JSE majors give up some gains

Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market gave back some of the solid gains enjoyed on Tuesday as declining stocks outpaced declining ones and the volume and value of stocks trading rose.
At the close, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index declined by 2,732.71 points to 418,091.63, the JSE Market Index dropped 2,473.80 points to 381,213.32 and the JSE Financial Index lost 0.29 points to 100.58.
The market closed with 49 securities changing hands in the Main and US dollar markets with prices of 16 stocks advancing, 21 declining and 12 securities trading firm. The JSE Main Market activity ended with 44 securities accounting for 18,437,961 units valued at $158,788,476, in contrast to 17,326,841 units valued at $105,645,502 from 45 securities on Tuesday.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 5.8 million shares for 31.4 percent of total volume followed by Trans Jamaican Highway with 5.1 million units for 27.7 percent of the day’s trade and Carreras with 1.1 million units for 5.8 percent market share. Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 1.06 million shares was the only other company trading over a million units.
The Market closed with an average of 419,045 units at $3,608,829 for each security traded, in contrast to 385,041 units valued at an average of $2,347,678 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amount to 361,176 units valued at $2,930,932 for each security changing hands, compared to 357,768 units with an average value of $2,888,684. 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 twelve stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and eight stocks closing with lower offers. The PE ratio of the market ended at 14.6, while the Main Market ended at 14.9 times 2020/21 earnings.
In the Main Market trading, Barita Investments lost 60 cents to close at $50.40, after trading 14,026 stock units, Caribbean Cement fell by $1 to $51, with an exchange of 418,010 shares, First Rock Capital climbed $2.40 to $14.75 after 8,014 units crossed the exchange. Grace Kennedy closed 61 cents lower at $57.99, with 365,867 shares changing hands, Jamaica Broilers gained 40 cents after swapping 186,450 shares to end at $26.50, Jamaica Stock Exchange picked up 40 cents to settle at $22.90, after exchanging 13,248 stock units. Kingston Wharves closed 99 cents higher at $54.99, with a transfer of 10,560 stock units, NCB Financial Group slipped 50 cents to end at $146.99, after swapping 318,361 shares, Palace Amusement advanced $100 to end at $1,300 while trading 80 units. PanJam Investment closed at $75.01, with a loss of 74 cents after exchanging 34,676 stock units, Proven Investments fell 99 cents to finish at $35, in swapping 26,455 stock units, Sagicor Real Estate Fund ended 84 cents lower at $7.10, with 105,300 shares changing hands. Salada Foods declined $1.50 to $28.50 after 15,492 stock units changed hands, Seprod lost 44 cents to close at $53.56, in trading 51,316 stock units, Stanley Motta finished at $4.70, having lost 35 cents in swapping 12,264 units. Supreme Ventures ended at $15.70, with a rise of 70 cents in exchanging 645,967 shares and Sygnus Credit Investments gained 79 cents with 38,427 stock units crossing the exchange and closed at $16.99.

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

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