exchanging 54,147 units. Seprod climbed $2.15 to $69, with 16,385 stock units changing hands, Stanley Motta lost 25 cents in closing at $5.20 trading 418 shares and Sygnus Credit Investments rose $1.17 to $15.60, in transferring 69,924 stocks.
In the preference segment, JMMB Group 7.25% rose 35 cents to $1.60 trading 7,856 shares.

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

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